FORWARD 13: WAKING UP THE AMERICAN – Airing Nationally on FSTV On March 17 & NYC Premiere at Rated SR Film Festival On March 18

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 13, 2014) FORWARD 13: WAKING UP THE AMERICAN, a documentary film about the mortgage crises and its aftermath, will have both a Festival Premiere and National Broadcast premiere this week. The film, directed by Patrick Lovell, features interviews with James Hansen (Climatology Professor, Columbia University), Van Jones (Co-founder, Rebuild the Dream), Jeremy Rifkin (author, The Third Industrial Revolution ), Jeffrey D. Sachs(Director of The Earth Institute), Common Cause’s Mary Boyle, and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who recently announced his interest in the upcoming Presidential campaign. The film was financed by Adam Bronfman, the Managing Director of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation and will air nationally on FSTV (Free Speech Television) on Monday, March 17 as well as having a Festival Premiere in NYC on March 18th.

Bronfman’s support of the film was born out from his concern about the social and economic dislocation in American society.

For most Americans, owning a home is the pinnacle of the American Dream. For Patrick Lovell—who worked as a Producer on the nationally syndicated television program, Home Team, which lent a hand to aspiring first-time homeowners—home ownership became his personal nightmare when the global financial market crashed in 2008, leaving him jobless and with a mortgage he could no longer afford. Armed with a camera, Lovell set out to discover why the American Dream failed him and millions of others.

The 8500 mile trek across the U.S. took Lovell and his cameraman sidekick to big cities, small towns, rural areas, and suburbs where they interviewed those hardest hit by the collapse as well as those who benefitted from it. Coinciding with the exponential growth of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, Lovell’s eye-opening journey shakes his faith in the Founding Fathers’ ideals of freedom, equality and democracy.

Critic Eleanor Bader writes, “The film’s central premise is important—and asks us to imagine what it would be like to have a government that serves workers, the poor, and the elderly and disabled as devotedly as it serves corporate interests. Along the way, members of Congress, good government activists, Occupiers, and regular folks speak to the camera. Early on in the film, for example, Congressman Henry Waxman [D-CA] is seen questioning a former Lehman Brothers executive after the company went under. “Since 2000 you’ve taken home $480 million,” Waxman begins. “Your company is bankrupt but you get to keep $480 million. Is this fair?”
View the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IeHz7vpFBk

NATIONAL BROADCAST
Monday, March 17, 2014 at 9:30PM ET. (Program will re-air Friday at 9:30 PM ET and Sat 4 PM ET.) https://www.freespeech.org/Forward13

Watch on DISH Network ch. 9415, DIRECTV ch. 348, at www.FreeSpeech.org, or on the Free Speech TV app on ROKU.

FESTIVAL PREMIERE
Tuesday 3/18 – NYC Premiere at Rated SR Film Fest – FORWARD 13: WAKING UP THE AMERICAN DREAM– screening starts @5:00pm. Q&A to follow with Director Patrick Lovell. Get your tickets now

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