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The 80-minute documentary feature follows filmmakers and married couple, Hanson Hosein and Heather Hughes, as they hit the road and travel 13,000 miles through 32 states in search of “Independent America.” It’s a place populated by hardy souls fighting for the right to remain independent in a land smothered by Big Box stores and fast food chains.

A feature length documentary that uncovers a retail giant's assault on families and American values.


by Judy Wicks Proprietress, White Dog Cafe, Philadelphia, and Co-Founder/Co-Chair of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

by Stacy Mitchell

by Michael H. Shuman

by Jeff Milchen, co-founder of the Boulder Independent Business Alliance and American Independent Businesss Alliance(AMIBA)



Better, Not Bigger
by Eben Fodor
…Fodor explodes the fundamental myth that growth is good for us and that more development will bring in more tax money, add jobs, lower housing costs, and reduce property taxes. Lively and well-illustrated, Better NOT Bigger provides insights, ideas, and tools to empower citizens to switch off their local "growth machine" by debunking the pro-growth rhetoric. Highly accessible to ordinary citizens as well as professional planners.(

Big Box Swindle
by Stacy Mitchell
In less than two decades, large retail chains have become the most powerful corporations in America. In this deft and revealing book, Stacy Mitchell illustrates how mega-retailers are fueling many of our most pressing problems, from the shrinking middle class to rising pollution and diminished civic engagement—and she shows how a growing number of communities and independent businesses are effectively fighting back.(

Changing Places: Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl
by Richard Moe and Carter Wilkie
...Explore[s] how America's historic communities are confronting sprawl: fragile towns throughout New England and the Midwest are defending themselves from corporate giants like Wal-Mart stores; community activists are building pride and hope in distressed neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and New Orleans by using preservation as a tool for revitalization; and, in the same way, cities such as Denver, Memphis, and Portland, Oregon, are breathing life back into their historic downtowns.(

Fast Food Nation
by Eric Schlosser
"Hundreds of millions of people buy fast food every day without giving it much thought, unaware of the subtle and not so subtle ramifications of their purchases," writes the National Magazine Award-winning Schlosser. "They rarely consider where this food came from, how it was made, what it is doing to the community around them. . . . The whole experience is transitory and soon forgotten."(

Going Local
by Michael H. Schuman
Examines community programs for self-reliance and economic strength in a global age and includes a tremendous resource directory.(

Hometown Advantage
by Stacy Mitchell
Do lower prices really save you money? Does having one or more superstores close by improve your quality of life? When you look closer, they don't and it doesn't. This book draws on careful research to document the damage corporate retailers are doing to our lives and our communities. Better yet, it's packed with examples of how communities around the country are changing public policy to reverse the catastrophe.(

Making a Place for Community
by Williamson, Imbroscio & Alperovitz
A far-reaching and extensively researched exploration of politics, economics and strategies for localization that excels at linking economic democracy to political democracy.(

Slam-Dunking Wal-Mart
by Al Norman
”Slam-Dunking Wal-Mart” is a call for the preservation of all the qualities we love about hometown America. It is one man’s David versus Goliath story. It can also be a road map for your community’s fight to keep its downtown businesses and core values.(

Small Mart Revolution
by Michael H. Shuman
…The Small-Mart Revolution details dozens of specific strategies small and home-based businesses are using to successfully out-compete the world's largest companies. And it shows how consumers, investors, policymakers, and organizers can revitalize their own communities by supporting local businesses.(

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