Look around you, wherever that is right now. Is the chair you’re sitting on made in the U.S.A? How about the shirt on your back? Or even the newspaper in your hand? How about your shower or toilet? Could you survive solely on products that are made in America?
Look around you, wherever that is right now. Is the chair you’re sitting on made in the U.S.A? How about the shirt on your back? How about even the newspaper in your hand? How about your shower or toilet? Could you survive solely on products that are made in America?
A 2003 graduate of Ravenswood High School has crisscrossed the United States for 30 days while challenging himself to only use products that are made in the U.S.A.
Josh Miller along with cameraman Justin Moe and production assistant Phillip Keller started their journey on May 1 in Washington, D.C. They spent 30 days on the road filming the struggles of finding products and the benefits of buying American-made along with conducting interviews with various citizens and decision makers. What Miller and his crew discovered is being compiled into a documentary called “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey.”
Miller’s slogan, although only one sentence, has a great impact; “We are willing to die for our country, but are we willing to buy for it?”
When asked to use one word to describe his trip Miller said, “inspiring.” He went on to say, “What inspired me the most were the ideas people are coming up with and how many are fighting to turn this country around. There has been a lot more talking than walking in Washington lately in regards to how to turn this economy around. I think this film will make viewers realize that the power has and always will be in the hands of the people.”
Miller says while on his journey he learned that he could survive without underwear, which was more information than this interviewer intended to learn. On a much more serious note, Miller said “I learned that there are people out there who want to make a difference very badly but they don’t know how and I’m hoping this film inspires them to take action.”
Not wanting to give away too much about the film, Miller stated that viewers could expect a journey into the backbone and heart of America with this documentary. He plans on taking viewers on a trip through America showing them what they don’t see every day on the news.
In Miller’s words, “This film will show people that the concept that America was built on is still worth fighting for and the people still have more power than they think in determining the course of our great country and they shouldn’t forget that.”
The trailer to “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” will be released on July 4th. For more information on Josh Miller and this film go to usa30days.com. He can also be found on Twitter @USA30DAYS along with Facebook.
Josh Miller currently resides in Charleston with his wife Lori. He is on a leave of absence from his job at the West Virginia State Treasurer’s office and plans on returning in the upcoming weeks. His parents are Mark and Sandy Miller of Cottageville.