GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: Fail State with Alex Shebanow

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:30 PM EST
Johnson Center, Cinema

Student Power and GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series present

Fail State with Alex Shebanow

Tuesday, November 14, 4:30pm

Johnson Center Cinema 

Documentary screening and Q&A with director Alex Shebanow

Join GMU Student Power for a screening of the film Fail State, a documentary exposé directed by Alex Shebanow and executive produced by Dan Rather.

The film reveals the dark story behind the rise of predatory for-profit colleges and why our higher education system, once the envy of the world, is leaving millions of Americans in financial ruin.


In addition to screening here at GMU, Fail State is screening at DOC NYC in November.

Interviewees include Senator Tom Harkin; Senator Dick Durbin; Deanne Loonin, Attorney at the National Consumer Law Center; Michael Vasquez, Miami Herald Investigative Reporter; Brody Mullins, The Wall Street Journal Investigative Reporter; the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Student Loan Ombudsman Rohit Chopra; Governor Bill Haslam; University of Wisconsin Professor and Higher Education Expert Sara Goldrick-Rab; Louisiana State University President F. King Alexander; LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow; Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri; Richard Fry, Senior Economist at The Pew Research Center; and Catharine Bond Hill, President, Vassar College.  

Alex Shebanow is a political documentary filmmaker who started his career making documentaries on non-profit organizations around the San Francisco Bay Area. From 2010 to 2013, he served as media director at, a non-profit that aids students from more than 2,000 colleges nationwide graduate and embark on their careers. His other documentary work includes films on Autism Spectrum Research Alliance, Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program, and A Better Place Foundation. Alex attended Foothill Community College before finishing his studies at the University of Southern California.

See Fail State film site here. 

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, including filmmaker Alex Shebanow. 

Our event is sponsored by Student PowerFilm and Media Studies, and Film and Video Studies.

Information: Caroline McCaig

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