The concept of universal basic income (UBI) has been gaining ground lately in the public policy arena. “Bootstraps,” a forthcoming docuseries on the practice and its impact on American communities, will premiere with a free screening at Mohonk Mountain House on February 6.
“The series tells the story of a 2017 experiment to investigate a proposed solution to economic uncertainty in America,” filmmakers Deia Schlosberg and Conrad Shaw explain. “Over the course of two and half years, a diverse cross-section of US households received an unconditional monthly income of $1,000 per adult and $333 per child. The intimate stories of the 11 households that participated in this groundbreaking basic income trial capture how a guaranteed payment that covers basic living expenses can free people from fear of homelessness and hunger and inspire them to pursue new things.”
Here's a clip from the series that was assembled while it was in production:
Presented by Mohonk Consultations, the pilot episode of “Bootstraps” will screen at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz on February 6 at 8pm. Following the viewing of the hour-long series pilot, Schlosberg and Shaw will lead a discussion and answer questions from the audience. Admission is free via online registration at Eventbrite.