The award-winning investigative documentary Fail State executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, investigates the dark side of American higher education, chronicling the decades of policy decisions in Washington, D.C. that have given rise to a powerful and highly-predatory for-profit college industry. Fail Safe directed by Alex Shebanow, opens in theaters in Los Angeles on October 19 at Laemmle’s Music Hall, and in New York on November 9 at the Maysles Documentary Center Cinema, followed by a digital release via Gravitas Ventures on November, and national television debut on STARZ on December 17.
With echoes of the subprime mortgage crisis, the film lays bare how for-profit colleges exploit millions of low-income and minority students, leaving them with worthless degrees and drowning in student loan debt. Director Alexander Shebanow traces the rise, fall, and resurgence of the for-profit college industry, revealing its Wall Street Backing and the lawmakers enabling widespread fraud and abuse in American higher education.
The film features interviews with Senators Dick Durbin, Illinois and Senator Tom Harkin, Iowa; Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee; Congresswoman Maxine Waters, California; Attorney General Jack Conway, Kentucky; F. King Alexander, President and Chancellor, Louisiana State University; Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College and many more.