Curry, Grenier, Noujaim set for economy doc shorts

Barbara Kopple, Adrian Grenier (pictured), Marshall Curry and Steve James are among the filmmakers joining the line-up for short doc initiative We The Economy.
September 17, 2014

The full filmmaker line-up has been unveiled for We The Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford To Miss, a Paul Allen- and Morgan Spurlock-driven series of doc shorts.

As previously reported in May, the project will match documentarians with economists to create 20 short films spotlighting the U.S. economy.

The complete list of directors that are being matched up with economists includes Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes), Bob Balaban (Gosford Park), Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper), Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Marshall Curry (Street Fight), Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), Adrian Grenier (Entourage), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Chris Henchy (The Campaign), Lee Hirsch (Bully), Albert Hughes (Menace II Society), Steve James (Hoop Dreams), Barbara Kopple (Harlan County U.S.A.), Shola Lynch (Free Angela and All Political Prisoners), Adam McKay (Anchorman), Jehane Noujaim (The Square), James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain), Miao Wang (Beijing Taxi), Jessica Yu (pictured, Last Call at the Oasis) and Spurlock himself (Super Size Me).

The filmmakers worked closely with economists to develop the five- to eight-minute long shorts, which cover the gamut from animation and comedy to non-fiction and scripted films, and will premiere this October across multiple platforms and distribution partners, including online, VOD, broadcast, mobile and theatrical.

The economic advisers include Dean Baker, Yoram Bauman, Jodi Beggs, Adam Davidson, John Steele Gordon, Neil Irwin, Greg Ip, Marcus Koch, Annalyn Kurtz and Diane Lim, and the film subjects were organized into five chapters: What is The Economy? What Is Money? What is the Role of Government in Our Economy? What is Globalization? and What Causes Inequality?

We The Economy is unlike anything that has been done before,” said Spurlock, who also serves as exec producer of the series, in a statement. “We have taken a topic that is generally considered complicated, dry and boring and made it entertaining, accessible and informative.”

We The Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford To Miss is coproduced by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan, and will be presented as a sneak preview to those attending the 2014 New York Film Festival Convergence on September 27.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.