One Topic, Twenty Directors

“We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss” is a series of short films that aim to help everyday viewers better understand economic issues.

We the Economy

Take one topic add twenty dynamic directors whose styles are uniquely different and the result is several engaging eclectic shorts.

The brainchild of documentary guru Morgan Spurlock (“Super-Size Me,”) and Damon Smith, “We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss” is a series of short films that aim to help everyday viewers better understand economic issues.

With animated shorts tackling subjects from income inequality, healthcare to recession, the project is a collection of twenty films from such directors as Albert Hughes (“The Book of Eli”), Adam McKay (“Anchorman”), Shola Lynch (“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners”), Chris Henchy (“The Other Guys”), Jon M. Chu (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”),  Mary Harron (“American  Psycho”) and Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”).

“Last year Paul Allen [MSN co-founder] had the notion that people in this country didn’t have an understanding of the U.S. economy. He reached out to my partner Morgan to make a film explaining basic economics to the general audience,” says Damon Smith, Producer and Founding Partner of Cinelan.  “We said let’s do it as a film series, invite lots of filmmakers and directors into the process and actually tell short stories that are fun and entertaining so we can distribute them all online and maximize the reach.”Ponies

All eight minutes or less, each film seeks to demystify economics, explaining how money works and how commerce impacts our daily lives.

Hughes’ tackles the city of Detroit’s economic demise in the visually dazzling short “City on the Rise,” McKay takes on income inequality with an animated parody of three little ponies and Henchy’s piece on the nation’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is illustrated with an animated wrestling match.

“The big rule was the format, which was 5-8 minutes and we very much wanted to keep it in that time frame because we know that sort of format really performs well online,” Smith continues. “We reached out to a lot of people and almost all of them were able to do it. We were keen on getting narrative filmmakers as well as documentary filmmakers and had a list of story topics which the directors picked from.”

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With Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph voicing some of the animated characters, “We the Economy” is a thought-provoking short­ film series that tackles twenty essential questions about the U.S. economy through comedy, animation, music/dance, documentary, and scripted films.

“The films speak for themselves and there is a lot of comedy in these series. If you make people laugh you can make people learn. They are editorially sound, grounded, fun and entertaining. I really think people will find their way to it organically and I think that each one will travel organically online.”

“We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss” premieres online Tuesday, October 21st.

For more information visit: https://wetheeconomy.com/

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