Accidental Activist Patrick S. Lovell Barnstorming Country
Organizing FREE Film Screening & Discussions
Before Mid Term Elections
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 5, 2014) In 2007, Salt Lake City area resident Patrick Lovell was living the American Dream. As a Senior Producer on the nationally syndicated television show, Home Team—where he helped aspiring first-time homeowners—he had a stable and high-paying job, was happily married and had a young son. Soon after purchasing a modest home with a then popular ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage), the economy tanked, he lost his livelihood and soon after his family joined the roller coaster ride of refinancing, modification and foreclosure like millions of other Americans. He made the feature length documentary FORWARD 13: WAKING UP THE AMERICAN DREAM to investigate the causes of the mortgage crisis and is now on a personal mission to organize “What The Hell Happened To The American Dream?” (WTHHTTAD) FREE screenings of the film + conversations in over 10 American cities which have been hardest hit by the mortgage crisis and that face tough mid-term elections.
Hundreds have gathered at recent screenings in Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York with support from organizations and activist entities such as Bill McKibben’s 350.org, Reclaim our Republic, Occupy members, Move to Amend, workers’ unions and foreclosure groups. The musical artist Michael Franti of Spearhead has lent his support via social media with both Dylan Ratigan and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participating live in NYC and pledging to Skype in during upcoming screenings.
WTHHTTAD Tour events are scheduled for:
Tuesday, October 7 – DENVER, CO
Wednesday, October 8 – AUSTIN, TX
Thursday, October 9 – DALLAS, TX
Tuesday, October 14 – PHOENIX, AZ
Thursday, October 16 – Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, October 21 – Louisville, KY
Wednesday, October 22 – St. Louis, MO
Thursday, October 23rd – Chicago, IL
Tuesday, October 28th – Raleigh, NC
Thursday, October 30th – Washington D.C.
Pending cities: ST. LOUIS, MO: CHICAGO, IL: RALEIGH, NC; WASHINGTON D.C.
And on October 30th, the film will screen simultaneously on over college campuses.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER & FILM:
Seven years ago, Lovell’s job was to find families that needed a home, develop a show around their reality, and with the help of their family and friends, rebuild a house for the family, surprising them with the American Dream week in and week out. Feeling good about life, with his wife, who was also gainfully employed at the time, they applied for an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) through Chase’s sub-prime application. They were approved and able to purchase a $295,000 home with $2,500 down.
But when the economy began its downturn in ’07, the show lost its funding; the Home Team financiers were also invested in large scale commercial and residential real estate throughout the country, when those projects became a liability overnight, their cash flow dried up. Like most ambitious people, Lovell decided to start his own thing, a production company to develop action sports media projects. He lined up an investor, but the day the seed money was set to transfer– September 15, 2008– Lehman’s Brothers announced its bankruptcy which triggered a Wall Street meltdown. Lovell’s deal went sideways and he found himself in a perilous position like millions of other Americans: he was unable to pay his mortgage. After a protracted battle, the Lovells lost their home to foreclosure.
Says Lovell, “Like many Americans, I never even imagined I could lose my home. Once I came to grips with that, I had to peel back the layers to understand why America no longer functions as the democratic ideal I was raised to believe in; free markets have turned into monopolies; the financial institutions are in charge; we the people lost our power to corporations via Citizens United, the environment is being systematically destroyed and the Dream of getting ahead is dead. This isn’t a Left or Right issue—this is our future.”
After taking two jobs to get back on his feet, Lovell realized that the people’s story about the mortgage crisis needed to be told. With generous funding from Adam Bronfman, a scion of the Bronfman distillery family, Lovell and his cameraman-sidekick trekked over 8,500 miles visiting big cities, small towns, rural areas, and suburbs where they interviewed people hardest hit by the collapse, as well as those who benefitted from it. Coinciding with the exponential growth of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, Lovell’s eye-opening journey shakes his faith in the Founding Fathers’ ideals of freedom, equality and democracy.
The result is FORWARD 13: WAKING UP THE AMERICAN DREAM, a feature length documentary that’s gaining momentum at grassroots screening events across the nation and bringing activists and concerned citizens together from both sides of the political spectrum to discuss how America ideals have been undermined. The documentary includes regular people who have lost their homes as well as interviews with James Hansen (Climatology Professor, Columbia University), Van Jones (Co-founder, Rebuild the Dream), Jeremy Rifkin (author, The Third Industrial Revolution ), Jeffrey D. Sachs (Director of The Earth Institute), Common Cause’s Mary Boyle, and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The film was financed by Adam Bronfman, the Managing Director of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation.
Says Lovell, “With mid-term elections coming up, I feel it’s my duty to lay these issues in front of people who may not have yet been ‘awakened’ to the manipulations of our economy and environment by the oligarchs. My personal story is an accessible entry point…I’m not a ‘wild-haired hippy’. I believed in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I’m just a regular guy who is pissed off that my country has been hijacked by a system of multinationals and billionaires that literally own our government.”
WTHHTTAD TOUR DETAILS:
Lovell has a slate of events coming up as part of his “What The Hell Happened To The American Dream?” tour; he’ll be in attendance for these FREE film screenings and organizing discussions in some of the cities hardest hit by the mortgage crises which are facing tough mid-term elections.
Organizational support provided by Bernie Sanders’ office, 350.org, Move to Amend and local foreclosure groups.
Lovell will be at each of these events and beaming in some special guests through Skype .
DENVER, CO – Tuesday 10/7 @ THE ORIENTAL THEATRE (4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80212) starts at 7:30pm w/participants from 350.org / MOVE TO AMMEND / FORECLOSURE ADVOCATES
AUSTIN, TX – Wednesday 10/8 @VIOLET CROWN ( 434 West 2nd Street Austin 78701) starts at 7:30pm w/participants from 350.org / MOVE TO AMMEND / FORECLOSURE ADVOCATES
DALLAS, TX – Thursday 10/9 @ ANGELIKA FILM CENTER (5321 E Mockingbird Ln #230, Dallas, TX 75206) @ 7:30PM
PHOENIX, AZ – Tuesday, 10/14 @ HARKINS THEATRE TEMPE ( 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway Suite 1160, Tempe, AZ 85281) @ 7:30pm
LAS VEGAS, NV – Thursday 10/16 @ VILLAGE SQUARE STADIUM 18 (9400 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117) @7:30pm
LOUISVILLE, KY – TUESDAY October 21@ Village 8 Theatre (4014 Dutchmans Lane Louisville, KY 40207) @7:30pm
ST. LOUIS, MO – Wednesday October 22 @Moolah Lanes (3821 Lindell Blvd St Louis, MO 63108) @7:30pm
CHICAGO, IL – Thursday October 23rd @Transistor (3441 N Broadway Chicago, IL 312.631.9408)
RALEIGH, NC – Tuesday October 28th, @Varsity Theater (123 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)
ORGANIZE OR OFFER SUPPORT FOR A CITY :
Before the Mid Term Elections:
For other screening options, check out: http://www.forward13thefilm.com/education-and-screenings.html#.VC8NtPldV8E
To host a college screening, email: screenings@
Clips & Trailer Album on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/album/2609975
WHERE TO FIND THE FILM:
If you can’t attend a screening event but would like to watch the film:
Order DVD: http://www.forward13thefilm.com/dvd-vod.html
Watch documentary ONLINE FREE: http://www.hulu.com/watch/586070
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