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PRESTIGE RELEASES BARBARA KOPPLE'S ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING 'AMERICAN DREAM' IN AN EXCLUSIVE LOS ANGELES ENGAGEMENT BEGINNING, MARCH 20

PRESTIGE RELEASES BARBARA KOPPLE'S ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING 'AMERICAN
 DREAM' IN AN EXCLUSIVE LOS ANGELES ENGAGEMENT BEGINNING, MARCH 20
 HOLLYWOOD, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Oscar-winning feature documentary "American Dream," directed by Barbara Kopple, begins an exclusive Los Angeles engagement at the NuArt Theater, March 20. "American Dream" is a Prestige Films release. Kopple, who won her first Oscar in 1977 for her now classic "Harlan County, U.S.A." Kopple produced with Arthur Cohn. Most recently honored with the 1992 Directors Guild of America's Best Documentary award, "American Dream" has also won the 1991 Los Angeles Film Critics award for Best Documentary and the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award and the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival in addition to the 1990 Academy Award. Prestige Films is a division of Miramax Films.
 "American Dream" is the story of the workers at Hormel's Austin, Minn., plant. For 70 years, Austin was a company town -- the majority of Hormel's 1,500 employees had been preceded by their parents and grandparents at the same meatpacking plant, and they believed that their labor would be rewarded with a secure, middle-class standard of living, improving for each subsequent generation.
 While "American Dream" is a fascinating chronicle of a complex labor strike, the film goes beyond the story of one town and its struggle to reveal larger truths about the tough economic choices faced by working Americans today. "American Dream" is a stirring portrayal of a civil war without blood, as brother watches brother cross the picket line, in a town where traditional values are beginning to unravel.
 "American Dream's" release is extremely timely in light of Sen. Howard Metzenbaum's outspoken support of Senate Bill 55. If passed into law, the bill would outlaw management's practice of hiring permanent replacements to fill the jobs of striking workers (as Hormel did in the Austin strike seen in the film). Already approved by the House of Representatives, the bill comes before a Senate vote in May. Unless the bill passes by a two-thirds majority, the speculation is that President Bush will veto it.
 "Harlan County, U.S.A.," the story of Kentucky's coal miners, was recently named by Congress to the National Film Registry. Kopple's other films include "Keeping On," "Winter Soldier," "No Nukes" (co- directed with Haskell Wexler), "Civil Rights: The Struggle Continues" and "Out of Darkness: The Mine Workers Story" (co-directed with Bill Davis and produced by Gene Carroll).
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