Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan today announce a new partnership to produce and distribute a series of 20 short films by award-winning directors to drive awareness and better understanding of the U.S. economy. Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight and Thirteen), Mary Harron (American Psycho and I Shot Andy Warhol), Akiva Goldsman (Winter’s Tale and A Beautiful Mind), Spurlock (Super Size Me and CNN’s Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man), and Jessica Yu (Grey’s Anatomy and Last Call At The Oasis) are among the contributing filmmakers who will bring their unique perspective and their creative signature to the series.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Morgan Spurlock and his team at Cinelan on a project of such substance. These films will educate, inform and entertain audiences on the fundamentals of the U.S. economy, connecting everyday experiences to larger realities for millions of viewers,” said Carole Tomko, Creative Director and General Manager of Vulcan Productions.
The short films will be produced over the next four months culminating in a multi-platform simultaneous premiere planned for fall 2014. The series will be made accessible to the broadest possible audience via day-and-date distribution including online, VOD, broadcast and mobile. A related educational curriculum will be made available to schools and universities across the U.S. in tandem with the release of the series. The film series will be supported by a cross platform marketing campaign, social media, as well as major market press, festival, and university screenings.
"We’re thrilled to partner with Vulcan Productions, this incredibly talented group of directors, and several top economic minds to create accessible, impactful short films that not only break down the subject matter in a more digestible format, but also share the unique human stories behind the inner workings of the economy. It’s an important opportunity to create something that will have a lasting footprint,” said Morgan Spurlock, executive producer of the program and co-founder of Cinelan.
Among the economic advisors are John Steele Gordon (critically acclaimed author of An Empire of Wealth) and Dean Baker (Co-Founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research), who will provide subject matter guidance as the editorial foundation for these decidedly non-partisan stories.
The full roster of filmmakers, film festival, event partners and supporters, educational partners and distribution outlets will be announced this summer.
Cinelan curates and distributes award-winning film programs that influence audiences by fulfilling the fundamental human desire to experience a good story. Cinelan recently completed Focus Forward - Short Films, Big Ideas, a Webby-nominated and CLIO-winning series of 3-minute films that reached audiences around the globe with over 140 screening events across all seven continents and over 75 million film-views from 150+ countries. Founding partners are Morgan Spurlock, Damon Smith, David Laks, Douglas Dicconson, Jack Myers and Karol Martesko-Fenster. Visit www.cinelan.com