Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Adrian Grenier, and Werner Herzog are among the more than 80 actors, directors, and academic and civic leaders who are collaborating on the digital series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan will produce the series of informative and entertaining films that tackle serious economic issues.
“At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the U.S. economy,” says Carole Tomko, general manager and creative director of Vulcan. “This esteemed group of artists and thinkers galvanizes our mission of bringing innovation to the public discourse about the economy, and empowering people to make better economic choices in their own lives.”
Directors such as Adam McKay, Catherine Hardwicke, Joe Berlinger, Ramin Bahrani, Barbara Kopple, Albert Hughes, and Steve James recruited famous friends and sat down with Nobel laureates (Joseph Stiglitz), activists (Robert Kennedy Jr.), and economic insiders (CNBC’s Jim Cramer) for short films about crucial money matters.
On Oct. 21, the free series will launch across multiple platforms, including online, VOD, broadcast, mobile, and theatrical.
The full roster of talent includes: Bob Balaban (Gosford Park), Annalise Basso (Occulus), Kerry Bische (Argo), Brooke Bloom (50/50), Marylouise Burke (Sideways), Mo Collins (MADtv), Laura Ceron (E.R.), Maddie Corman (Begin Again), Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Nancy Giles (Working Girl), Michael Gladis (Mad Men), Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan), Grenier (Entourage), Herzog (Grizzly Man), Peter Jacobson (House M.D.), Will Janowitz (Taking Woodstock), Cynthia Kaplan (Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same), Philip Labes (The Mindy Project), Ivan Mallon (The Ultimate Life), Oswalt (Young Adult), David James Palmer (Deadly Sins), Jimmy Palumbo (The Family), Ben Rameaka (Wolf of Wall Street), Besanya Santiago (The Blacklist), Christopher Spurrier (Four One Nine), Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) and Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy).
The voice-over artists are: Maria Bamford (The Maria Bamford Show), Billy Eichner (Parks and Recreation), Shad “Da Beast” Gaspard (professional wrestler), Tony Hale (Veep), Erin Jackson (Last Comic Standing), Phil LaMarr (Futurama), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Jayson Anthony Paul a/k/a JTG (professional wrestler), Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Andy Richter (Elf), Rob Riggle (The Other Guys), and Silverman (Masters of Sex). Moby and composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards) provide the films’ original music.