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BRIEF: Special screening of “American Winter” coming to Spokane

For countless middle-class families who have experienced job loss or an  unexpected financial setback, the American dream has become an American nightmare.  Working families, seemingly on a path toward economic security, have discovered how
quickly they can slip from the middle class into poverty, according to a press release.

Emmy-winning filmmakers Joe  and Harry Gantz (HBO’s “Taxicab Confessions,” “The Defenders”) feature struggling  families who called into the 211 social services hotline in search of help during the winter  of 2012 in the powerful film “American Winter“which debuted on HBO in March 2013.  The film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation’s economy as it is  playing out in the lives of many American families, and reveals the human consequences  of rising economic insecurity, budget cuts to the social safety net, and the fracturing of the American dream.

Co- Sponsored by the Center for Justice, Community Building Foundation, Health  Care for All – Spokane, Peace and Justice Action League, Spokane Alliance, Unitarian  Universalist Church of Spokane, and the Washington Community Action Network, a special screening of “American Winter” will be held at the Bing Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. on Oct. 14 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

The screening is free and open to the  public, with a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Proceeds will benefit Operation  Healthy Family, a Spokane non-profit that offers support and services that help  strengthen the family unit through collaboration and partnerships with other like-minded  non-profit organizations and local businesses. After the screening there will be a  discussion of actions that can address some of the issues raised by the film.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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