Film Contest Honors The American Worker On Labor Day 2012

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The non-proft film project spans political divisions as it gathers images to paint a collective portrait of the American worker. The American Worker Film Project will use images gathered via an online contest to create a film about the American worker, for the American worker and, made by the American worker.

The American Worker Film Project

American workers are amongst the most productive workers in the world

The Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Rocketman Films Incorporated announce the Labor Day launch of a film contest honoring the American worker. The contest is part of the American Worker Film Project (AWFP), a feature documentary about the American Worker sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

The meaning of Labor Day is likely to lost in the political cacophony in this, an election year. But this Labor Day, Rocketman Films Incorporated is launching the first phase of a group-sourced film honoring the considerable contribution of the American worker. The film will paint a portrait of working America and ask: Who is the American worker? What are we worth?

The timely first phase of production begins Labor Day with the online contest soliciting images depicting the “Spirit of the American Worker”. Entrants can go to the American Worker Film Project Facebook page ( and “Like” and then enter the contest through the project website: AWFP creator, producer and director John R. Dorchester will gather images from all walks of life and all corners of the country, and direct and produce a feature documentary about the crucial role the American worker plays in the prosperity of the nation.

How our overall economy works and how we all fit into the equation will be explored in the film through a series of true stories, animations and interviews with economists. Dr. David Madland PhD, Director of the American Worker Project at American Progress, in Washington D.C. is an economist who is participating in the film. Dr. Madland has written extensively about the economy and the American Middle Class. He has appeared on CNN and Fox News and has contributed articles in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. The American Worker Project, in Washington, is not at all officially associated with the American Worker Film Project, based in Philadelphia; the name similarity is a coincidence.

American workers are amongst the most productive workers in the world. According to statistics from the CIA, ( and based on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States, the average worker in the United States generates approximately 63,000 dollars annually to the overall wealth of our nation. That is pretty impressive. But the news is not all good. Income for the majority of American Workers has stagnated or dropped over the last three decades. The film will explore possible reasons for this ironic dichotomy. Why are the most productive workers in the world, making less?

This Labor Day is tinted by the imminent election. The American Worker Film Project seeks to convey a unifying message, “The desire is to create a film that is not only about the American worker, but is made by the American Worker,” says Dorchester, of Rocketman Films Incorporated. “The idea is simple. The images we get from the contest form a sort of self-portrait of the American worker. The message is that we are all in this together. We all make our economy work. We need to respect each other and understand our own value in the larger economic equation.” With the election right around the corner the project is getting support from across the political spectrum. “This film is not about us verses them, it’s about all of us.”

Dorchester adds, “The whole project is about the opportunity to stand up, be counted, and embrace the fact that you are a part of something bigger. The film speaks to a sense of unity and community that is missing from our current dialog about the economy. We all recognize that we live in one of the wealthiest nations in the history of the world. This film will help explain where that wealth comes from. The answer may shock many folks.”

Mr. Dorchester is an award winning producer and director, producing advertising and marketing films, commercials and independent films for decades. Executive Producer, Steve Holtzman is a veteran television and documentary producer.

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