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Bring it Home
Directed by Carl Kriss
USA | 80 min | 2021
When General Motors idles Lordstown Assembly, its main auto plant in Ohio, what will happen to the families who are forced to relocate and the community they leave behind?
An American Prayer is my story and of other Americans you will never see on television- urgent, intimate, bruised but optimistic. These are seven truths about the American Dream in an ocean of lies and propaganda.
America’s image in the world, and of itself, is shaped by stereotypes created by its own all-powerful media, self-hype, Hollywood, and the myth of the “land of opportunity.” I wanted to make a poetic and truthful film about Americans who do not live within these cardboard boxes. Anguished, ecstatic, conflicted individuals whose lives swing between despair and delight. Citizens whose sacrifices and longings often exceed the American Dream’s fruits and whose ordinary lives are sometimes more heroic and excruciating than the superheroes and celebrities presented by the American hype-machine.
Carl Kriss was born and raised in Chicago. Upon graduation from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, he directed an award winning feature documentary on street musicians in New York called, “Give and Take.” He advanced his film career by attending the American Film Institute where he graduated in 2015. He later became a film editor on documentaries and TV shows that aired on the History Channel, National Geographic and Amazon. In 2017, he moved back to Ohio to make documentaries about people in the industrial Midwest. He worked two years as a photojournalist for an NBC affiliate in Cleveland and now uses his experience in visual storytelling to produce documentaries and social media videos for companies and nonprofits.