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  • Year: 2015
  • Film Format: Blu-ray
  • Origin: USA
  • Runtime: 73 mins
  • Color
  • Language: English

REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky—widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive—on the defining characteristic of our time: the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.

Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality, tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.

Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time: the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, REQUIEM is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.

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Read the companion book Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power

Peter Hutchison

Peter is an NYC-based producer and documentary filmmaker whose experience in film and television production spans well over a decade.

His numerous documentaries include “What Would Jesus Buy?” (Sundance Channel Feature) – on the work of anti-consumer activist and performance artist Reverend Billy - with producing partner Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me)”.

He also produced and co-wrote the award winning “SPLIT: A Divided America” (IFC Choice Indie), and it’s follow-up “SPLIT: A Deeper Divide” (The Documentary Channel) - explorations of the Red State/Blue State Divide and the corrosive nature of bi-partisanship.

In addition, he produced and co-wrote “Awake Zion”, a doc exploring reggae music and Jewish culture (Film Buff). More recently, he has directed/produced for television - for the Discovery ID docudrama series “Bad Teachers” (Atlas Media) and A&E crime doc series “Killer Speaks” (ITV Studios).

His production and finance background includes having served as a bond representative in the US and Europe for the film guarantor Film Finances International, and has written on film as a contributing editor for the academic journal ‘Afterimage’.

Kelly Nyks

A Partner in PF Pictures and award-winning director of narrative & documentary films, Kelly has worked across Europe, Asia and America. He most recently directed and produced DISRUPTION - the story of the greatest crisis mankind has ever faced and the movement rising to fight it.

Kelly also recently directed and produced the critically acclaimed shorts MONEY IS MATERIAL & IMPOSSIBLE.

He produced and directed DO THE MATH - chronicling America's preeminent environmentalist Bill McKibben in a david-vs-goliath battle to fight the fossil fuel industry and change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.

Kelly wrote, directed and produced SPLIT: A DEEPER DIVIDE – a non-partisan investigation of the US political divide hailed by Variety as a ‘solid, evenhanded spur for discussion’ and ‘a Must See’ by The Examiner. International broadcasts include Germany (ZDF), Japan (NHK), Austria (ORF), Spain (MultiCanal), Finland (YLE), Israel (Channel Eight) and Taiwan (PTS).

His directorial debut SPLIT: A DIVIDED AMERICA won Best Documentary and Audience Favorite awards at festivals nationwide, was broadcast domestically (IFC) and internationally (Films Transit) and cornerstoned a nationwide educational campaign to educate First Time Voters in partnership with the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Through the US State Department Public Diplomacy Speakers Program Kelly has screened the film in cities around the world including Beijing, Berlin, Madrid, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Toulouse, Taipei, Barcelona, Munich, Brussels, Paris and Valencia, among others.

Kelly produced THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF which won the Jury Prize in the Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition and will play Film Festivals worldwide this year.

Jared P. Scott

An award-winning filmmaker and partner at PF Pictures, Jared P. Scott most recently directed and produced DISRUPTION - the story of our unique moment in history - of tipping points - as we're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last that can do something about it.

Jared also recently directed and produced the critically acclaimed shorts MONEY IS MATERIAL & IMPOSSIBLE - both Vimeo Staff Picks.

Jared directed and produced DO THE MATH - chronicling renown environmentalist Bill McKibben in a david-vs-goliath battle to fight the fossil fuel industry and change the terrifying math of the climate crisis. [in-release on Al-Jazeera America]

He directed, edited and produced THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF – a Jury Prize winner in the Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition. The film was 1 of 15 selected to premiere at Sundance alongside shorts by Morgan Spurlock, Alex Gibney, Lucy Walker, Steve James, and Albert Maysles.

Jared produced & edited SPLIT: A DEEPER DIVIDE – an investigation of the Divided States of America. The film was broadcasted domestically on The Documentary Channel and 12 territories internationally through Films Transit. [Oct '12]

He was a producer & editor on SPLIT: A DIVIDED AMERICA which won Best Documentary and Audience Favorite awards at festivals nationwide, and was broadcast both domestically (IFC) and abroad (Films Transit).

a PF PICTURES production
a film by PETER HUTCHISON KELLY NYKS JARED P. SCOTT
Featuring NOAM CHOMSKY

Produced & Directed by PETER HUTCHISON KELLY NYKS JARED P. SCOTT
Executive Producer DIANA HOLTZBERG
Associate Producer THERON POWELL
Associate Producer DAL & EVAN LaMAGNA
Original Music by MALCOLM FRANCIS
Edited by ALAN CANANT
Cinematography by MIKE McSWEEENEY ROB FEATHERSTONE
Animation Direction by EVE WEINBERG
Animation by HALA ALHOMOUD NOAH POOLE EVE WEINBERG
Animation based on “Currency Collage” Artwork by MARK WAGNER

Assistant Editing by THERON POWELL, GREG HARTOFELIS, ANGELA HARDENBURG, JENNIFER HOBDY
Additional cinematography by JARED P. SCOTT, IAN DiSALVO, TOM MOORE, JARED KOWALCZYK,ANDERS BIRCH
Colorist JORDAN BRAMLETT
Sound Re-Recording Mixer MATT A. SCHOENFELD
Online Post-Supervisor HYPATIA PORTER
Legal Counsel DAVID KUHN
Consulting Production Supervisor ELIZABETH MacKENZIE
Sound Recordist NICK POHOLCHUK, SRDJAN POPOVIC
Additional Animation by RAFAEL CRUZ
Post-Interview Sound Supervisor MURRAY TRIDER

TriBeCa Film Festival Publicist WEIMAN SEID
Theatrical Publicist ADAM SEGAL
International Sales JAN ROFEKAMP
North America Sales RENA RONSON, NICK SHUMAKER

Fiscal Sponsorship by INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION
Interview Production Coordinator AUBREY LETHBRIDGE
Researcher RALUCA ALBA
Bookkeepers ALICIA McCAULEY, NATHIFA PEREZ, DANIEL McCARTNEY
Accounting ERIC KRONE, LENARD SILVERMAN
Interns LEA JACKSON, AMOS EFRAT
Additional Assistant Editing by JOHN BOLDRICK
Graphic Design by MELISSA TIERNEY

Additional Footage Courtesy of
“Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media”
by MARK ACHBAR & PETER WINTONICK

“e2” by KONTENREAL, TAD FETTIG

“Requiem for the American Dream could very well be embraced as the final word on economic inequality in the United States.” – Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com
“A much-needed punch in America's gut.” – , Indiewire
“The short, sharp, smart essay-film makes excellent use of Chomsky's insights while serving as one of the best entry points to the discussion of inequality.” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
“A lucid analysis that’s breathtaking in its simplicity, and all the more scary for it.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

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