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Forward 13: Waking Up the American Dream (2014)

Robert Vaughan , Patrick Lovell , Adam Bronfman  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Vaughan
  • Directors: Patrick Lovell, Adam Bronfman, Trey Copeland, Robert Lovell, Roberta Lovell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2014
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,522 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

"Caught in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, Patrick Lovell, one of 10 million people who lost their homes, finds himself asking why he and so many Americans were blindsided by the economy's implosion. How could his pursuit of the American Dream starting a business, providing for his new family, and owning a home drive him to financial ruin? Coinciding with the exponential growth of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, Lovell embarks on a cross-country journey to discover what happened to the America originally founded to be free from tyranny. Conversations with a broad spectrum of energy and political academics, OWS protestors, professional developers, real estate agents, and attorneys all lead to the same conclusion: the system is broken. FORWARD 13: WAKING UP THE AMERICAN DREAM provides a fresh, personal perspective on the mortgage crisis and its ties to big government. And while the road to recovery is a long and difficult one, there are clear, sustainable methods to revive the American Dream. "

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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In the past few years, Documentary Film has become a very accessible, entertaining and powerful way of going more deeply into social, political and economic issues. This film is destined to join the ranks of other great documentaries such as Food, Inc. and Inside Job, as it puts a very personal face on the suffering of millions of Americans as a result of the Financial and Housing Crisis that struck in 2008.

The film does an excellent job of blending factual data and graphic illustrations with the arc of an everyday guy from Utah losing everything, discovering that he was not alone, and shifting his own pursuit of the American Dream into an effort to expose the Corrupting Force of Money in Politics, the Revolving Door between Washington, Wall Street and Big Energy, and the dangers of growing inequality and political disenfranchisement. The beauty of the film is that the story ends with this guy still believing in the American Dream, despite all the powerful forces actively working to destroy it for most people, and who nearly destroyed it for him and his family. The film is ultimately uplifting and hopeful, rather than just another expose on what is wrong, with no real ideas or solutions to present.

This was 90 minutes incredibly well spent, and the ideas expressed in the film are relevant to all of us, and especially those who suffered in any way as a result of the financial turmoil of the past few years. It will be interesting to see what the filmmaker does to follow this up, and whether the millions of Americans that comprise a silent majority that has no voice in Washington, and has been run over by the greed and arrogance of so many of our industries, can band together into a cohesive movement to change the nature of our political discourse and institutions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic film that goes beyond the Occupy movement. January 22, 2014
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It revealed the link between the housing crash of 2008, big government, big oil, and one man's incredible journey. Even the 1% should watch this. If you like fair political documentaries then put this at the top of your list!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waking up the American Dream ~Lovell's new documentary January 25, 2014
By laurie
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I had the privilege of being at the first screening in Park City, Utah of this documentary. I consider myself lucky that I was able to see it with Patrick and his wife in the house.

Amazed, inspired, scared and awed me! SO glad I saw your work. Honest to the core! You bet I am thinking differently now then I did 24 hours ago. And that is the point, right? Your purpose and passion is making a difference in this world. From one person to a whole nation. It took so much courage and guts to leave your family, then to travel the nation finding out WHY?
Why on earth big business can own our government and buy our legislators! From the moment I sat down I was memorized by what was on the screen. How did this all happen? Will it happen again........... if you watch this and share perhaps we can stop the next wave. If you watch this movie you can never not know.
Knowledge is power my friends. Watch and learn!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking Nothing For Granted January 25, 2014
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If you or someone you know got caught in the economic "downturn" of 2008, you'll love this film by Patrick S. Lovell. He tells his own story against the backdrop of widespread corruption and an urgent grassroots need for change. Forward 13 is a call to return to our foundational ideals and preserve the American dream for our children.

Patrick got caught off guard and slammed pretty hard. What I love about this film is Patrick's desire to figure out what happened and take us all along for the ride. A critic said Patrick was naive. Perhaps. But we all are. We've all been raised on the "American dream" myth and what Patrick uncovers is that it's utterly false and unsustainable.

My favorite part is the conversations he has with visionaries who see ways to save our economic base with sustainable solutions. We can no longer do business as usual. Patrick has created a great conversation starter on what we can do going forward. We can get back to our founding ideals (for real) and think about a future that won't bankrupt us all.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie applies to all of us January 23, 2014
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Millions of us were affected in many ways by the housing boom and crash. This film takes it a step further in telling the story in how, why and what. Great story telling and compiling of the news stories and facts. It was compelling to hear from industry experts who have a deep knowledge base and perspective. This film takes a slew of complex facts and organizes it in a story that we can all understand and relate to. This is a must watch!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and informative January 29, 2014
By Bernie
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I am so glad I rented this. It is an entertaining way to get the information about our economy across to all viewers. It gives a very human experience. I highly recommend that you watch it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Closer Examination of U.S. Economic Process January 25, 2014
I chose this rating because I appreciate the work that went into this film, the goal behind it, and the way in which vast amounts of information were condensed for the layperson. Patrick Lovell may be viewed as a little too personal in this film, but he lays it on the line in order to inform the rest of us; the American people. No one has yet bothered, until now, to explain why and how our U.S. government and banking system (overrun by a greedy minority) operate in covert ways. And so I appreciate that Patrick, having the skill and inspiration to create any number of wonderful films, chose to address a topic of import that pervades our American society. The year 2008 revealed insane greed among U.S. banking families and the government elites who bathe in power. This is the year 2014 and our U.S. government no longer represents the people. I am inspired by Patrick Lovell's film to man the helm in a more personal way to make a better U.S.of A. I have the power to vote. We each have the power of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Let's not forget that. Watch this film and wake up America!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look
Well thought thru, provocative and informative!
Published 2 months ago by Jersey Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Just finished watching this on FSTV and was absolutely mesmerized by it. Interesting, thought-provoking, challenging and scary too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. M. Crane
1.0 out of 5 stars This is hilarious!
When you see avowed communist van jones in a movie, you know you're in for some good comedy. Add in "global warming" hysteria and wacko bernie sanders, and it's hard to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Booker T. Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick but it will make you angry...
It's the kind of documentary that gets you worked up and it'll wake those who are sleeping. After I saw it, I wanted to get on my roof top and scream at the top of my lungs,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Flick.
i really Liked this Movie, It delved into how the American dream is being shattered by corporate interests. Most people are fed up, and we really need to change things. Read more
Published 8 months ago by billy
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest, candid, and far too often acutely painful portrayal of how...
...Lovell’s personal journey shatters our collective apathy and inspires the masses to take a stand, here and now. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Trey Copeland
4.0 out of 5 stars A personal man's journey to make you aware
I've never been in position to have had my mortgage sold to someone else and then someone else and then..... Read more
Published 9 months ago by alex stoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great political documentary
I thought this film was a fantastic look into the way that our economy has changed in one man's lifetime. What used to be easy, isn't so much anymore. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anna Friddle
1.0 out of 5 stars And he can't take criticism either....
Finished watching this on Hulu thinking this was an in depth look at how banks screwed the American public and how we should've been more cautious signing documents we don't... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert Khattar
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