HBO is known for gripping dramas and award-winning films, which should make Monday night’s documentary must-see TV. The lens will be squarely focused on a Plainview couple as part of “Hard Times: Lost on Long Island.”
The one-hour film, which takes a look at the recession through the eyes of Long Islanders in the second half of 2010, debuts at 9 p.m. on HBO.
One of the stories director Marc Levin spotlights is Plainview couple Alan and Susan Fromm. They grew up in Brooklyn and raised two children in Plainview. Alan Fromm lost his job in 2009 after a career in corporate education and training and has been out of work for more than a year at the time of the documentary.
"I'm not sitting home and doing nothing," Fromm told filmmakers. "A day does not go by that I'm not looking for work."
The film was an award-winner at the in 2011.
The documentary's tagline is: "The American dream, foreclosed." It’s a gritty reminder that the economic downturn had real consequences in the manicured cul-de-sacs and well-heeled school districts that define Long Island.