“Made In the USA: The 30 Day Journey”, A Q&A with Documentary Film Maker, Josh Miller
A couple of weeks ago we came across a cool project via Twitter, when Josh Miller, who is the Creator/Producer of the Documentary Film "Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey" with the tagline and aspiration of "We'll restore The American Dream together!". Since Cerasis supports manufacturing in general, and due to the fact our company was "Made in the USA" and that we service companies who ship freight in North America, we were drawn to this documentary.
Watch the "Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey" Trailer
After a few tweets and retweets, we reached out to Josh Miller so we could conduct a Q&A session in order to learn more about the project, and help spread the message of "Made In The USA" by telling our readers what the film is all about!
"Made In the USA: The 30 Day Journey" a Q&A with Creator/Producer, Josh Miller
Adam Robinson (AR): Give us a brief description of who you are and your background
Josh Miller (JM): My name is Josh Miller, I'm 28 years old and currently reside in West Virginia. I hold a Master's Degree in Psychology and had a brief career in Independent Professional Baseball. I currently work in records management for the West Virginia State Treasurer's Office. I obviously have a passion for film and am working to make that a full-time job, but until then I have to do what many independent filmmakers do which is work to pay the bills.
AR: What is “Made in USA the 30 Day Journey?
JM: The "Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey" is a documentary film that sent me on a quest to determine if "Made in the USA" really meant anything anymore and also to find out if the American Dream was still alive. I spanned the United States in search for the answer to those questions and at the same time tried to the best of my ability to live off only "Made in USA" products, for 30 days.
AR: What compelled you to make the documentary?
JM: A job loss within my family really is what sparked this issue. My father-in-law lost his job at an aluminum plant in Ravenswood, WV along with 650 others. Seeing what happens to a community when such an important industry shuts down in a small town really pushed me into making this film. With the economy really struggling, and in the essence of the "great recession", I figured someone needed to stand up and say enough is enough. This county was built by creators, innovators, and folks who rolled up their sleeves and went to work in hopes for a better future. I think it's time America wakes up and realizes how important their decisions are to the future of our country.
AR: What do you hope to accomplish with this project?
JM: Well, I hope that it makes folks think about America's future and what lies ahead for our future generations. I want people to realize that they hold the power to change the future of this country in the decisions they make. Listen, I realize I'm not going to be a millionaire off of a documentary film, but I wanted people to see if they put their minds to something, anything is possible. I think I helped prove such a thing because I have absolutely no background in film-making, but I was determined to make this film and it was a passion, so I found a way to make it happen. Many people said I was crazy to attempt to make a film and that I wouldn't even get past pre-production. Well you see how well I listen to my doubters. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut. I knew how big of an issue this was going to be in the upcoming years and I hope people gain a lot of useful knowledge by watching my film.
AR: What are some of the biggest issues facing American Manufacturers?
JM: The biggest issues facing American Manufacturers is the uncertainly of the future. There are many factors the will determine the future, much of it will we be determined by consumers, but also there must be a decision by our government to help or get out of the way. I think it starts with consistency, business need to be able to place for the long-term, and with the uncertainty and political gridlock in our country I think it is difficult for long-term planning here in America. Once again, the government can either be a catalyst or they can get out of the way, that has yet to be seen. I will say we need to do more to encourage the entrepreneur, we need to create and innovate in this country, that is what drives us, industry is the backbone of America.
AR: What can American Manufacturing companies do to promote more “Made in USA?”
JM: They can reach the organizations such as The Made in America Movement, American Made Matters, Buy Direct USA, and get in touch with bloggers that support American-made. I know it is not easy to pay a bunch of money for advertising in this economy when you're an up and coming business. Reach out to the folks and even to me, I'll share your story on my page!
AR: Where can everyone get a copy of the documentary?
JM: To purchase a copy of the film one can go to www.usa30days.com and buy a copy of the DVD or download a digital copy of the film.
AR: What does the Future hold for you, the documentary, and what future projects do you have in the works?
JM: I'll be headed to DC on September 30th to screen the film with Alliance for American Manufacturing. We've also received emails from major news networks interested in hearing our story. We've already been on Yahoo! News and CNN. There will be much more to come! In regards to future projects I've been working on a few concepts in regards to documentaries and also a feature film. These films will take significant funding, so we'll have to see how things workout. This project was a passion project, my future projects will likely be different. Also, you would be surprised how many folk want me to run for a public office, but I just don't think that is where I belong, however you never know what the future will hold.
AR: Any last words?
JM: You ain't seen nothin' yet! 🙂
We highly recommend you check out and get a copy of Josh's film, "Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey" and help support American Manufacturing!