New Doc Planned on Zenith Plant Closing, Downtown Live Ends Tonight

Jul 26, 2019

Filmmaker Jay Shapiro

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska, says repair work on a levee breach near Hamburg, Iowa, has been completed.

The agency says the breach was one of four priority breaches to be closed in the wake of historic flooding along the Missouri River in March.  The Corps says more than 500 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte, and Elkhorn rivers, as well as other tributaries, experienced significant flood damage this year.

Sioux City was hit hard when the Zenith plant closed 40 years ago, and now a New York filmmaker wants to find out what happened to those workers and the community.  Jay Shapiro was Sioux City this week talking with former employees and their families for a new documentary.  Shapiro says he was inspired to make the film after watching a documentary by George Lindblade about the struggle to keep the Zenith plant open as it was happening.  

That sparked this conversation, maybe a natural one, what happened to those who were actually in the film, but also what happened to the community, not just where are they now, and where are they politically, is the overarching question that I have. 

Shapiro will be returning to Sioux City later this year to continue his research and filming for the documentary. 

Tonight is the final show for the Downtown Live! concert series.

The Taylor Scott  Band performs tonight in front of the Sioux City Public Museum.

Downtown Live! starts tonight at 6.