Down and Out in America

Directed by 2021 Master of Cinema honoree Lee Grant, Down and Out in America won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1987. This exploration of homelessness, foreclosures, and food insecurity during the Reagan era recession--from the heartland, where farms in Minnesota are being dismembered by local banks, through to the tent-communities of Los Angeles and welfare hotels of New York--is more pertinent today than ever. Produced by HBO, the film broke ground by being the first cable program to win an Academy Award.

  • Lee Grant
  • 1986
  • USA
  • 57 minutes
  • MT
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About RiverRun International Film Festival

Founded in 1998, is an arts organization dedicated to showcasing films from independent, international and student filmmakers. The 21st RiverRun International Film Festival was held April 4-14, 2019 in 5 venues throughout Winston-Salem and 1 in Greensboro. RiverRun screened 175 films from 47 countries with 18,354 attendees from across NC, the U.S., and internationally. Due to our excellence in programming, we are recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures & Sciences as an Academy Award qualifying festival in 2 categories – animated shorts and documentary shorts. In addition to our annual Festival, we have several highly regarded year-round screening programs which include the free Indie Lens Pop-Up Series in partnership with PBS North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina; RiverRun Retro; RiverRun Arts; and our education intiative, Films With Class.