This film was part of the 2017 Camden International Film Festival

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For nearly a century, the paper mill in Bucksport, Maine served as the biggest and most important regional employer. This changed one winter day, when the plant shuttered, shedding over 600 well-paying blue collar manufacturing jobs. "Papertown" illustrates the impact of the mill’s closing on several families—and a close-knit community forced to confront a transforming economic landscape as a way of life disappears.

Many entered the mill’s workforce immediately after high school, or military service. Some workers have never filled out a resume. Now, they find themselves far short of reaching retirement, and facing an economy where it can be a struggle to piece together a living wage.

"Papertown" serves as an opportunity to meet neighbors we wouldn’t otherwise know, and lay bare the bifurcation of a nation and the true costs of a winner-take-all economy. As things change, what is gained and lost? And does it have to be this way?

Film Details

Title: Papertown
Year: 2017
Director: Sam Russell
Producer: Sam Russell
Country: United States
Runtime: 26 mins
Category: Dirigo Docs

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