Grace Lee - "Janeane from Des Moines"

Grace Lee - "Janeane from Des Moines"

Premiere date: Jul 11, 2014

A conservative Iowa housewife’s personal and political convictions are severely tested as she seeks answers from the Republican presidential candidates leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

Janeane Wilson is a conservative Iowa housewife who works as a home health aide, keeps busy in her garden, and attends a local women’s bible study group. But as the 2012 presidential election draws near, she is determined to find a Republican candidate who will take America back from the Democrats, repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood and get rid of gay marriage-issues that she feels are destroying the country she loves. She dives into Iowa Tea Party politics and the lead -up to the Iowa caucus, but a crumbling economy causes her to lose everything she holds dear -- her job, her marriage, her health, and her home. As Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich criss-cross Iowa during her hour of need, Janeane presses them for answers that she and many of her fellow Americans would like to hear. Starring Jane Edith Wilson and directed by Grace Lee, this work of political fiction is a cautionary tale about a true believer whose faith is severely tested.


Grace Lee | Director, Co-Producer,  Co-Writer

Grace Lee’s most recent documentary  film is AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS which will be broadcast nationally on PBS' POV on June 30, 2014.  Prior to that, she produced and directed JANEANE FROM DES MOINES (Toronto FF 2012) set during the 2012 Iowa caucuses.   Prior to that, she wrote and directed AMERICAN ZOMBIE, which premiered at Slamdance and SXSW before being released by Cinema Libre.  She also produced and directed THE GRACE LEE PROJECT, a feature documentary that was broadcast on Sundance Channel and is distributed by Women Make Movies.  Grace received her MFA in Directing from UCLA Film School, where her thesis film BARRIER DEVICE, won a Student Academy Award and Directors Guild of America award.  She is the recipient of the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Digital Media, a Rockefeller Media Arts grant as well as funding from the Center for Asian American Media, Chicken and Egg Pictures and the Ford Foundation.  She is currently producing and directing a documentary for PBS' MAKERS series on women in politics.

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