An unusual distribution plan launches today, Wednesday, Oct. 19, for the latest project from Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Variety reports that “FutureWork,” a four-part series “about how American workers and companies are adapting to new economic realities,” is being streamed for free on Time Inc.’s websites Fortune.com and Time.com.
“The films were funded by WorkingNation, an L.A.-based organization dedicated to raising awareness of the U.S.’s looming unemployment crisis and skills gap,” Variety reports. “No money is changing hands under the pact between Time Inc. and WorkingNation.”
Episode one, premiering today, is titled “A Story of Yesterday & Today.” In it, “the filmmaker explores the demise of Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., and the impact it has had on local families struggling to find work in the aftermath of the company’s massive layoffs,” Variety reports.
Kopple is known for previous documentary features including “Harlan County, USA” (1976) and “American Dream” (1990), with both of those movies winning the Academy Award for best feature-length documentary. She has also been nominated for Emmys for the projects “Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson,” “A Century of Women” and “Running From Crazy.”