How did you come to make the film?
Well, we live in Dayton, Ohio; this is our community. Like everybody we heard the news on June 3rd of last year that this huge GM plant was going to close, and like so many others in our community we were shocked. The first reaction we had was, well, we have cameras, we're citizens with cameras, maybe we can help. We weren't sure how or what would occur, but we started shooting. We didn't really know it was going to be any kind of national story. We just thought it would be about our community, for our community. Not long after that, all these things started to happen: GM was called before Congress, the economy melted down and then GM went bankrupt. We realized it was a story we had to tell.
We felt like it was a really important story to tell so we positioned ourselves at the gates of the plant. And just to give you a sense of scale, the plant is bigger than the US Pentagon. There are four main entrances and exits where people come and go out of. And we positioned ourselves, us and a scrappy band of young shooters, at all of those exits, and started to do quick roadside interviews. And then there are three bars around the plant that a lot of workers go to, and we started spending a lot of time in those places, meeting and getting to know people.