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Andrew Friend

Documentary filmmaker Andrew Friend is a multifaceted video/digital cinema creator with a decade of broadcast experience. He is a talented videographer, field & studio lighting technician, and editor with a flair for emotional and inspirational storytelling.

Gear:
Sony FS-5 camera, Atomos Ninja Blade 4:2:2 ProRes recorder, CinePrimes 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 85mm, 100mm macro, K7 Slider/Manfrotto head with hyper-lapse option; LED interview-style lighting kit; Live Event Streaming package (up to 3 video sources)

WORKERS REPUBLIC

What would you do? Your boss gives you three days' notice that your workplace is closing. You will be unemployed in a recession, without the severance the law says you deserve.

If you are the employees of Republic Windows and Doors... you fight back!

For six days in December of 2008, laid-off Chicago factory workers took over their closing workplace, declaring they would not leave until the owners and creditors agreed to pay them the severance they were owed. Republic's credit line had been cut off by Bank of America, which had just received billions of dollars in federal bank bailout money.

Succeed or fail, these 260 workers decided, "If I don't fight, I know I'll lose. If I do fight, at least I stand a chance of winning."

The workers of Republic were a beacon of hope and optimism, a microcosm of how everyday people may be the most qualified to forge a better world.

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