From the campaign trail with Senator Bernie Sanders to a local political race in the failing economy of rural West Virginia. From a mass sit-in on the U.S. Capitol steps to racially charged police commission hearings in Los Angeles. Waking the Sleeping Giant makes sense of this moment in American politics, exploring widespread discontent during the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump’s dramatic electoral victory, and the challenges ahead for those building a re-energized progressive movement.
The premiere is scheduled for 6:30 pm with a 90 minute screening time. Directors Jon Erickson & Jacob Smith will be available for Q&A afterwards. If the 6:30 show fills, a second 9:00 pm screening may be added from the wait list.
Jon Erickson is an Ecological Economist and co-investigator on the E4A project. He has collaborated on eight documentary films in the past with Vermont-based non-profit Bright Blue EcoMedia as a producer and cinematographer, including the Emmy award-winning PBS series “Bloom” on the problem and solutions to Lake Champlain pollution. He is the David Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and fellow of UVM’s Gund Institute for Environment.