Story of America:Journey Into the Divide: Part 1
Story of America is a unique project to both document the story of our divided nation in 2013, and engage those with the power to heal these divisions - the people - in the transforming power of storytelling and dialogue.
Our main purpose is to use our videos to foster dialogue so that we may become more united as a country and deliberative in how we engage in our democracy. In its format, it is a web series with over 100 videos already up on our youtube channel, and it will be a feature-length documentary.
We began in October 2012 and as of now we have traveled to Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, Connecticut, New York, Kentucky, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina and Alabama. We are documenting our journey and the people we meet along the way, but we are also showing our videos and engaging people in small groups and large community settings. Those discussions are also documented.
We are focusing particular attention to the Moral Mondays movement and the political struggle in North Carolina for the feature documentary. The fight here involves many fundamental divisions in America including election laws/voting rights, influence of money in politics, the role of government in our lives, racial divisions, demographic shifts, and economic policies/income inequality.
In North Carolina, we see a story of a state and its people that is dramatically divided, yet yearning for a sense of unity and hope. We hope that our videos, screenings and discussions may contribute to healing the divide.
Left and Right Unite to Fight Vidant Hospital Corporation's Closure of Belhaven Hospital. 17 minutes
Story of America: Journey Into the Divide: Part 2
The Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina: Healing the Breach. 45 minutes
Q & A with the Directors Annabel Park and Eric Byler
Inequality For All
A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class & workers, this film features Robert Reich-professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member-as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man who's overcome a great deal of personal adversity and whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this INCONVENIENT TRUTH for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each and every one of us. 85 minutes http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/feb/02/inequality-for-all-us-economy-robert-reich