By Sahil Patel
Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen is teaming up with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock on a short film series to help people better understand the US economy.
Via Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Spurlock’s production and distribution house Cinelan, the duo will produce a series of three- to five-minute 20 short films focusing on topics like markets, money, globalization, inequality, and debt and credit. Not all of them will be documentaries, as some of the films could explain economic topics via scripted scenes and animation.
Some of the films will be written and/or directed by notable filmmakers including Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games”), Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”), Mary Harron (“American Psycho”), Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), and Spurlock himself. Vulcan and Cinelan are also bringing in a group of economic advisers to help the filmmakers vet information.
Produced over the next four months, the films will be distributed this fall online, as well as across various VOD, and mobile outlets. A related educational curriculum will be made available for schools and universities interested in screening and discussing the projects.
“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,” said Spurlock in a statement. “It’s an important opportunity to create something that will have a lasting footprint.”