Dream On

Dream On Chasing the Dream

In an epic road trip, political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study of our young country in 1831 came to define America as a place where anyone could climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Following in the Frenchman’s footsteps, Fugelsang speaks with fast-food workers and retirees, prisoners and entrepreneurs, undocumented immigrants and community organizers about their hopes, dreams, and daily struggles. Dream On explores whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville observed is alive and well in the twenty-first century, or whether George Carlin was right when he famously quipped “It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” Learn more about the film.

PRESENTED BY: WSIU Public Broadcasting, The Carbondale Public Library and The Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship.

In October 2015, WSIU and The Carbondale Public Library held a screening of the film, Dream On, by political comedian John Fugelsang. The screening was followed by a discussion moderated by Marleen Shepherd of the Sparrow Coalition and Miriam Link Mullinson of the Jackson County Health Department.

Dream On Film ScreeningABOUT THE FILM:

In an epic road trip, political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study of our young country in 1831 came to define America as a place where anyone could climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Following in the Frenchman’s footsteps, Fugelsang speaks with fast-food workers and retirees, prisoners and entrepreneurs, undocumented immigrants and community organizers about their hopes, dreams, and daily struggles. Dream On explores whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville observed is alive and well in the twenty-first century, or whether George Carlin was right when he famously quipped “It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” Learn more about the film.

WSIU has traditionally partnered with the Carbondale Public Library and SIU Carbondale to host screening throughout Southern Illinois. These screenings are free and open to the public. In addition to the Community Cinema film screening events, WSIU hosts Indie Lens Pop Up film screenings featuring documentaries from the PBS hit series Independent Lens.