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Independent Lens

Downside Up (#404)

Since the 1980s, the rural working class town of North Adams, Massachusetts, has struggled to kick- start its economy following the mill closings. In 1999, the town completed efforts to retool its economic engine with the opening of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. This program explores how, over a period of 15 years, North Adams has united its blue collar base with visionaries from the art world to reinvent itself in the post-industrial economy. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This acclaimed Emmy Award-winning anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. INDEPENDENT LENS features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. The series is supported by interactive companion Web sites and national publicity and community engagement campaigns. Actor Stanley Tucci hosts.

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