Producer/director Katie Teague's return to her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia as part of a national tour premiering, Money & Life will pose a rare opportunity for the local community to learn why her 'story of money' is so vitally important to empowering civil transformation.
Having grown up and attended school here, Katie Teague is well aware of the area's societal history, a heritage so rich it virtually emanates from the depth of local souls. Like other post-industrial cities straddling both the Bible and Rust Belts though, the people here have consequently been typified by Richard Florida in The Personality Map of Who's Your City as conscientious and agreeable (Florida).
For this reason then, the region's citizens can typically be viewed as a proud, amiable, hard-working, principled, and loyal lot. Yet, while their shared work ethic over the last century has at times served as a backbone for national strength and prosperity, they've also wrestled fiercely to retain time-honored traditions and family values while simultaneously shedding blood, sweat, and tears to raise this little, rough-and-tumble railroad town that they so dearly love. But times are tough--so tough, in fact, a sizable host are gravely disheartened; suffering from various afflictions including disbelief, denial, addiction (inebriation), ignorance, poverty, and fear. Tragically too, these conscious states are often compounded by confusion surrounding issues of personal identity and self-worth, often traceable to the rising of a societal monolith over the last 30 years that has seductively enticed, prior to ruthlessly exploiting, and ultimately victimizing, the local proletariat as unwitting cogs in its pernicious machinery.