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Community Cinema offers free advance screening of ‘As Goes Janesville’ in North Little Rock Oct. 2

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), UALR Public Radio/KUAR FM 89.1 and William F. Laman Library invite the public to a free advance screening of “As Goes Janesville” as part of Community Cinema Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. Screenings will be held in the library’s auditorium.

“As Goes Janesville” reports from recession-ridden Janesville, Wis. In 2008, after bankrupt General Motors (GM) shut down the community’s century-old plant – the oldest GM plant in North America – thousands of Janesville residents lost their jobs. While many workers were forced to leave their families to search for decent jobs elsewhere, local business leaders worked to bring new companies to town with promises of lower wages, reduced regulation and tax breaks. In this process, they formed a powerful alliance with newly elected Republican governor Scott Walker, whose pro-business, anti-union stance ripped the state apart and triggered a historic recall election. The recall thrust the conflict into the nationwide spotlight, highlighting a civil war between workers and the business and political power elite.

Shot over the course of three years, “As Goes Janesville” follows the lives of four Janesville residents struggling with the town’s economic changes: Cindy Deegan, former GM Alcoa Plant employee; Gayle Listenbee, former GM employee who accepts an out-of-state transfer; Mary Wilmer, local Janesville bank president; and state Sen. Tim Cullen, the lone Democrat standing in Janesville on election day.

Director Brad Lichtenstein, whose wife is a Janesville native, created “As Goes Janesville” to tell an intimate story about how a community attempts to reinvent itself during economic crisis. Lichtenstein hopes the documentary will provoke dialogue that will allow individuals from different political and ideological backgrounds to rediscover their shared interests and encourage them to unite to improve their community’s economic health.

“As Goes Janesville” will air on AETN Monday, Oct. 8, at 9 p.m.
The screening will be held in the auditorium of William F. Laman Public Library, 2801 Orange Street, North Little Rock. A community discussion will follow the screening. Additional information is available by calling AETN at 800-662-2386 or visiting aetn.org/communitycinema.

Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through films produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.

The mission of the William F. Laman Public Library is to maintain and improve the quality of life for the community by providing resources that enhance and contribute to literacy and foster community engagement with information, culture and civic life.

The mission of UALR Public Radio is to deepen insight into the human experience, empower decision-making and enrich the lives of those we serve through quality news and cultural programs. UALR Public Radio operates two radio stations in Little Rock – KUAR FM 89.1, which broadcasts news, jazz and cultural programs including national programming from NPR, and KLRE 90.5, which broadcasts classical music.

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