A locally set documentary that tells the story of employee-owned Eder Flag in Oak Creek, where a workforce comprised of locals, immigrants and refugees sews and ships more than 5 million flags each year from its Rawson Avenue factory, is set to make its streaming debut.
The Flagmakers, from National Geographic Films, will launch Wednesday on Disney+.
It was also announced that week that Mark Gordon Pictures has tapped playwright John J. Caswell Jr. to adapt a stage musical version of The Flagmakers.
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The Oscar-contending documentary from Academy Award-winning director Cynthia Wade (“Gutsy,” “Freeheld”), award-winning director Sharon Liese (“Transhood”) and executive producer and Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo made its hometown premiere in November at the Oriental Theatre on Milwaukee’s East Side.
The documentary focuses on Eder Flag’s 200-person workforce, who stitch the stars and stripes as they wrestle with identity and belonging. Eder Flag employs workers who immigrated to the United States from countries such as Afghanistan, Burma, Morocco, Nigeria, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Serbia, Albania, Cuba, Pakistan and Iraq.
The Flagmakers offers an intimate glimpse into the people whose hands make the country’s most recognizable icon.