Official Selection:  2015 “Back in the Box” competition

Silver Award, Documentary Film Competition, 2015 Oregon Film Awards.

Sierra Nevada Award, Documentary Competition, In Recognition of Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2015 Mountain Film Festival;

Silver Trindie Award, 2nd place documentary competition, Trinidad Independent Film Festival, Trinidad, Colorado, 2014;

Special Jury Award, films from The front lines, Workers Unite! Film Festival, NYC, 2013;

Second Runner-Up, documentary competition, Myrtle Beach Film Festival, South Carolina, 2013.


2015 Official Selection, Broken Knuckle Film Festival (online international film festival)

New Haven International Film Festival, Nov. 14, 2015, 9:00 AM, Gateway Community College, 20 Church St., New Haven, CT



Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen St., Glens Falls, NY, Sept. 29, 2015, at 2:30 and 6:30 PM. (q. and a. to follow both showings)

Queen City Film Festival, Oct. 2, 2015, 2:40 p.m. (q. and a. to follow) at Ramada Hotel Grand Ballroom, 100 South George St., Cumberland, MD

Helios Film Festival, Oct. 10, 2015, 8:25 p.m. (q. and a. to follow) at Holiday Inn and Suites, Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd., Cincinnati, Ohio

Beacon Independent Film Festival, Sept. 20, 2015, 6:00 p.m. (followed by q. and a.) at University Settlement, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY.

Lake Erie Arts and Film Festival, Sept. 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m. (followed by q. and a.) at Sandusky State Theater, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky Ohio and Sept. 18, 2015, 4:30 p.m. at Calvary Temple, 1158 Cleveland Rd. West, Sandusky, Ohio.

Woodstock Museum Film Festival, Sept. 7, 2015, 2:40 p.m. at Woodstock Museum, 13 Charles Bach Road (Bach Rd.), Saugerties, NY.

Olive Tree International Story-Teller Film Festival, to be shown on Olive Tree TV’s ROKU Channel, New York, Aug. 7-8, 2015.
Binghamton, NY, June 26, The Bundy Museum, 129 Main St.. Doors open at 6 p.m. Film at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Occupational Health Clinical Center of the Southern Tier, People’s Press, Student Labor Coalition, and Broome Tioga Green Party. In addition a short documentary by Peter Dassatti, “Shutting NARH,” will be shown. The film focuses on the closing of the regional hospital in North Adams with three days notice and the struggle to get a full-service hospital in North Adams.

Paterson Falls Film Festival, June 14th, 11:00 a.m., Fabian 8 Theater, Center City Mall, Upper Level, 301 Main St., Paterson, New Jersey

Ridgewood Guild Film Festival, April 30th, 5:00 p.m., Bow Tie Cinemas/Warner Theater, 190 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, New Jersey

Oklahoma Urban Cinema Festival, April 10-12, 2015, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Buffalo-Niagara International Film Festival, 7 p.m., April 13,2015,Tonawanda Castle, 69 Delaware St., Tonawanda, NY

Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, Jan. 23-25, 2015, Polson, Montana.AST SHOWINGS:

Mississippi International Film Festival, Nov. 8, 2014, Cinemark Tinseltown Cinema, 411 Riverwind Rd., Pearl, MS

Laurel City Celebrates – Our Past, Our Future – Oct. 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m, Northwest Connecticut Community College, Founders Hall Auditorium, Winsted, CT.

Gig Harbor Film Festival, Oct. 16-19, 2014, Gig Harbor, Washington

Louisville International Film Festival, Oct. 9-11, 2014, Louisville, Kentucky.

ITVFest,The Independent Television and Film Festival, Sept. 26-28, 2014,Dover, Vermont.

Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, August 1-17, films shown in Vancouver, WA and neighboring cities.

Interrobang Film Festival, June 27-29, Western Gateway Park, Des Moines, Iowa.

Saratoga Film Forum, May 27th, 7:30 p.m., 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584 FILM.

Flagship City International Film Festival, Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, PA, May 2-4, 2014.

On Bethlehem, N.Y. public access televison, Wednesday mornings at 11, during April, 2014.

Fort Myers Film Festival, March 19-23, 2014.

On Willinet, community television for Williamstown, MA: Sunday, Feb. 2, 9:30 pm and Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1:00 pm (http://www.willinet.org)

Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 1:45-3:15. Baltimore Hilton, “Sociologists as Film Makers: Special Presidential Session,” Discussion of film making along with film excerpts, Maynard Seider and Susan D. Rose.

Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Saturday, March 1, 7:30 pm, Albany, NY, at Channing Hall of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave. (across from downtown SUNY campus), discussion to be joined with Dick Dassatti.

“Made in the USA” – Film and Discussion about Manufacturing Jobs
Farewell to Factory Towns?
Award-winning documentary by Maynard Seider… explores the future of former factory towns as they struggle from the devastation of deindustrialization during this period of austerity, war, and attacks on labor…
Maynard Seider, filmmaker, author, professor and union activist
Isabel Hill, filmmaker (Made in Brooklyn; Brooklyn Matters) photographer, urban planner and architectural historian
Thursday, October 10, 6-8:30 p.m.
Organization of Staff Analysts
220 East 23rd Street, Room 707
(between Second and Third Avenues, NYC)
Sponsored by the New York Labor History Association Co-sponsors:
Labor Arts (LaborArts.org), Women’s Rights Committee, United Federation of Teachers and Workers Unite Film Festival
Free and open to the public Light refreshments will be served
New York Labor History Association, Inc.

Festival Showings

“Farewell to Factory Towns?” has been accepted for showing at the 9th annual River’s Edge International Film Festival in Paducah, Kentucky, Nov. 7-10, 2013.

“Farewell to Factory Towns?” has been accepted for showing at the Utopia Film Festival, Oct. 18-20, 2013, in Greenbelt, MD. Greenbelt is a “New Deal” community, and a great place for showing a film that looks at the New Deal historically and calls for a new New Deal!

“Farewell to Factory Towns?” has been accepted for showing at the Kingston, NY Film Festival in August and the Golden Door International Film Festival in Jersey City, NJ in October.

“Farewell to Factory Towns?” took”Second Runner-Up” award in the Documentary competition at the 2013 Myrtle Beach Int’l Film Festival! and a “Special Jury Award, films from The frontlines” at the 2013 Workers Unite! Film Festival in New York City.

Previous showings: Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:00 PM at the Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic, CT. Sponsors: Eastern Connecticut State University Sociology, Anthropology, History and Town-Gown Committee; and Windham Textile & History Museum.

Wednesday, Mar. 20 at 6:30 PM at the Lenox, MA Library, 18 Main St., part of “Lenox Reads Together,” a series of events and discussion around the community-wide reading of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “Empire Falls,” by Richard Russo.

Boxed DVD ready for sale:
DVD CoverThe boxed DVD which includes the film (61 minutes) as well as over 40 minutes of additional interviews is now ready for sale. Cost is $23 (includes shipping and handling) for individuals and $53 (includes shipping and handling) for institutions.

To order, please send your name and mailing address to me at maynardseider@gmail.com or (413) 374-8429 and a check made out to me at Maynard Seider, 7720-C Stenton Ave., Apt. 109, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Or, you can order at Amazon.com. Thanks.

Recent Reviews

“Starting with one town and broadening out to what’s wrong with the entire political economy, the film brings alive the human implications of policy decisions by elected officials and corporations, and inspires viewers to action for real, bottom-up economic development.” — Betsy Leondar-Wright, author of Class Matters and project director of Class Action (www.classism.org)

“The film is the story of mill towns everywhere that have fallen victim to deindustrialization.  But rather than leaving the audience wringing their hands at the intractable issues, the filmmaker ends with a provocative framework for viewing the issues and exploring innovative public solutions.  I’m eager to show Farewell to Factory Towns? to my sociology students.”  —  James W. Russell, Professor of Sociology, Eastern Connecticut State University

Farewell to Factory Towns? focuses on North Adams, MA, as a community that has experienced some of the most devastating impacts of deindustrialization and is undertaking community revival through the arts.  These are processes that are increasingly important to understand but there are few resources I know of that bring them to light as clearly and accessibly as does this film.  I can’t wait to show it to my urban politics students.”  — Martha Ackelsberg, Professor of Government and of the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College

Maynard Seider was interviewed in the June 2012 issue of Berkshire Trade & Commerce. To view a PDF of the whole article click here.

Berkshire Trade & Commerce June 2012 - Maynard Seider article

Making History

Farewell to Factory Towns will be shown as part of Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice’s (WMJWJ) “Making History” series. The screening is at the Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 221 Appleton St, Holyoke Tuesday July 10 ~ 7:00-8:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm).

As with all former factory towns, North Adams was hit hard by deindustrialization. MassMOCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, located in the biggest complex of factory buildings in the city, was to be the engine of economic development that would improve the lives of local residents. This film examines the role that the museum has played in North Adams and argues that much more needs to be done. To that end, the film looks at a variety of locally-based projects, union solidarity, and emerging social movements geared to change national policy. After the screening (60 minutes), director Maynard Seider, retired Mass. College of Liberal Arts professor, will answer questions about the film and issues.

For more information and to reserve a seat in advance, contact Western Mass. Jobs with Justice ~ (413) 827-0301 ~ wmjwj@wmjwj.org. Sign up for the event on Facebook here.

Making History flyer

These are the details about the rest of the series:

The making of history still needs the telling, and the telling of history needs the making of images, still and moving.  So Western Mass. Jobs with Justice and the Holyoke Heritage State Park are delighted to host a series of visual presentations, two films (a documentary and a drama) and historical photos.

Nina Kleinberg ~ “Salt of the Earth” ~ Tuesday July 17 ~ 6:45-9:10pm (note earlier start time, longer program; the film will end around 8:20)

Joe Manning ~ “The Lewis Hine Project” ~ Tuesday July 24 ~ 7:00-8:30p




DVD Cover

Here’s the cover of the boxed dvd:

DVD Cover

Recent Press

Community Corner: Interview with Maynard Seider, Director of “Farewell to Factory Towns?”

North Adams Transcript – Retired MCLA professor delves into factory town history

Valley Advocate – Between the Lines: MoCA Not Raising All Boats

The Online Beacon – Documentary on North Adams premieres Tuesday

June 6, 7:30 p.m.  Interview on “Connecting Point,”  WGBY, Springfield