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New documentary focuses on families facing economic hardship

The U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth has released “Grit and Grace: The Fight for the American Dream,” a half-hour documentary focusing on three families struggling in the face of economic hardship.

The film was made on a $200,000 budget by Emmy-winning director/producer Oscar Guerra and is narrated by actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), the Committee’s chairman, hosted a premiere screening last week at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

“Congress has traditionally been awful at speaking to the American people,” said Himes in a New York Times interview. “We’re awful because we run partisan talking points, which in my experience, very few Americans want to hear.”

Himes added the film offers “an opportunity to hear, to tell the stories of Americans and to try to collapse some of the stereotypes that exist.” The film is now available for free viewing on YouTube.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 11 books (including the upcoming "100 Years of Wall Street Crooks," published by Bicep Books). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.


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