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: