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‘Zero Weeks’ Investigates the United States’ Lack of Paid Family Leave

'Zero Weeks' Investigates the United States' Lack of Paid Family Leave

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Zero Weeks

Logline: The United States is the only developed nation without paid family leave. This documentary will help change that. It’s about time.

Elevator Pitch: 
Only 12% of American have access to paid family leave, meaning 136 million Americans struggle to accommodate the addition of a new child, the serious illness or death of a family member, or a worker’s own medical condition. Today, an injury, an illness, a new baby or an aging parent can be a trigger into poverty.

“Zero Weeks,” from director Ky Dickens, explores the economic and societal consequences resulting from America’s lack of paid family leave, the benefits it would deliver to families and businesses alike, and what politicians and leaders can do to guarantee American families something more. 

Production Team:
Ky Dickens*, Director – “Fish Out of Water” (2009); “Sole Survivor” (2013)
Alexis Jaworski*, Producer
Amy McIntyre*, Producer
Michael Ognisanti, Cinematographer
Adina Kwasigroch, Assistant Producer
Katy Haggis, Production Manager

*Production team for Indiewire’s Project of the Month (September 2012) and Project of the Year candidate “Sole Survivor.”

About the Film:
Ky became interested in family leave policy when she had her first baby last year. Her employer offered her just two weeks paid leave. Realizing the lack of such policies are crushing to families, parents and children, her newest film crusade was born!

With only 2 in 10 Americans having access to even unpaid leave, this is a crisis for the middle class, the working class and basically any American who works and loves someone else. There’s too much at stake for too many families to let our country’s outdated stance on paid leave drag on any longer.

Current Status: Fundraising and production.

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