Produced and directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Joe and Harry Gantz, 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.
There’s a stigma attached to people who ask for assistance. People have the tendency to believe that there was something that you did to make yourself get in that situation and now you’re begging, when in all actuality, I don’t think any of us here did anything particular to get into our situations. I think all of it was based on each of us basically losing our source of income.
The minimum wage is simply a way for the American taxpayer to subsidize companies who pay people the minimum wage. They pay this person the minimum wage, and then we supply a social safety net so that person doesn’t starve to death. That’s insane.
— Nick Hanauer, interviewed for American Winter (via alexandrab)
Watching American Winter. Its always hard watching people of the same SES go through things you understand far too well. Never been so broke growing up, but man when the economy tanked the middle class fell apart too. I remember making my parents’ house payment barely out of high school. I was 18 and the only one employed making minimum wage and being laid off. And being on food stamps is so embarrassing, people have things to say.
but they made it, and I hope all these people will too.
Filmed over the course of one winter in one American city, the film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation’s economy as it is playing out in millions of American families, and highlights the human consequences of the decline of the middle class and the fracturing of the American Dream