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Broken Places


In an epic road trip, political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study of our young country in 1831 came to define America as a place where anyone could climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Following in the Frenchman's footsteps, Fugelsang speaks with fast-food workers and retirees, prisoners and entrepreneurs, undocumented immigrants and community organizers about their hopes, dreams, and daily struggles. DREAM ON explores whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville observed is alive and well in the twenty-first century, or whether George Carlin was right when he famously quipped "It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it."

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DREAM ON played at 19 international film festivals and won four top awards. Thanks to generous foundation support for our outreach campaign, we are inviting community groups to host a screening of DREAM ON at no cost. Our goal is to galvanize audiences to envision a revitalized American Dream and to use the film to spark further discussion and debate about how to achieve it.

DREAM ON Viewer Guide

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  • background analysis of the stories and issues featured in the film
  • statements from the Director and John Fugelsang
  • resources for planning community screenings
  • in-depth discussion questions
  • action steps
  • resources including books, films and organizations that work on the issues covered in the film

Screening Toolkit Elements

planning a screening guide
general discussion questions
action steps and resources
feedback form

press release template
digital flyer template
sample invitation letter to legislators
social media posts

Produced and Directed by Roger Weisberg

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