|SET FOR LIFE|
|Director: Susan Sipprelle & Samuel Newman|
United States, 2012, 67min
Format: Digital (screening) - HDV (shooting)
Festival Year: 2013
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|Crew: ||Producers: Susan Sipprelle, Samuel Newman
Three Baby Boomers, who believed they were set for life, struggle to recover from the devastating impact of losing their jobs in the Great Recession. Now older than 50, they strive to hang onto their homes, health insurance and hope. Experts, animated info graphics and brief clips from additional unemployed boomers across the United States set the three main characters' stories in a broader national context. They each find a way to cope with the drastic effects of unemployment on their lives, but their futures are no longer secure, and they have lost their confidence in the American Dream.
Susan Sipprelle is a writer, journalist and founder of Tree of Life Productions. She produced the video "Where Potential Meets Opportunity" for the nonprofit NJ SEEDS. On the basis of the video, she was nominated for a 2010 Russ Berrie humanitarian award. Susan has published articles in The New York Times, many of the Manhattan Media community newspapers, as well as in Autism Advocate and WoodenBoat magazines, The Gotham Gazette, news-press.com and in North Jersey Media Group publications. Her photography has accompanied many of her published news stories. She has also had essays published in The New York Times and The Parent Paper. Susan's photography has been featured in solo exhibits, and her photographs have also been displayed at juried art shows in New Jersey, New York and Illinois. Susan graduated with honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2008, with distinction from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1991 and cum laude from Williams College in 1980. She lives in the New York metropolitan area, but grew up in Rhode Island. She and her husband, Dwight, have five children. Samuel Newman studied Art History and Theatre Studies at Trinity College, Dublin University before earning a degree in Film Production with departmental honor from Vassar College. While a student Sam wrote and directed the short film 68 Whiskey, which was selected for the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival. Since then Sam has worked as a Production Designer and Director of Photography on several short films and also spends time restoring antique wooden boats in upstate NY. He grew up in rural Vermont and currently lives in New York City.