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Ivory Tower (2014)

Title: Ivory Tower (2014)
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 97 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2014-06-13 (Theater)
Cast: Michael Ironside Patrick Van Horn Kari Wuhrer
Genre: Documentary
IMDB: IMDB Link

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point. Through interviews profiled at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and Sebastian Thrun's Udacity-among several others-IVORY TOWER reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. Along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women's college Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure. (C) Samuel Goldwyn

Master of the Universe (2014)

Title: Master of the Universe (2014)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 88 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2014-06-06 (Theater)
Cast: Rainer Voss
Genre: Documentary Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

A kind of minimalist documentary version of THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE depicts the same world of limitless financial opportunity, the greed and irresponsibility that fueled it, and the world-shaking consequences that resulted, bringing ruin to both the former "masters of the universe" themselves and ordinary people across the globe. Frightening and fascinating, MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE offers a penetrating glimpse behind the curtain of high finance, revealing the psychology, the mechanics, and the sobering reality of a world that deeply affects all of us but that few of us fully understand.(c) Anthology

Citizen Koch (2014)

Title: Citizen Koch (2014)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 110 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2014-06-06 (Theater)
Cast: Brian Cunningham Dee Ives John Ives MariJo Kabat
Genre: Documentary Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

Last year, public television officials pulled $150,000 in funds they had committed to the documentary and cancelled plans for the film's broadcast premiere, as reported by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker, in fear of losing the financial backing of major PBS donor David Koch, the ultra-conservative billionaire industrialist and WGBH and WNET trustee. In this stunning turn of events, CITIZEN KOCH was effectively censored from the public airwaves. After completing one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns of all time to make up for the lost production funds, CITIZEN KOCH is now set to hit theaters nationwide. (C) Variance

G-Dog (2013)

Title: G-Dog (2013)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 92 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2013-04-22 (Theater)
Cast: Greg Boyle
Genre: Documentary Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

With a motto of "Jobs not Jails" Father Greg built this successful non-profit institution in Los Angeles from scratch. Today, though it faces enormous financial challenges each month, Homeboy Industries and its thriving Homegirl Cafe offer not only a refuge but a life-changing environment that puts these young people on a new path in life. And it has become a global model for turning kids away from gang life and toward a future of hope. (c) New Video Docurama

Assassins Run (White Swan) (2012)

Title: Assassins Run (White Swan) (2012)
Rated: R
Runtime: 88 min(s)
Release: 2013-04-23 (DVD)
0000-00-00 (Theater)
Cast: Christian Slater Cole Hauser Sofya Skya Angus Macfadyen Judi Barton
Genre: Mystery & Suspense Action & Adventure
IMDB: IMDB Link

Maya, a beautiful Russian ballerina, is pursued by the Russian mafia after they kill her husband, a successful American businessman, and financial documents worth hundreds of millions of dollars go missing. Maya is framed by corrupt cops and imprisoned, and then when she is due to be released, her daughter is kidnapped, and she must fight to save her life. However, those who seem to be her friends may really be her enemies...

The Flaw (2011)

Title: The Flaw (2011)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 78 min(s)
Release: 2012-06-13 (DVD)
2011-06-03 (Theater)
Cast: Robert Shiller Robert Frank Joseph Stiglitz Dan Ariely Robert Wade
Genre: Documentary Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

International award winning director David Sington (director of 'In the Shadow of the Moon') tells the story of the credit bubble which caused the financial crisis, which has brought suffering to millions. Forsaking easy explanations of greedy bankers and incompetent regulators, this film goes to the roots of the forces which caused America and the UK to be gripped by the crazy belief that everyone could be rich and property prices would rise for ever. With a cast of bankers, borrowers, brokers and some of the best economic brains in the world, the film tells a gripping story of delusion, deceit and destruction. -- (C) Dartmouth Films

Toxic Lullaby (2010)

Title: Toxic Lullaby (2010)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 92 min(s)
Release: 2012-06-26 (DVD)
0000-00-00 (Theater)
Cast: Samantha Richter Eva Balkenhol Noah Hunter Andreas Pape Yvo Rene Scharft
Genre: Action & Adventure Horror Art House & International Science Fiction & Fantasy
IMDB: IMDB Link

TOXIC LULLABY tells the story of Eloise, who wakes up in a destroyed, life threatening world after a bad drug trip. Separated from her friends, she learns to survive in a bizarre new reality. The world around her is chaotic. She learns that the world collapsed following a financial crisis that turned into chaotic panic regarding the worlds last food resources - and their complete destruction. In addition, the use of iological weapons spread a virus among the human species - causing them to become dangerous mutant zombies (sleepers). Under these desperate conditions, she joins a group of people, who like her, are motivated by the longing to flee this nightmare, but it's hard to tell who'll carry the day, the survivors or the zombies.

Such Great Heights (2012)

Title: Such Great Heights (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 88 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-06-12 (Theater)
Cast: Jon Fitch Crazy Bob Cook Josh Thomson Mike Swick Pat Minihan
Genre: Documentary
IMDB: IMDB Link

An intimate and gripping journey into the world of mixed martial arts, as Jon Fitch prepares for the fight of his life against perennial UFC Champ Georges St. Pierre. While Fitch focuses on his training, the story weaves through the daily triumphs and challenges of the other fighters at the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). Fighters battle their inner demons and financial hardship, striving to make it in this world of blood, sweat and tears. The stakes are high as Fitch prepares for the most climactic moment of his life, which culminates in an epic battle of heart and the human spirit. -- (C) Official Site

Vicky Donor (2012)

Title: Vicky Donor (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 0 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-04-20 (Theater)
Cast: Yami Gautam Annu Kapoor Ayushmann Khurrana
Genre: Comedy Romance
IMDB: IMDB Link

Dr Baldev Chaddha (Anu Kapoor) , a well qualified fertility expert, runs a fertility clinic and a sperm bank in Dariyaganj, New Delhi, that guarantees a high quality and specialized sperm for the purpose. Unfortunately he has more failed cases to his credit than successes. A healthy, high performing donor is the need of the hour. Vicky Arora (Ayushmann Khurrana), a young, good-looking, Punjabi boy from Lajpat Nagar, is the only son and of no financial support to Dolly, a widow, who runs a small beauty parlor from home. As luck would have it, a small brawl in the colony brings Dr Chaddha and Vicky, face to face, where Chaddha, concludes that Vicky could be THAT donor he has been looking for. -- (C) Eros

The Forgotten Space (2012)

Title: The Forgotten Space (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 110 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-02-15 (Theater)
Cast:
Genre: Documentary Drama
IMDB: IMDB Link

The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which - maybe in a more fundamental way than financial speculation- leads the world economy to the abyss. The film follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete. -- (C) Official Site

Casa de mi padre (2012)

Title: Casa de mi padre (2012)
Rated: R
Runtime: 0 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-03-16 (Theater)
Cast: Will Ferrell Gael Garcia Bernal Diego Luna Genesis Rodriguez Efren Ramirez
Genre: Art House & International Comedy
IMDB: IMDB Link

Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando's younger brother Raul (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancee, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal). -- (C) Pantelion Films

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

Title: The Queen of Versailles (2012)
Rated: PG
Runtime: 100 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-07-20 (Theater)
Cast:
Genre: Documentary Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

Directed by lauded filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield, who won the U.S. Directing Award for Documentary Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for this film, The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.

Runaway Slave (2012)

Title: Runaway Slave (2012)
Rated: PG
Runtime: 108 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-07-27 (Theater)
Cast: Glenn Beck C.L. Bryant Herman Cain
Genre: Documentary Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

Filmmaker Pritchett Cotton explores the controversial theory that American blacks were never truly released from the shackles of slavery, but instead offered the illusion of freedom by a government that methodically used financial and social constraints to prevent them from advancing within the context of the culture of the U.S. Host Rev. C.L. Bryant contrasts the social and political climates of early-21st century America against the mood of the country at the time of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s while traveling across the country interviewing politicians and leaders, who comment about the concept of a "new underground railroad" that reveals the depths of the government's deception of the people. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Brief Reunion (2012)

Title: Brief Reunion (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 88 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2013-01-18 (Theater)
Cast: Joel de la Fuente Alexie Gilmore Francie Swift Quentin Mare
Genre: Mystery & Suspense Drama
IMDB: IMDB Link

Be careful who you let play in your virtual sandbox - even if they're old friends. Aaron Clark has it all: financial security, a beautiful wife, and a close-knit circle of old friends. But this cozy life is shattered by the arrival of Teddy, former classmate and proverbial snake. Teddy worms his way back into their lives, 'befriends' Aaron's wife and hijacks Aaron's 40th birthday surprise. He systematically stalks them - at home, at work, and in cyberspace. Bitter over Aaron's success, Teddy pries into his business affairs and hints at improprieties, threatening extortion and revenge. He relentlessly pushes, until Aaron snaps. And suddenly the question on everyone's mind: Is Aaron really the man he appears to be? Or is it true that "Nobody really knows anybody, least of all themselves?" This deep, dark question goes at the heart of human nature, and in Brief Reunion, finds some disturbing and even fatal answers. (c) Official Site

The Brass Teapot (2013)

Title: The Brass Teapot (2013)
Rated: R
Runtime: 101 min(s)
Release: 2013-06-17 (DVD)
2013-04-05 (Theater)
Cast: Juno Temple Michael Angarano Alexis Bledel Billy Magnussen Alia Shawkat
Genre: Mystery & Suspense Science Fiction & Fantasy Comedy
IMDB: IMDB Link

The Brass Teapot is a modern fable about money and the meaning of the American dream. Based on the comic book, The Brass Teapot is a feature film about John (Michael Angarano) and Alice (Juno Temple), who live in small down America. They are in their 20's, married, very much in love and broke. Once voted "Most Likely to Succeed," Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot. It isn't long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes. The Brass Teapot is a magical comedy that reminds us to be careful what we wish for. (c) Magnolia

Now, Forager (2012)

Title: Now, Forager (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 93 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-10-03 (Theater)
Cast: Jason Cortlund Tiffany Esteb Almex Lee Gabrielle Maisels
Genre: Documentary Drama Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

Lucien and Regina are foragers - They gather wild mushrooms in the woodlands of New Jersey and sell them to restaurants in New York. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unstable. To improve their financial security and to follow a more fulfilling personal career path, Regina decides to take a job cooking at a high-end restaurant. Lucien disapproves and instead, he proposes to give up their apartment and live as full-time itinerant foragers. As individual desires take them down divergent paths over the course of a year, their marriage slowly comes apart. -- (C) Argot

Vulgaria (2012)

Title: Vulgaria (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 90 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-09-28 (Theater)
Cast: Chapman To Dada Chan Ronald Cheng Kristal Tin Fiona Sit
Genre: Drama Comedy
IMDB: IMDB Link

To (Chapman To Man-chak), a long-time film producer, has yet to produce anything resembling a hit. Beset by financial troubles, he has become desperate for money - so much so that he is unable to pay the alimony to his ex-wife (Kristal Tin). Despite his former spouse's bitterness, their daughter still clings onto her faith in him - and wishes to see him on TV once his new movie premieres. To is soon introduced to a potential Mainland Chinese investor, Tyrannosaurus (Ronald Cheng), by his buddy Lui Wing-shing (Simon Loui Yu-yeung). But Tyrannosaurus is not only the head of a Guangxi triad gang, he turns out to have very particular tastes in food and sex. Regardless, To is determined to woo this investor, even if it means giving into his every demand. -- (C) China Lion

Craigslist Joe (2012)

Title: Craigslist Joe (2012)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 90 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2012-08-02 (Theater)
Cast: Joseph Garner
Genre: Documentary Action & Adventure Special Interest
IMDB: IMDB Link

In a time when America's economy and sense of community were crumbling, one guy left everything behind - to see if he could survive solely on the support of the 21st century's new town square: Craigslist. As of recent, the United States found itself in one of the most precarious financial meltdowns in modern history. It was in this climate that 29-year-old Joseph Garner cut himself off from everyone he knew and everything he owned, to embark on a bold adventure. Armed with only a laptop, cell phone, toothbrush, and the clothes on his back - alongside the hope that community was not gone but just had shifted - Joe lived for a month looking for alms in America's new town square: Craigslist. For 31 December days and nights, everything in his life would come from the Craigslist website. Would America help Joe? -- (C) Official Site

Desi Boyz (2011)

Title: Desi Boyz (2011)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 121 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2011-11-23 (Theater)
Cast: John Abraham Deepika Padukone Akshay Kumar Chitrandga Singh Chitrangada Singh
Genre: Action & Adventure Romance Comedy
IMDB: IMDB Link

The year is 2009. The world has been struck by the financial meltdown. But Nick Mathur and Jerry Patel don't feel a thing in their comfortable pad in London. Nick feels smug with his successful investment banking job, the new bonus in his pocket and his beautiful fiance, Radhika, by his side, while Jerry is so used to scraping the bottom of the barrel and living off his best buddy Nick, that recession feels like home. Nick and Jerry stop smiling the day Nick's company decides to downsize and unceremoniously fires him. And Jerry is informed by the Social Services that his nephew Veer, who's local guardian Jerry is will be placed in a foster home unless he gets a steady job. Desi Boyz is the story of two men who are forced to do something extremely bizarre which gives them instant gratification but the repercussions tear them apart and its aftermath which tests everything including their friendship. -- (C) Official Site

America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments (2011)

Title: America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments (2011)
Rated: Unrated
Runtime: 0 min(s)
Release: 0000-00-00 (DVD)
2011-10-12 (Theater)
Cast: Darryl Roberts Deepak Chopra Kathleen Sebilius Timothy Dolan
Genre: Documentary
IMDB: IMDB Link

In an instant, 29 million Americans became fat, out of shape and dangerously obese... and they did it without taking a single bite of food. It was all the result of a decision to change the national standard for obesity. The question is "What was behind a ruling to declare so many people to be fat? Was it political, financial or for the good of humankind?" You'll find out that diet companies have raked in huge profits because of the new standards - guidelines the weight loss industry helped structure. The answer lies in a new film by award-winning director Darryl Roberts who, in a follow-up to America The Beautiful, examines the cause of our country's obsession with dieting. America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments also weighs in on the raging debate between doctors who say fat is healthy versus those who disagree. -- (C) Official Site

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