Your thoughts on documentary “As Goes Janesville”
Have you seen the new documentary, “As Goes Janesville”? Blackhawk Technical College staffers and a select group of invited guests saw the 85-minute film Thursday morning at the college. If you saw it, do you think it treats our community fairly? What do you think about the politics that infiltrate the film?
Brad Lichtenstein spent several years filming workers and their families and local leaders since General Motors left Janesville and other companies closed, as well. The state's political divide over collective bargaining for public employees became a focal point in the documentary.
Because of its politics, not everyone was thrilled that Blackhawk Tech was showing the film. It seems to make sense, however, in that BTC is an educational institution and one of the three displaced workers the film chronicles attended the college for retraining as a medical laboratory technician and later found a job at Beloit Memorial Hospital.
A local showing for the general public is tentatively planned for Oct. 21 at Parker High School. A 53-minute version of the film will air on national public television Nov. 5, the day before the election.
We’ll share our perspectives on the film in our editorial Friday. News staffers also are preparing extensive coverage of this film for Friday's Gazette.