“American Socialist” Documentary on Eugene Victor Debs Available July 3 from First Run

First Run features is releasing American Socialist (DVD: $24.95) on July 3. Subtitled “The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs,” filmmaker Yale Strom’s documentary  traces history of American populism through an examination of  the life and times of political activist Debs (1855-1926), the man whose progressive ideas fueled generations to come—from FDR’s New Deal to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. American Socialist provides an objective but passionate history of the movement as founded and championed by Debs, one that continues to have an impact on our lives today.