American Winter (2012)

  • Director/Producer: Joe Gantz
  • Director/Producer: Harry Gantz
  • Co-Producer: Devon Terrill
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American Winter is a documentary feature film that follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.Years after the recession began, millions of families are struggling to meet their basic needs, and many formerly middle class families are finding themselves in financial crisis, and needing assistance for the first time in their lives. Meanwhile, the social safety net that was created to help people in difficult times has been weakened by massive budget cuts, creating a perfect storm of greater need and fewer resources to help vulnerable families.Filmed over the course of one winter in Portland, Oregon, American Winter presents an intimate and emotionally evocative snapshot of the state of our economy as it is playing out in many American families. Woven into the film are interviews with local economic experts, policy analysts, and religious leaders, as well as interviews with social workers on the front lines of the economic fallout.

The Film Campaign

Issue: Economy


Reel Economy


  • Portland International Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature
  • Workers Unite Film Festival - Best of the Festival

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Event Name Date City State   Location Status
American Winter May 29, 2014 Wilmington NC United States Community Arts Center Complete
American Winter May 29, 2014 Durham NC United States Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus Complete
American Winter May 29, 2014 Greensboro NC United States Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC-Greensboro Complete
American Winter May 29, 2014 Greenville NC United States Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Communtiy Center Complete
American Winter May 29, 2014 Asheville NC United States Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville Complete
American Winter May 29, 2014 Charlotte NC United States NCAE Complete
American Winter May 29, 2014 Raleigh NC United States Kenan Hall at William Peace University Complete
American Winter May 06, 2014 Baltimore MD United States Sheldon Hall, Johns Hopkins University Public Health School Complete
American Winter Apr 30, 2014 Duluth MN United States Teatro Zuccone Complete
American Winter Apr 30, 2014 Concord NH United States Red River Theater Complete
American Winter Apr 24, 2014 Red Oak IA United States The Red Oak Grand Theater Complete
American Winter Apr 22, 2014 St. Bonaventure NY United States The Regina Quick Center Complete
American Winter Screening and Reception Apr 09, 2014 Framingham MA United States Bose Corporation Complete
American Winter, a documentary about American poverty Apr 08, 2014 New Britain CT United States Vance 105, Central Connecticut University Complete
American Winter Apr 07, 2014 Middletown CT United States Wesleyan University Complete
American Winter Mar 01, 2014 Portland OR United States Tabor Heights United Methodist Church Complete
American Winter Feb 11, 2014 Chico CA United States Pageant Theater Complete
American Winter Feb 07, 2014 Gresham OR United States Zion United Church of Christ Complete

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