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MPTV Community Cinema Presents Janesville Story

September 17, 2012

Milwaukee Public Television's Community Cinema will offer a one-hour preview of AS GOES JANESVILLE, a look at a Wisconsin town's survival after a major economic blow, on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

The event, which will take place at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, is free and open the public. The evening will include a discussion with the program's producer, Brad Lichtenstein; Michael Rosen, an economics professor at Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Vic Grassman, economic development director for the city of Janesville.

The documentary, recorded over three years, begins shortly after GM closed the town's truck plant in 2008. It follows laid-off workers enduring personal challenges and town leaders trying to reinvent their local economy amid recession.

The thrust of the film is to show the plight of the middle class and how hard it is to create jobs, especially in such polarized times, according to Lichtenstein, an award-winning filmmaker. It includes the stand-off between a newly-elected governor and 14 Democratic state senators over collective bargaining.

The documentary will be broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens Oct. 8 on MPTV HD 10.1 at 9 p.m.

MPTV Community Cinema previews local and national films monthly, September through May. With the exception of a "special preview," all previews are held at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. For more details, call 414-297-7520.