Thursday, August 6, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Missed the event? CLICK HERE to view a recap.

You’re invited to join the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity for an exclusive, online showing of “America Lost” followed by a live poverty discussion and Q&A. When you RSVP, you will receive more details about how to access the film and how to tune in to the live Q&A.


  • The Honorable Chuck DeVore – Vice President of National Initiatives, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Avik Roy – President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
  • Chris Rufo – Director, Center for Wealth, Poverty, & Morality, Discovery Institute; Executive Director, The Documentary Foundation

Event Agenda

  • 12:00PM – 1:15PM – Virtual Film Screening of “America Lost” (CLICK HERE)
  • 1:15PM – 2:00PM – Live Poverty Discussion + Q&A (CLICK HERE)

Movie Synopsis

America Lost is a feature documentary that explores life in three “forgotten American cities”—Youngstown, Ohio, Memphis, Tennessee, and Stockton, California.

The film reveals the dramatic decline of the American interior through a combination of emotional personal stories and thoughtful conservative commentary. Filmmaker Christopher F. Rufo spent five years gathering these intimate portraits of Americans on the edge, including an ex-steelworker scrapping abandoned homes to survive, a recently incarcerated father trying to rebuild his life, and a single mother dreaming of escaping her blighted urban neighborhood.

Ultimately, despite these grave challenges, the film offers a glimpse of hope for rebuilding America’s families and communities from the bottom up.

CLICK HERE to watch the film trailer and learn more.