“Made in USA” Documentary Debuts During USA's Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration

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In a new documentary debuting in theaters July 4, 2013, a young man from West Virginia shows what happens at the heart of small town America when families like his lose their manufacturing jobs.

"Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey"

What inspired me to take this journey and create this film was the closing of Century Aluminum plant in my hometown.

West Virginian Josh Miller treks from Washington D.C. to his hometown of Charleston, WV surviving only on Made in America products pursuing the truth of one simple question: “We are willing to die for our country, but are we willing to buy for our country?”

Showing at the historic Alpine Theater, located in the 200 block of West Main Street, WV, to a sold-out audience, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” will begin at 7:00 p.m. In the 93-minute documentary, Miller interviews politicians, businessmen, historians, and economists in hopes of discovering what has caused the decline of USA made products.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, West Virginia lost 29,716 manufacturing jobs between 1994 and 2012. Creator of the film, Josh Miller, asks everyday people if “Made in the USA” means anything to them. If not, what does that mean for the future of the country?

For 30 days, he used products that are “Made in the USA”, not just assembled or designed, but actually made in America -- and the task pushed him to the brink. But why? In a land of plentiful resources, why is finding Made in the USA labels so difficult?

At just 27 years old, Josh Miller is part of a new generation of benevolent thinkers willing to take on national issues from a grassroots level with complete confidence that their actions will make a difference. Miller has a psychology degree from West Virginia State University and played independent professional baseball after college. He sacrificed time with his new wife, and starting a family to get this message made and heard.

“What inspired me to take this journey and create this film was the closing of Century Aluminum plant in my hometown,” says Miller, whose father-in-law lost his job along with 650 other workers during the closing. “I wanted other people to see the affect something like this has on a small community. I felt they needed a voice.”

Miller, a resident of Charleston, WV was joined by a very experienced cameraman, Justin Moe. The footage Moe obtained is part of the documentary with producers Ron Newcomb, Josh Miller, and Joe Burke. They will present the “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” documentary.

Exclusive screenings have already been secured in Dayton, OH and Ripley, WV. Members of the media are invited or may request an additional screening and exclusive interviews with the film’s production team. Reviews and media coverage links can be found at http://www.usa30days.com.

For more information about this film, or to schedule an interview with Josh Miller, please contact Ron Newcomb at 703-895-3681 or email usa30days(at)gmail(dot)com.

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