SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 Contact: Faith Wachter
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Maryland Public Television to air “As Goes Janesville”
Documentary from PBS series “Independent Lens” explores Janesville, WI,
community dealing with loss of General Motors plant
OWINGS MILLS, MD – The much-anticipated documentary “As Goes Janesville” will premiere on Maryland Public
Television on Monday, October 8 at 10 p.m. as a part of the PBS Emmy®-winning series “Independent Lens.” The
“Independent Lens” series features independent documentary films from around the country and the world.
The documentary follows the story of how the community of Janesville, Wisconsin, recovers and reinvents itself after
the loss of its century-old General Motors plant. The film’s director, Brad Lichtenstein, describes the film as showing
“the plight of the middle class and how hard it is to create jobs, especially in such polarized times.” The film
documents the lives of several laid-off workers over a three-year period following the closing of the GM plant.
Airing weekly on PBS, the five-time Emmy® Award-winning series “Independent Lens” introduces new documentary
films from the best independent filmmakers working today. This season, “Independent Lens” returns with 23
independent films that will challenge them to experience universal human themes from unique perspectives. The
series airs now through June 2013 on Maryland Public Television.
“In our first 10 years, ‘Independent Lens’ has brought more than 275 films to PBS,” said Lois Vossen, “Independent
Lens” series producer. “The stories and storytellers we continue to champion make the series the most diverse on
television. We feature films that look at the most important issues of our time, as well as audience favorites from film
festivals across the country. Our goal is to help viewers better understand today’s complex world by taking them to
places they wouldn’t otherwise see, and encounter people they wouldn’t otherwise meet,” she added. For more
information on “As Goes Janesville,” visit http://asgoesjanesville.com.
MPT will rebroadcast the documentary on its MPT2 channel on Thursday, October 25 at 11 p.m.
Launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland, Maryland Public Television is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television
network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). MPT’s six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and
the District of Columbia. Frequent winner of regional Emmy® awards, MPT creates local, regional, and national television shows. Beyond
broadcast, MPT’s commitment to professional educators, parents, caregivers, and learners of all ages is manifest in its year-round instructional
events and super-website Thinkport which garners in excess of 1.4 million visits annually. MPT’s community engagement connects viewers
with local resources on significant health, education, and public interest topics through year-round outreach events, viewer forums, program
screenings, and phone bank call-in opportunities.