WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss

  • "Creators need always to remember only one thing: every obstacle is an opportunity."

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    Briefly summarize your nominated project for someone who is unfamiliar with your work. Think of this as your elevator pitch.
    WE THE ECONOMY is a short film series developed in partnership between Cinelan and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions. WTE asks and answers 20 critical questions about the fundamentals of the US economy. The questions were developed by economic thought leaders and the films were directed by some of the best storytellers in the world including Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights) and Morgan Spurlock (CNN’s Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, Super Size Me) along with actors such as Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Adrian Grenier, Bob Balaban and dozens more.

    When did you first know that this work was going to be something special?
    We always knew the scope and ambition of this project would make it special. But we weren’t quite prepared for the deep level of interest and engagement that came from our filmmakers, advisors, and platform partners, and how passionate they all were about the educational aspect and doing what they could to advance our goals. But the reality of what we had on our hands probably dawned on us most dramatically when Landmark Theatres agreed to premiere the films in 20 locations nationwide on a single night -- for free, something they’d never done before. For anyone.

    What inspired you most to follow your dreams/vision while working on this project?
    Our main inspiration for this project was to be able to create a series of 20 short films on the subject of the US economy that could be accessible by anyone at anytime and anywhere, keeping it fun, entertaining and educational.

Credits

  • Executive Producer
    Paul G. Allen
    Vulcan Productions
  • Executive Producer
    Jody Allen
    Vulcan Productions
  • Co-Executive Producer
    Carole Tomko
    Vulcan Productions
  • Co-Executive Producer
    Jody Gottlieb
    Vulcan Productions
  • Coordinating Producer
    Jannat Gargi
    Vulcan Productions
  • Digital Producer
    Matt Milios
    Vulcan Productions
  • Unit Production Manager
    Kim Nyhous
    Vulcan Productions
  • Associate Producer
    Aimee Link
    Vulcan Productions
  • Social Media Relations
    David Patton
    Vulcan Productions
  • Social Media Relations
    Jordan Steward
    Vulcan Productions
  • Intellectual Property Counsel
    Davina Inslee
    Vulcan Productions
  • Business Affairs Consultant
    B.J. Miller
    Vulcan Productions
  • Executive Producer
    Morgan Spurlock
    Cinelan
  • Co-Executive Producer
    Douglas Dicconson
    Cinelan
  • Co-Executive Producer
    David Laks
    Cinelan
  • Co-Executive Producer
    Karol Martesko-Fenster
    Cinelan
  • Supervising Producer
    Nelly Petit
    Cinelan
  • Supervising Producer
    Damon Smith
    Cinelan
  • Special Consultant
    Joe Cantwell
    Cinelan
  • Communications
    Susan Jacobs
    Cinelan
  • Production Coordinator
    Madeleine Lawler
    Cinelan
  • Production Coordinator
    Alexandra Rosen
    Cinelan
  • Editorial Consultant
    Ted Lambert
    Cinelan
  • Editorial Consultant
    Jason Horowitz
    Cinelan
  • Editorial Consultant
    Jeremy Kaplan
    Cinelan
  • Director
    Braden King
    Truckstop Media
  • Co-Founder
    Tony Ash
    Hip Check Consulting
  • Co-Founder
    Raquel Fagan
    Hip Check Consulting
  • Web Team Lead
    Caspar Bolt
    Version Industries
  • Web Team Lead
    Giles Copp
    Version Industries
  • Lead Programmer
    Jeff Garneau
    Version Industries
  • Lead Editor
    Josh Cramer
    House of Trim
  • Editor
    Justin Spinks
    House of Trim
  • Creative Director
    Colin Metcalf
    Grit and Luster

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