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Spurlock, Reticker helm doc shorts for Amex

Three shorts about small businesses directed by docmakers Morgan Spurlock, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, and Gini Reticker and produced by Tribeca Studios and American Express are premiering today (July 15). (Pictured: A Dream Preferred)
July 15, 2015

Three short documentaries about small businesses directed by Morgan Spurlock, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, and Gini Reticker are premiering today (July 15) across a host of on-demand platforms.

The films were produced by Tribeca Digital Studios for financial service brand American Express and can be viewed on such cable on-demand platforms as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon, as well as Vimeo, American Express’ YouTube channel and the brand’s online forum for small business owners, among other platforms.

Each short profiles a different business and explores the impact each one has on their communities.

Spurlock’s The Downtown Project  looks at a Las Vegas initiative of the same name that aims to revitalize the depressed areas of the city – which was hard-hit during the 2008 economic crisis – with new businesses.

Meanwhile, Detropia directors Ewing and Grady’s A Dream Preferred (pictured) profiles two brothers from Baltimore who crowdfund an ice cream truck business with a social change message; and Gini Reticker’s Buffalo Returns looks at a group of Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation who rebuild their community with the help of returning buffalo.

“These exciting new projects further Tribeca Digital Studios’ commitment to showcasing intimate stories and remarkable individuals dealing with strife and triumph,” said Paula Weinstein, executive VP of Tribeca Enterprises, in a statement. “It was important for us to enlist the help of these incredible directors to capture the entrepreneurial spirit on the local level, and the often underestimated impact of these small businesses.”

  • Check out a trailer for Morgan Spurlock’s The Downtown Project below:

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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