The Middletown Press featured an article about The American Made Movie coming to Cromwell on July 26th, 2013.
“The American Made Movie,” a portion of which was shot in Cromwell, will be shown in the Town Hall gymnasium Friday at 6:30 p.m. The screening, which is sponsored by the town’s Economic Development Commission, is free and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The film is the work of Vincent Vittorio and Nathaniel Thomas McGill.
In a press release announcing the screening, the two filmmakers said, “American manufacturing employment has been on the decline for decades, unleashing a devastating effect on our local and national economies.”
The harshest costs of that decline have fallen on “communities and the families that comprise them,” McGill and Vittorio said.
“As employers struggle to complete in the global economy, the debates regarding unemployment, debt ceilings and the trade deficit rages on in our nation’s capital,” the two filmmakers said. “To many Americans, it feels like there is no one fighting for American jobs – especially the jobs in manufacturing.”
But, in communities both large and small which often have borne the brunt of the harshest blows from the decline of manufacturing “people are making a difference,” Vittorio and McGill said.
“And, these individual efforts combine to ultimately impact the national economy.”
“American Made” strives to show to positive impact of domestic manufacturing jobs on national and local economies in the face of great challenges, the two film makers said.
The film includes interviews with economists but focuses on business owners, including the founder of Viking Range and the president of Annin Flagmakers, as well as Cromwell resident Merrie Buchsbaum.
A self-taught polymer artist, Buchsbaum founded her own business, “Merrily Made,” where she makes both jewelry and fine writing instruments.
(Buchsbaum features her creations on her website, www.merrilymade.com
When Buchsbaum reached out to First Selectman Mertie L. Terry about hosting a screening of “American Made Movie,” Terry jumped at the opportunity.
“Small business is the backbone of America,” Terry said Monday. “And when Merry approached me, I said yes immediately, because we go out of our way to support small business in Cromwell.”
Residents who attend the screening will have an opportunity to discuss the film with Vittorio and McGill.
The film is scheduled to open in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 30.