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Bring back the American Dream for struggling families - Help American Winter make an impact in communities and legislatures nationwide
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U.S. Senator Merkley suggests everyone in Congress should see American Winter

Posted by Gantz Brothers (Creator)

Hello American Winter supporters,

We have been so busy these last few weeks with the whirlwind of screenings and the HBO broadcast, as well as media attention and inquiries from the public about how they can see the film and get involved, that we finally got around to quickly editing this clip of Senator Jeff Merkley speaking at our festival premiere in Portland. 

It's a short clip, but we wanted to share it so you can see how we want to use to film to reach the highest levels of government and motivate our leaders to take action to improve the economic situation for struggling families. Take a look!

We had a screening in New York last week and two screenings in Washington DC (including one on the Capitol, where Senator Merkley and Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici all spoke before the film).  And we are setting up more and more screenings and events across the country that will take place over the next 6 months.  In the pipeline:  Iowa, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Cheyenne Wyoming, Ann Arbor, San Jose, San Francisco, Harrisburg Penn., Baltimore, and to the Poverty Conference in Kansas in July.   If we are able to raise the funding, American Winter will make it to all of these places and many, many more.  

On our website, there is a place to let us know if you'd like to organize a screening in your own community.  But remember, we need to keep our outreach operations going in order to follow through with all of these requests, so PLEASE keep passing this Kickstarter around to help us raise these funds! (choose the "Host a Screening" option)

To see more of what Senator Merkley is doing to stop Sequestration's cuts to safety net programs and his fight to support working families, visit his site at


Devon Terrill, Co-Producer

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