Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (pictured) and his production-distribution outfit Cinelan are partnering with Seattle-based Vulcan Productions to produce and distribute a series of 20 U.S. economy themed shorts from a roster of directors.
Participating filmmakers include Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), Mary Harron (American Psycho) and Jessica Yu (Last Call at the Oasis), as well as Spurlock himself (Super Size Me), who is also exec producing the series.
The films, which are meant to raise awareness about the economy, will be produced over the next four months and receive premieres online, as well as via VOD, broadcast and mobile platforms in the fall. A related educational curriculum will be introduced to U.S. schools and universities in tandem with the release.
Economic advisors on the projects include An Empire of Wealth author John Steele Gordon and Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The full team of filmmakers, film festival and event partners, and educational partners and distribution outlets will be revealed over the summer.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Vulcan Productions, this incredibly talented group of directors, and several top economic minds to create accessible, impactful short films that not only break down the subject matter in a more digestible format, but also share the unique human stories behind the inner workings of the economy,” said Cinelan founder Spurlock in a statement.
Carole Tomko, creative director and GM of Vulcan Productions, added: “These films will educate, inform and entertain audiences on the fundamentals of the U.S. economy, connecting everyday experiences to larger realities for millions of viewers.”