You've probably seen a clip from Brad Lichtenstein's documentary "As Goes Janesville," although you didn't realize it. That infamous clip of Gov. Scott Walker telling a well-heeled Republican supporter for his "divide and conquer" strategy of dealing with Wisconsin unions was captured by Lichtenstein's camera.
But the film is about much more than that, capturing his town's struggles to rebound from the 2008 GM plant closing, and how the town serves as a microcosm for both the economic desperation and political polarization felt nationwide. The New York Times wrote Monday that "the film has a narrative drive unusual for a 60-minute television documentary, pulling us along like a political thriller."
Monday is a big day for "As Goes Janesville." The film airs in Wisconsin and nationwide on public television as part of the Independent Lens series, airing on Wisconsin Public Television at 9 Monday night. The film also premiered at the Milwaukee Film Festival, and the festival announced today that the film won a Special Jury Prize for Feature Film.
What airs on television will be an edited hour-long version of the film. For those who want to see the full 88-minute feature in Madison, you're in luck: "As Goes Janesville," will screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the UW Union South's Marquee Theater.