Hard Times Lost On Long Island – The recession “officially” ended summer of 2009, but not for 25 million unemployed and underemployed Americans.
Hard Times Lost On Long Island, HBO (June 21, 2012) – On July 6, 2012, three days after the Obama Administration announces the updated statistics for unemployment in the United States, HBO will air the timed documentary Hard Times: Lost on Long Island that spotlights citizens of a Long Island community struggling to search for work after the declared end of the financial crisis in 2009.
Long Island was once long held to a standard for family living. A place where individuals and their families could pursue and obtain the famed American Dream. After the financial crisis of 2008, many lost their jobs and struggled to find work. Lost on Long Island showcases the stories of four families that once lived prosperous lives, who are now down on their luck and experiencing a multitude of issues concerning employment and their finances.
What is crucial about the documentary is it removes the label that the unemployed is lazy, uneducated, and living off unemployment insurance. The members of these families are highly educated and skilled in their former respective trades–one couple worked on Wall Street–and the harsh reality of these qualified people forcibly rendered jobless will serve as a relatable experience for the audience.
Lost on Long Island was directed/produced by Marc Levin and co produced by Daphne Pinkerson. The film is third in a series directed and produced by Levin and Pinkerson* chronicling the relations between people and the economy. Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, released in 2009, gave insight into the poor beginnings of the New York garment industry to its prosperity period, during which immigrant labor and outsourced jobs were heavily utilized, ending in its eventual decline. Triangle: Remember the Fire (2011) revisits the night of March 25, 1911, where 146 female workers either burned alive or jumped to their deaths attempting to escape the Triangle Shirtwaist factory. This event occurred before mass regulations were created and enforced for workers and led to unions and safety rules implemented in the workplace.
Lost on Long Island premiers exclusively on HBO July 9th at 9PM EST.
*Also winners of several other major awards, Levin and Pinkerson received an Emmy(R) for their 1999 HBO documentary “Thug Life in D.C.”