Reviews and Festivals
"Taken as a whole, the film is a powerful argument for the basic utility of UBI as a tool to combat poverty and to lift people up. As an educational tool, this film has potential as the subject of project or deeper dive into specific themes... An excellent example of activism for classes on civics or political outreach. Highly Recommended"
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"Shows how a guaranteed check can be a path out of poverty...Follows participants in programs across five different cities, offering a nuanced look at how much an extra $500 to $1,000 per month can impact working people and families."
— Huffington Post
"With great intimacy and hopeful stories, It's Basic tracks the gathering momentum toward a philosophy of lifting up those who are struggling to survive in the world's richest country."
— Tribeca Film Festival
"It's Basic, a deeply moving new documentary about universal basic income, shows the shocking thing people do when the government hands them money with no strings attached: They help other people."
— MovieMaker Magazine
"Speaking to participants in programs from Los Angeles, California, to St Paul, Minnesota and Newark, New Jersey, Tubbs and Levin show the human side of guaranteed income-working to dispel a 400-year myth over who is deserving of government aid and who is not."
— The Guardian
"At a time of widespread economic uncertainty, few films tackle the issues, offer solutions and most importantly show the human side of the story in a way Marc Levin does in his latest documentary It's Basic. How do we combat poverty, economic insecurity, and inequality? This film argues it's basic — give people money!"
— Film School Radio
Best Documentary, DTLA Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
Global Peace Film Festival
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
Provincetown International Film Festival
Louisville's International Festival of Film
DTLA Film Festival