America's Burning


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Sat, Jul 20 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Jul 22 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Mon, Jul 22 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, Jul 23 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Wed, Jul 24 6:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, Jul 25 3:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2024
Run Time:83 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:David Smick
Cast:Michael Douglas, narrator


From Executive Producers Michael Douglas and Barry Levinson, “America’s Burning” draws on an amazing collection of thinkers and strategists, from James Carville and Amy Chua to Ian Bremmer and Leon Panetta, as New York Times best-selling author David Smick guides the viewer on a journey to discover the reasons for today’s hate and division — and rising risk of civil war.

For 40 years, the US economy has been a paradox. It’s been an extraordinary wealth-creating machine, but only for the half of the country that owns stocks. Capitalism has, as James Carville put it, become “a racket” — the ultimate corporate insider’s club, a system centrally controlled by the well-connected few.

As a result, the middle class is shrinking and the American Dream’s promise of social mobility for all who work hard is dying. A new Velvet Rope Society of brains and money has cut itself off from the rest of America. Working families feel forgotten and angry, but it doesn’t have to be this way. America has an impressive history of resilience.

Narrated by Michael Douglas, the film shows why our best days could still lie ahead.