September 25, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
I’ve lived a comfortable life. It’s had little ups and downs (mostly ups, thankfully), but I’ve never known serious financial worry. I’ve never lived in fear of not being able to eat or keep my home warm, cool, and well-supplied, or to keep my home at all. I’ve been lucky. It’s one of the few things I think someone can be truly lucky about because it’s one of the few things that I think is genuinely shaped in large part by luck itself. That, of course, means that some people have not been and are not as lucky as I was and am. That means that some people struggle in ways I can only imagine in nightmares of uncertainty and angst. Today’s project is shedding light into that worry – shared by untold millions across the globe, many millions of which are right here in the US. Today’s project wants to tell these stories to all of us, lucky and unlucky, financially-liberated and financially-restrained, employed and unemployed, in an effor to bring an end to that worry because it’s a worry the world would be better without. Help end this worry by backing American Winter on Kickstarter before September 27.
AMERICAN WINTER is a documentary feature film that reveals the personal stories of families struggling in the worst economic downturn since the 1930’s. Shot over the course of the winter months of 2011-12, the film follows eight families battling to keep their heads above water while facing overwhelming financial challenges and a shrinking social safety net available to help them. AMERICAN WINTER presents an evocative snapshot of the state of our economy as it is playing out in millions of American families.