When the housing bubble burst in 2008 and America plunged into what we now call the Great Recession, thousands lost their jobs, their homes and their livelihoods. Likely few places in the country felt the impact more than the small mining town of Empire, Nevada, near the Black Rock Desert where Burning Man is held each year. It was for years a company town for the United States Gypsum Corporation, but in 2011 the company shut down its mine amid the Recession and its residents all but abandoned their lives there. Some were able to move to new cities and set down roots, but for others, particularly older Americans, it was an opportunity to live a lifestyle they’d never imagined -- one of a modern day “nomad” by choice, exploring the American west and drifting from town to town with their campers and RVs in tow looking for jobs.
What does it take to be a kajillionaire? Is it worth trying? Miranda July’s new film “Kajillionaire” shows us how through the trials and tribulations of a con-artist family whose livelihood relies on their schemes.