The Making Of

The cross-country investigation began in 2008, taking the filmmakers Jay Galione and Sheila Dvorak from California to North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and finally to New York. Jay began by interviewing his father Bob Galione, a 30-year postal clerk to capture the stories he had told Jay while he was growing up. As Jay expanded his search for Postal workers to interview to corroborate and expand on what it was like to work at the post office, it was not easy finding workers who were willing to talk to them. Most postal workers fear their jobs are at stake if they speak out. The filmmakers started searching online, finding workers who had written books and articles and were not afraid of talking publicly about the problems inside. Once they found these activists, they connected Jay and Sheila with other workers across the country who trusted us with their stories. In North Carolina, when mail carrier Steve Spencer killed himself at the post office, his friends and coworkers felt it was too important to keep quiet and gave candid, emotional interviews as Jay and Sheila arrived in Gastonia to film the funeral.

Husband and Wife team, Jay Galione and Sheila Dvorak, conducted over 75 interviews with postal workers and postal experts, traveled to the National Association of Letter Carriers convention in Philadelphia, to the National Association of Postal Supervisors Conventions in Orlando, Florida and San Diego, California and the headquarters of the APWU in Washington, D.C to capture the story. A highlight of the production was meeting Ralph Nader. Throughout the making of the film, Jay Galione reached out to postal headquarters, seeking comment and transparency, but was consistently denied access to the Postal Master General and the Board of Governors. As the fight to save the post office emerged, the focus of the film was expanded to include the uprising by postal workers nationwide and kept the filmmakers on the move, working countless hours over the past twelve years to capture the story of the post office, which most Americans don’t even know they are missing.

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