WXXI is proud to host a new season of free screenings, featuring films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens. The screenings, held at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY), will be followed by lively panel discussions to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. These events are free, open to the public, and reservations are not required.
Please join us Monday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. for As Goes Janesville. Filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein explores how America’s middle class is dwindling, and the debate over how to save it is nowhere fiercer than in the normally tranquil state of Wisconsin. As Goes Janesville catapults viewers to the front lines of America's debate over the future of its middle class – a debate that has become a pitched battle over unions in the normally tranquil state of Wisconsin. First, General Motors shuts down Janesville's century-old plant, causing mass layoffs and residents exiled in search of work. Then newly elected governor Scott Walker ignites a firestorm by introducing a bill to end collective bargaining, unleashing a fury of protest and sparking a recall election. Spend three years in the lives of laid-off workers trying to reinvent themselves; business leaders aligned with the governor to promote a pro-business agenda that they believe will woo new companies to town; and a state senator caught in the middle, trying to bring peace to his warring state and protect workers' rights. As goes Janesville, so goes America, a polarized nation losing its grasp on the American Dream.
As Goes Janesville is supported by The MacArthur Foundation, ITVS, the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Fund, The Mary L. Nohl Fund, and PBS. It is a co-production between 371 Productions and Kartemquin Films.
The film will be followed by a talkback. Panelists include:
Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, is Director and faculty of Women and Gender Studies (WMS) at The College at Brockport in Brockport, NY. Dr. LeSavoy teaches Feminist Theory, Sex and Culture, and Senior Seminar in Women and Gender Studies, and she maintains a dynamic scholarship agenda. Her research and publication areas include women’s global human rights, gender and popular culture, intersectionality and educational equity/success, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint. Dr. LeSavoy chairs Rochester/Novgorod sister city Linkages Women's Partnership Committee and is currently leading a three faculty team working on a SUNY National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project that will support a global classroom linking students at the College at Brockport with students at Novgorod State University. Dr. LeSavoy also chairs the Greater Rochester American Association of University Women (AAUW) College/University Partnership committee and the Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues College Alliance, and she is a founding member of the Greater Rochester Consortium of Women and Gender Studies Faculty.
Dr. Melody Boyd is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College at Brockport-SUNY. She teaches classes on race and urban sociology and her research focuses on urban poverty with an emphasis on the roles of race, education and housing policy in the neighborhood experiences of families. She received her degree from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Jim Bertlone, President of the Rochester and Genesee Valley Labor Federation.
Watch the trailer: