The Cannes Film Festival is no stranger to socially conscious, or politically acute films. Some of the most successful documentaries have celebrated their inaugural moments there, including the top grossing doc of all time, Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11. This year’s festival buzz surrounds the Internet entrepreneur (kudos!) Charles Ferguson who’s 2007 Iraq War documentary, No End in Sight was nominated for best documentary at the Academy Awards. Ferguson’s documentary “Inside Job”, narrated by Matt Damon, chronicles the inception of our economic mess: the deregulation of the financial industry. Among the people interviewed in the film are former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, billionaire financier George Soros, U.S. congressman Barney Frank, of SNL fame (just kidding), and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Ferguson: “I had several goals… one was just to show people actually this isn’t that complicated…(they) actually can understand what happened here. It was pretty straightforward, in fact. This was the biggest heist of all time…and I think many of the people who were involved in it were perfectly aware that that’s exactly what it was.”
When I first entertained the thought of Aliquot Films, and entering the world of independent cinema, it was exactly this type of subject matter that inspired me. Stories that matter; stories that inform, incite and inspire. Films that brings truth to the screen and move society forward. It seems new methods of limitation are thrown our way everyday. We each have an opportunity, each and everyday, through the living art that is our very lives, to combat this, to move society forward. To inform, incite and inspire those around us to greater heights, prosperity and charity.
What will you do today?
“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” -Kalu Iche Kalu
All my best,