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American Dream won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature of 1990.
      End credits include the following statements: "This project has been made possible by a grant from National Endowment for the Humanitiesties & National Endowment for the ArtsArts. Major funding provided by The Joyce Foundation, The Ford Foundation. New York Council for the Humanities, New York State Council for the Arts, Illinois Council for the Humanities, Minnesota Humanities Commission, Presbyterian Hunger Program, Rockefeller Foundation, Union Label & Services Trade Department, Food & Allied Trades Federation, Alfred & Marjorie Kopple, Jesse Prosten Scholarship Fund, Joseph Anthony Bierne Memorial Foundation, Alida Rockefeller, Bruce Springsteen, Campaign for Human Development, United States Catholic Conference, The Gordon Matta-Clark Trust. Produced in cooperation with the Catholic Communication Campaign. Additional funding provided by A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, Allied Industrial Workers of America, Ed Asner, Ben Goldstein, Blum-Kovler Foundation, Boehm Foundation, Bydale Foundation, Fred Casey, Claretian Missionaries Eastern Province, USA, Communication Workers of America, Conventional Franciscan Friars, Harriet Crosby, Lavinia Currier, Ted Field, The Film Fund/Women's Project, Focus Infinity Fund, Friars of the Atonement, Fund for Southern Communities, Funding Exchange/National Community Funds, Julie Gustafson, Jean Hardisty, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers, Jobs with Justice, JRJ Fund, Donald Lipski, Congregation of Marians, Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryland Province Society of Jesus, Nancy Meyer & Marc N. Weiss, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Nebraska Humanities Commission, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Province Society of Jesus, Norman Lear Foundation, Harvey O'Connor, Hart Perry, Phyllis Peterson, Pinewood Foundation, Vicki Polon/Betty Films, Primerica Foundation, Redemptorist Fathers, Roberts Partnership, Save the Earth Trust, Charles Savitt, John Sayles, Charles Schwartz, ... More Less

American Dream won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature of 1990.
      End credits include the following statements: "This project has been made possible by a grant from National Endowment for the Humanitiesties & National Endowment for the ArtsArts. Major funding provided by The Joyce Foundation, The Ford Foundation. New York Council for the Humanities, New York State Council for the Arts, Illinois Council for the Humanities, Minnesota Humanities Commission, Presbyterian Hunger Program, Rockefeller Foundation, Union Label & Services Trade Department, Food & Allied Trades Federation, Alfred & Marjorie Kopple, Jesse Prosten Scholarship Fund, Joseph Anthony Bierne Memorial Foundation, Alida Rockefeller, Bruce Springsteen, Campaign for Human Development, United States Catholic Conference, The Gordon Matta-Clark Trust. Produced in cooperation with the Catholic Communication Campaign. Additional funding provided by A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, Allied Industrial Workers of America, Ed Asner, Ben Goldstein, Blum-Kovler Foundation, Boehm Foundation, Bydale Foundation, Fred Casey, Claretian Missionaries Eastern Province, USA, Communication Workers of America, Conventional Franciscan Friars, Harriet Crosby, Lavinia Currier, Ted Field, The Film Fund/Women's Project, Focus Infinity Fund, Friars of the Atonement, Fund for Southern Communities, Funding Exchange/National Community Funds, Julie Gustafson, Jean Hardisty, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers & Helpers, Jobs with Justice, JRJ Fund, Donald Lipski, Congregation of Marians, Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryland Province Society of Jesus, Nancy Meyer & Marc N. Weiss, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Nebraska Humanities Commission, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Province Society of Jesus, Norman Lear Foundation, Harvey O'Connor, Hart Perry, Phyllis Peterson, Pinewood Foundation, Vicki Polon/Betty Films, Primerica Foundation, Redemptorist Fathers, Roberts Partnership, Save the Earth Trust, Charles Savitt, John Sayles, Charles Schwartz, Ralph & Ruth Shikes, Tides Foundation, Transport Workers Union - Local 100, The Union Club, Union Labor Life Insurance Company, United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ Office of Communication & Board of Homeland Ministries, Unitarian Universalist Social Action Grants Panel, Westchester Cinema Club, Woody Guthrie Foundation." End credits also name interns who worked on the film and include "Grateful Thanks" to various individuals and organizations. End credits conclude with the dedication: "For Claudia."
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
8 Oct 1990
p. 7, 12.
Los Angeles Times
19 Mar 1992
p. 1.
New York Times
19 Mar 1992
p. 16.
Variety
8 Oct 1990
p. 59.
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Produced in association with Channel 4
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COLOR PERSONNEL
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 October 1992
Premiere Information:
New York Film Festival screening: week of 6 October 1990
New York opening: week of 19 March 1992
Los Angeles opening: 20 March 1992
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
100
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1984, the George A. Hormel Company in Austin, Minnesota, attempts to cut the wages of its employees, who are members of local P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers Union. The local enlists labor consultant Ray Rogers to plead their case in the media. National union head, Lewie Anderson, disagrees with Rogers's tactics, and fears the confrontation will lead to job losses. The dispute leads to a strike, as a result of which many of the longtime Hormel workers lose their ... +


In 1984, the George A. Hormel Company in Austin, Minnesota, attempts to cut the wages of its employees, who are members of local P-9 of the Food and Commercial Workers Union. The local enlists labor consultant Ray Rogers to plead their case in the media. National union head, Lewie Anderson, disagrees with Rogers's tactics, and fears the confrontation will lead to job losses. The dispute leads to a strike, as a result of which many of the longtime Hormel workers lose their jobs. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Political


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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