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Blending tales of high-stakes corporate intrigue with working-class people caught in the crossfire, Braun paints a stirring picture of the American Dream gone wrong. For his work writing and directing the film, the International Documentary Association awarded Braun their Emerging Filmmaker of the Year. Devin Adair is founder of Adair Entertainment.
Burres and her two Norwegian partners operated a commercial production company, Brown Cow Pictures, that filmed internationally.
She has produced projects for ShowTime and Channel 4, and writes about cinema and television for a variety of outlets. Biltmore Films specializes in business and financial subjects. Read Indiewire 's Betting On Zero review. It's a hard news documentary. And its message is all the more visceral because this fight that riveted Wall Street in is not only real — it's still ongoing. Hours after Betting On Zero premiered at TriBeca Film Festival, where paid contractors distributed leaflets attempting to discredit the film, Herbalife launched an attack website.
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I would have loved for it to focus more on Herbalife itself and its victims. There's a decent amount of information about Herbalife which is nothing but despicable and a kind of sub-plot about a group of Latino immigrants who are trying to sue the company for taking advantage of their community.
There would probably be more than enough going on there to make for a decent documentary, but instead it focuses too much on the stereotypical "wolf of Wall Street" opportunist oh wait, my mistake,"activist investor" Bill Ackman and his bid to get rich er off of ruining Herbalife's stock.
It's clear to me that he's just a sociopath himself who doesn't really care about Herbalife's victims at all, but just sees a situation to exploit for his own financial gain. On one level, I get it. It makes for a very juicy story and everybody wants a "hero" to root for. However, I would rather that hero to have been the actual underdog here, Herbalife's victims.
I do think that there is a valuable lesson in the childish quibble between Ackman and his nemesis, fellow Wall Street scum Carl Icahn, about why using the stock market as an indicator of how the economy is doing is basically meaningless for the average person: It's well-made and will surely keep you entertained, but ultimately it feels hollow and left me hoping for a better documentary about MLM itself, not ego-measuring contests between reprehensible "activist investors".
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