“Made in the USA”
Film and Discussion about Manufacturing Jobs
HOW WE LOST THEM, WHY WE NEED THEM, AND HOW WE BRING THEM BACK
Farewell to Factory Towns?
Award-winning documentary by Maynard Seider… explores the future of former factory towns as they struggle from the devastation of deindustrialization during this period of austerity, war, and attacks on labor…
Maynard Seider, filmmaker, author, professor and union activist
Isabel Hill, filmmaker (Made in Brooklyn; Brooklyn Matters) photographer, urban planner and architectural historian
Thursday, October 10, 6-8:30 p.m.
￼￼Organization of Staff Analysts
220 East 23rd Street, Room 707
(between Second and Third Avenues, NYC)
Sponsored by the New York Labor History Association Co-sponsors:
Labor Arts (LaborArts.org), Women’s Rights Committee, United Federation of Teachers and Workers Unite Film Festival
Free and open to the public Light refreshments will be served
New York Labor History Association, Inc.
“Farewell to Factory Towns?” has been accepted for showing at the 9th annual River’s Edge International Film Festival in Paducah, Kentucky, Nov. 7-10, 2013.
“Farewell to Factory Towns?” has been accepted for showing at the Utopia Film Festival, Oct. 18-20, 2013, in Greenbelt, MD. Greenbelt is a “New Deal” community, and a great place for showing a film that looks at the New Deal historically and calls for a new New Deal!
“Farewell to Factory Towns?” has been accepted for showing at the Kingston, NY Film Festival in August and the Golden Door International Film Festival in Jersey City, NJ in October.
“Farewell to Factory Towns?” took”Second Runner-Up” award in the Documentary competition at the 2013 Myrtle Beach Int’l Film Festival! and a “Special Jury Award, films from The frontlines” at the 2013 Workers Unite! Film Festival in New York City.
Previous showings: Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:00 PM at the Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic, CT. Sponsors: Eastern Connecticut State University Sociology, Anthropology, History and Town-Gown Committee; and Windham Textile & History Museum.
Wednesday, Mar. 20 at 6:30 PM at the Lenox, MA Library, 18 Main St., part of “Lenox Reads Together,” a series of events and discussion around the community-wide reading of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “Empire Falls,” by Richard Russo.
Boxed DVD ready for sale:
The boxed DVD which includes the film (61 minutes) as well as over 40 minutes of additional interviews is now ready for sale. Cost is $23 (includes shipping and handling) for individuals and $53 (includes shipping and handling) for institutions.
To order, please send your name and mailing address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 374-8429 and a check made out to me at Maynard Seider, 7720-C Stenton Ave., Apt. 109, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Or, you can order at Amazon.com. Thanks.
“Starting with one town and broadening out to what’s wrong with the entire political economy, the film brings alive the human implications of policy decisions by elected officials and corporations, and inspires viewers to action for real, bottom-up economic development.” — Betsy Leondar-Wright, author of Class Matters and project director of Class Action (www.classism.org)
“The film is the story of mill towns everywhere that have fallen victim to deindustrialization. But rather than leaving the audience wringing their hands at the intractable issues, the filmmaker ends with a provocative framework for viewing the issues and exploring innovative public solutions. I’m eager to show Farewell to Factory Towns? to my sociology students.” – James W. Russell, Professor of Sociology, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Farewell to Factory Towns? focuses on North Adams, MA, as a community that has experienced some of the most devastating impacts of deindustrialization and is undertaking community revival through the arts. These are processes that are increasingly important to understand but there are few resources I know of that bring them to light as clearly and accessibly as does this film. I can’t wait to show it to my urban politics students.” — Martha Ackelsberg, Professor of Government and of the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College
Maynard Seider was interviewed in the June 2012 issue of Berkshire Trade & Commerce. To view a PDF of the whole article click here.
Farewell to Factory Towns will be shown as part of Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice’s (WMJWJ) “Making History” series. The screening is at the Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 221 Appleton St, Holyoke Tuesday July 10 ~ 7:00-8:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm).
As with all former factory towns, North Adams was hit hard by deindustrialization. MassMOCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, located in the biggest complex of factory buildings in the city, was to be the engine of economic development that would improve the lives of local residents. This film examines the role that the museum has played in North Adams and argues that much more needs to be done. To that end, the film looks at a variety of locally-based projects, union solidarity, and emerging social movements geared to change national policy. After the screening (60 minutes), director Maynard Seider, retired Mass. College of Liberal Arts professor, will answer questions about the film and issues.
These are the details about the rest of the series:
The making of history still needs the telling, and the telling of history needs the making of images, still and moving. So Western Mass. Jobs with Justice and the Holyoke Heritage State Park are delighted to host a series of visual presentations, two films (a documentary and a drama) and historical photos.
Nina Kleinberg ~ “Salt of the Earth” ~ Tuesday July 17 ~ 6:45-9:10pm (note earlier start time, longer program; the film will end around 8:20)
Joe Manning ~ “The Lewis Hine Project” ~ Tuesday July 24 ~ 7:00-8:30p
North Adams Transcript – Retired MCLA professor delves into factory town history
Valley Advocate – Between the Lines: MoCA Not Raising All Boats
The Online Beacon – Documentary on North Adams premieres Tuesday
June 6, 7:30 p.m. Interview on “Connecting Point,” WGBY, Springfield