Community Screening

Invisible…..Poverty, Hope and the American Dream

2019 Sarasota Film Festival

When we think of poor people in America, we think of flickering black and white images of the bread lines of the 1920s-or of the stark scenes of today-with worn-out people sleeping in alleys, or on the sidewalks of our towns and cities, surrounded by piles of wadded clothes which double as bedding at night. Lost people who gave up long ago and took to the streets-not to protest anything, but just to live each day by giving up. There is no American dream in them. They are the poor we see. The visible ones. But in the early decades of the 21st century, live millions of Americans who are not on display-who aren’t seen because they are different. These are the ones who live lives of poverty just under the official poverty cut off lines. These are the ones who simply try every day to just make it. These are the ones who are one broken down car, one missed water bill, one sick child away from joining the poor we see. These are the stories of the invisible poor in America. These are the stories of good people fighting every day to hang onto the American Dream. They believe it was meant for them too.

Dark Waters

2020 Sarasota Film Festival

Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. He finds himself conflicted after he’s contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp (Academy Award®-winner Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight—one that will not only test his relationship with his wife, Sarah (Academy Award®-winner Anne Hathaway) but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood.

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