Last week Maria Shriver and The Shriver Report, in partnership with HBO, screened their new documentary “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert,” premiering Monday, March 17 on HBO.com, and airing for free on ShriverReport.org through March 23.
Following the film’s New York premiere, executive producer Maria Shriver, who was joined by the film’s subject, Gilbert, as well as female rights activist Gloria Steinem, told the audience, “When people watch it, it transforms them. My hope is that every elected official, every business leader and anybody that has the ability to make change watches this film and goes out and does what’s in their heart.”
Gilbert, whose story puts a face behind the staggering statistics released in the latest Shriver Report: 42 million women, and 28 million children, in the United States are living on the brink of poverty, told the audience she hoped to inspire others by participating in the doc. “It’s just your storm, but you can get through it,” she said fighting back tears. “It’s my life and I’m working through it. I’m gonna get through it and I”m gonna make it.”
Steinem called for action. “We are not alone, number one. And number two, seeing what’s wrong with our system. [We need] policy changes.”
Filmmakers Nick Doob and Shari Cookson followed Ms. Gilbert for one year, documenting the experience of single-motherhood in America. The film shows, first hand, the perpetuating cycle of poverty faced by hard working individuals trying to move their lives forward.
When asked about why Katrina Gilbert was chosen as the films centerpiece, Shriver explained, “What’s really great about Katrina’s story, I think, is that her ex-husband is trying to be involved in the children’s lives and her now fiancée, Chris, is trying to be involved in his own life. Everybody in this film is trying.”
“Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert”, executive produced by Maria Shriver and HBO Documentary Films premieres tonight at 9PM EST on HBO and will stream free for one week following the film’s premiere on ShriverReport.org and YouTube.com/HBO.