Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on March 8, 2012.
About this project
DEFAULT Film Tour
Nationwide Tour of “DEFAULT: THE STUDENT LOAN DOCUMENTARY” 2012
Nationwide - The team behind Default: the Student Loan Documentary is preparing a cross-country tour of the documentary in 2012 as part of a national movement to bring awareness to the issue and further the national discourse. All screenings will include post-panel discussions and special interviews with guests and experts.
Film Description - Higher education has become essential to the future of our nation as a whole, and to individual Americans who hope to enter or remain in the middle class. As family incomes, available grant aid, and state investments in higher education have failed to keep pace with college costs, students and families have increasingly turned to student loans to help bridge the growing affordability gap.
Default: the Student Loan Documentary chronicles the stories of borrowers from different backgrounds affected by the student lending industry and their struggles to change the system. No matter when their loans were taken, many borrowers find themselves in a paralyzing predicament of repaying two, three or multiple times the original amount borrowed, with no bankruptcy protection, no cap on fees and penalties and no recourse to the law. The consequences are dire, with stories of borrowers in financial and emotional ruin.
Partnerships and Background – National partners include the Student Loan Justice, Forgive Student Loan Debt to Stimulate the Economy, the Institute for College Access and Success and the United States Student Association. The documentary is a fiscally-sponsored project of the San Francisco Film Society and a recipient of a FilmHouse residency by the San Francisco Film Commission. The project and the filmmakers have been interviewed and featured in Forbes, The Nation, Huffington Post, the Washington Post, WBAI New York, KPFA Berkeley, KPFA Los Angeles, KQED San Francisco, the Wall Street Journal and on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman. The documentary has been picked up by over 138 PBS and public broadcasting stations since late October and new screening dates keep being announced.
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