Tompkins Community Action and the 2-1-1 Helpline at the Human Services Coalition are hosting a showing of American Winter at Cinemapolis on Sunday, September 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. American Winter is a film about eight middle class families falling into poverty, originally broadcast on HBO last spring.

The film also highlights the work of the 2-1-1 Helpline in Portland, Oregon who helped the eight families access services. This event is a follow-up to a Poverty Simulation that Tompkins Community Action is hosting on Friday, September 19th at the Space at GreenStar.

The showing of American Winter, a compelling documentary about the face of poverty in the United States, is also a fundraiser for the food pantry network in Tompkins County. The suggested donation is $10 and above. Tompkins Community Action will soon have a link on their web site for those who can’t make the screening but who still wish to donate.

A facilitated audience discussion will follow the film.

Additional sponsors include the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, who will match every dollar raised up to $2500, on behalf of the food pantry network and Cinemapolis.

Additional info about the film, which has recently been nominated for an Emmy, from producer Harry Ganz:

We have had successful screenings in over 100 cities, partnering with advocacy groups to bring attention to the issues of poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, and unemployment. The families featured in American Winter tell very personal stories that have allowed the film to break through all of the rhetoric from the right and the left, and the film has opened peoples’ minds to these issues of rising poverty, income inequality and and a shrinking middle class.

To see a trailer for the film visit:

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.