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Requiem for the American Dream

by Jared P. Scott, Peter D. Hutchison & Kelly Nyks
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.
2015  ·  1h13m  ·  United States
English
About the Film

REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky 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 favour the most wealthy at the expense of the majority – while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.

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About the Director

Peter D. Hutchison

Peter Hutchison is a critically acclaimed filmmaker, NY Times Bestselling author, educator and activist. Based in Brooklyn, his experience in film and TV production – as a documentary director, producer, writer and NYU Faculty member – spans nearly two decades.

 

Kelly Nyks

Kelly most recently directed and produced DISRUPTION – the story of the greatest crisis mankind has ever faced and the movement rising to fight it.
He also recently directed and produced the critically acclaimed short films MONEY IS MATERIAL & IMPOSSIBLE – both Vimeo Staff Picks.
He directed and produced 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 – which was released theatrically nationwide and can currently be seen on the Documentary Channel. International broadcasts include Germany (ZDF), Japan (NHK), Austria (ORF), Spain (MultiCanal), Finland (YLE), Israel (Channel 8) 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.
He is writing, directing and producing REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM – the riveting discussion of a lifetime with Noam Chomsky, the most important intellectual alive (NY Times), on the financialization of America. The film lays bare the social and political mechanisms responsible for the historically unprecedented concentration of wealth and power into the hands of a very few in the United States over course the last thirty years that has transformed the nation into one of haves vs. have-nots.
Kelly is also writing, directing and producing THE FIGHT – an in-depth investigation through the lens of health care into the battle between the two contending visions for the next Era of America – unbridled corporatism vs responsible capitalism. The documentary sees this struggle through the lens that exposes its greatest pain – the American Health Care System.
Kelly produced THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF which won the Jury Prize in the Focus Forward Filmmaker Competition and will play Film Festivals worldwide this year.
He is a partner at PF Pictures.

 

Jared P. Scott

Jared most recently directed and produced DISRUPTION – the story of our unique moment in history – of crossing thresholds, 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.
Weaving together the science, politics and the movement, the film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the lead-up to The People’s Climate March – the largest climate rally in the history of the planet.

Jared also recently directed and produced the critically acclaimed short films MONEY IS MATERIAL & IMPOSSIBLE – both Vimeo Staff Picks. He is currently directing & producing REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM – the riveting discussion-of-a-lifetime with Noam Chomsky on inequality in America. 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. The film is currently in release on Al-Jazeera America. He wrote, 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 – which was released theatrically nationwide in 2012. The film was broadcasted domestically on The Documentary Channel and 12 territories internationally through Films Transit. Jared 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). He has produced & directed numerous philanthropic mini-docs for NGOs and advocacy groups in the Americas, Africa and Asia on issues from medical care to tsunami relief to climate adaptation.

In broadcast television, Jared is a PROMAX award-nominated preditor with hundreds of on-air promos to his credit. Jared also produced segments featuring PLANET EARTH’s Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfied for the launch of BBC EARTH on BBC AMERICA. He produced & directed NACHOS FOR TWO – an on-the-road documentary following the critically acclaimed jam band Umphreys McGee. Jared is also a musician.

 

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