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Synopsis

On Dec. 23, 2008, two days before Christmas, the General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio shut its doors. As a result, 2,500 workers and 200 management staff were left without jobs, while the closing is also sure to trigger the loss of thousands of related jobs and businesses. But the GM workers lost much more than jobs, including the pride they share in their work and the camaraderie built through the years. To the natives of Moraine and the greater Dayton area, General Motors wasn't just a car company - it was the lifeblood of the community.

The Last Truck views the final months of the plant through the workers' eyes as they reflect on their work and consider their next steps. In revealing interviews with people who considered themselves more family than co-workers, the film reveals the emotional toll of losing not just a job, but a sense of self.

The employees share poignant moments, such as the day every worker must remove his or her toolbox and give up their GM ID card. The Last Truck closes with footage of the actual "last truck" to be produced at Moraine Assembly.

Among those interviewed in the documentary are: Kathy (body shop) - A 47-year-old mother of three with six grandchildren, Kathy viewed her co-workers as a second family.

Kim (electrician) - A tearful Kim believes that working at the plant was "the greatest job I ever had." He recounts how everyone finished their work on the line and followed the last truck until all the work had been done. Then they all came together as a big group, a family saying goodbye.

Popeye (toolmaker) - Popeye sees the bigger picture, viewing the plant's closing as the end of the good life, the end of American manufacturing as we know it. "My grandson will have a worse life than I had," he says at a nearby bar.

Kate (forklift operator) - After the plant closes, Kate poignantly describes it as a "gentle dragon" taking its last breath before dying.

While the film focuses on Moraine, the plant's closing reflects profound changes in the American manufacturing landscape as a whole. The Last Truck bears witness to the experience of job loss and offers a snapshot of a moment that may portend the end of the nation's blue-collar middle class.

Directors and producers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert won an Primetime Emmy® for their documentary "A Lion in the House," which followed children fighting cancer for five years. Bognar has shown four films at Sundance, including "Personal Belongings" and "Picture Day." Reichert has twice been nominated for a Best Feature Documentary Oscar®, for "Union Maids" and "Seeing Red."

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant was directed and produced by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert; edited by Steven Bognar. For HBO: consulting editor, Geof Bartz A.C.E., senior producer, Lisa Heller; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.

GM worker outside

Additional Credits:

line producer Melissa Godoy

fine cut editor Jim Klein

assistant editors Ben Garchar & David Ackels

lead interviewer & sound Julia Reichert

lead camera Steven Bognar

camera
David Ackels
Ian Cook
Amy Cunningham
Ben Garchar
Russ Johnson
Joe Lurie
Chance Madison
Annie Reichert
Jeff Reichert
Julia Reichert
Chris 'biZo' Stevens

additional camera
Kim Clay
Kate Geiger
Paul "Popeye" Hurst

interviews & sound
Erin Davis
Ben Garchar
Melissa Godoy
Aileen LeBlanc
Lela May Reichert Klein
K. Frazier Robinson

still photography
Dennie Eagleson
Annie Reichert
Steven Bognar

grip/electrics
Matthew Harris
Ben Garchar
Chance Madison

additional camera
Matthew Harris
Michael King
Douglas Schwartz

production & post production assistance
Erin Davis
Karen Y. Durgans
Kasey Hosp
Holly Hudson
Alison Kennedy Maier
Ann Rotolante
Nik Siefke
Erick Stoll
Matt Zaff

composer Tim Berger

piano Jim Klein

score recording engineer Karl Benge
Exceptional Sounds, Yellow Springs, OH

"Remember Me As A Time Of Day"
written by Mark T. Smith, Michael James, Chris Hrasky, Munaf Rayani
performed by Explosions in the Sky Courtesy Temporary Residence, Ltd.
Explosions in the Sky Music (BMI)

"The Boy Flies"
written and performed by Tim Berger & Josh Stone
Berger Radtke Music (BMI)

on-line editor & colorist
Steve Pequignot
Glue Editing & Design, NYC

re-recording mixers
Reilly Steele & Andy Kris
re-recordists
Keith Culbertson & Brian Lagace
Sound One, NYC

sound design
Margaret Crimmins
Greg Smith
Dog Bark Sound, NYC

sound editor
Stuart Stanley

additional support from
The Ohio Arts Council
CELIA of Wright State University

Dedicated to auto workers everywhere

Special Thanks to:
The GM Moraine Assembly family
IUE-CWA Local 798
The Upper Deck Tavern
El Camino Club

Thanks to these Individuals:
Noah Adams
Antonio Addison
Theo Adegboruwa
Karen Alexander
Robert Allen
Deb Anderson
Loraine Anderson
Pamela Scott Arnold
Bobbie Arrington
Josh Ashton Kim Ashton
Dave Back
Dana Baker
Bill Ball
Margaret Balsimo
Sharon Basel
Shawn Bennett
Valerie Blackwell-Truitt
Larry Bogdanow
Maya Bogdanow
Andree Bognar
John Bognar
Anne Bohlen
Deborah Boldt
Erik Bork
Dana Bowman
Tammy Brackney
Tim Brickey
Anita Brown
Christie Brown
James Grant Buchanan
Dave Burns
Theresa Burton
Diane Butler Hughes
Louis Carter
Kevin Carver
Valerie Catchings
Barbara Caver
Eric Chamblein
Joan Chappelle
Viki Church
Keith Clack
Jim Clark
Kim Clay
Vanessa Clay
Kevin Claypool
Alan Coates
Cecil Cochoran
Laverna Cole
Tom Combs
Pam Conine
Rob Cortright
Jerry Cox
Eric Cromer
Tony Dallas
Ed Davis
Mike Davis
Kathy Day
Tonya Day
Eric Debros
James Depe
Robert L. Dewberry
Judy Dodge
Melvin Dorsey
Jill Downey
Yolanda Drake
Karen Y. Durgans
Rocky Dwyer
Gail Elkin-Scott
Neenah Ellis
Stephanie Ely
Bonita Epps
Staffan Erickson
Brad Ferguson
Mark Ferrell
David Fleming
Lee Fisher
Mark Frank
Lee Furry
Kate Geiger
Lily Geismer
Kyle George
Mark George
Larry "Electric" Gerthoffer
Joyce Gilbert
Chris Glaser
David Glover
Tom Gnau
Joyce Goodson
Ed Grant
Dan Gray
Jean Gregorek
Nathan Gridley
Lisa Grigsby
Sherry Gross
Mokihana Gushi
Melissa Halcolm
Dan Hampton
Shannon Handwork
John Harlow
Larry Harlow
Lissa Harris
"Super" Dave Harris
Debbie Harrison
Kevin Harvey
Darlene Henson
Chris Hill
Hubert H. Hill
Ron Hill
Nancy Hirsch
Steve Holland Robert Holley
Bobby Holt
David Hopkins
Anne Hubbell
Keith Hudson
David Hughes
Lee Huntington
Paul "Popeye" Hurst
Marcie Inman
Bill Isaacs
Jason Jaacks
Jody Jackson
Ellis Jacobs
Audrey Jajich
Teri Jennings
Chris Jonas
Kevin Jones
Matt Joseph
Kevin Kavanaugh
Tina Kavanaugh
Angela Keegan
Alison Kennedy Maie
John Kerekesh
Timothy Knight
Linne Lalire
David Lamb
Brent Lane
Chad Lloyd
Dean Lovelace
Mike Lundy
Paul Lundy
Kerry Lunsford
Robin Lyon
Mark Lyons
Bill Maffet
Jim Marlow
Angela Marr
Chuck Marr
Joshua Marston
John Mays
Tony McCain
Bob McCullah
W. Stuart McDowell
Dave McElwee
Megan McHugh
Phil McKenzie
Jonathan McNeal
Carmen Milano
Debbie Miller
Eddie Miller
Karen Miracle
Peter Mitchell
Jaime Meyers-Schlenck
Tim Mobley
Dave Moore
Sheila Moore
Chris Morano
Atiyah Muhammad
Jamie Mullett
Chris Murphy
Susan Murphy
Heather Napier
Helen Nehez
Mark Newman
Desiree Nickell
Sheldon Nickels
Maryann Nielsen
Kathy Noble
John Nolan
Richard Nordstrom
Chilos Norris
Paulette Olson
Karri O'Reilly
Migiwa Orimo
Joseph Otto
Cynthia Owens
Lauren Papone
Charles Papp Jr.
Craig Patterson
Jessica Peck
Corinne Pelzl
Kimber Perfect
Cindy Perry
Sarah Petrie
Gretchen Pfaff
Zandra Phillips
Lucious Plant
Roy Posadny
Tonya Posadny
Dave Prior
Larry Pullen Jr.
Shawn Pullen
Ed Radtke
Jeff Reed
Karen Reed
Sean Reed
Brewster Rhoads
Tim Roberts
Bobby Robinson
Ron Rollins
Bill Ross
Turner Ross
Eric Rounds
John Runyon
Ira Sachs
Donnie Sargent
Rob Schlenck
Amanda Scott
David Scott
Bob Seamans
Dave Setzer
Deborah Shaffer
Jamie Sharp
Linda Sharp
Lucrecia Shivers
Dane Sieber
Nichol Simmons
Ella Simpkins
Julie Sine
Jeff Sizer
Gloria Skurski
Jeff Smith
Kathy Smith
Priscilla Smith
James Smoot
Dawn Socrates
Michelle Southerland
Dana Spitler
Rick Stacy
Paul Stanley
Regina Stargill
Patrick Steele
Richard Stock
Courtney Strickler
Ellen Strong
Sean Talley
Charles Taylor
Dyanna Taylor
Jay Tincher
Megan Tincher
Russ Tipton
Boris Torres
Gaylen Turner
Joe Tuss
Andy Valeri
Todd Viars
Aaron Vietor
Bob Vitali
Thuy Vu
Sam Wainscott
Mike Ward
Tracy Ware
Barbie Watkins
Yvonne Welbon
Tony Wells
Jenniffer Werneke
Robin Whisman
Lisa Whitaker
Jerome Williams
Rebecca Wilson
Sarah Wolters
Lin Wood
Charles Woodman
Donald Woodward
John Wright
David Zeiger

Thanks to these organizations & companies:
The Dayton Daily News
Digital Shorts
DONet
Fairborn Camera & Video
FilmDayton
Mustang Sally Lounge
ThinkTV
Wright State University Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures WDTN-TV WHIO-TV WRGT-TV WYSO-FM Yellow Springs Senior Citizens Center

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant

2009 Documentary Films Series

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