American Dream, The Movie
An American Dream that works for the entire world.
For too long, we’ve accepted the short-sighted goals of a self-centered, materialist, “me first” culture that has resulted in record high inequality, depression, and environmental destruction. The campaign toward greater social and environmental consciousness enabled by American Dream the Movie is unprecedented in the scale of change it seeks to create in our shared world.
Director Joel McEwen sold nearly everything he owned and took to the road with a camera to talk with real Americans about their lives and what had become of the American dream. The film achieves what few films do: It explores a very personal, emotional, and complex problem—in this case, the very entwined relationship between Americans’ identification with success and happiness, and the unsustainable toll it takes on our spirits, our relationships, and our planet. And then it shows us how we can break free.
Within its narrative-documentary storytelling, the film’s style is often irreverent, even as it focuses on catalyzing revolutionary change among those many of us who have become caught up in a consumption-based society. This approach is as much as you would expect from the production team that brought you Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, the Oscar-winning Bowling For Columbine, and the Emmy-nominated program The Awful Truth, along with other films opposing corporate culture and consumerism such as The Yes Men Fix The World and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.
The spirit of the film is hopeful, progressive, and irrepressibly fun. As I’m sure you’ve experienced, movies are one of the very best mediums to bring people of different backgrounds and beliefs into a shared experience and, yes, change minds, even in our current, often divided, cultural climate.
American Dream the Movie is determined to incite the fullest possible shift in how we conceive of ourselves, and how we relate to one another and to the larger natural environment. We believe strongly that this film can provoke thoughts and behaviors to help restore our economy, our shared ecosystem, and our individual lives. Joel’s and the team’s commitment extends to an American Dream conference, a nationwide campaign to spark discussion, and an engaging classroom version of the documentary. We are asking you, along with others like you, to help redefine the dream with us, and make for a better shared reality.
The Biophilia Foundation has enabled Joel and his team to finish filming and begin editing. We need your help to fund post-production and distribution, including the production of an American Dream conference, a nationwide campaign to spark discussion, and an engaging classroom version of the documentary. (Link)
Kurt Engfehr—Co-producer and editor, Fahrenheit 9/11; Bowling for Columbine; Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
Elizabeth Marcus—Associate producer and assistant editor, Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine
Brian Singbiel—Lead editor, Bigger, Stronger, Faster!
Featuring interviews with Danny Glover; the late Howard Zinn; David Korten, author of “When Corporations Rule the World”; rapper Sage Francis, and more.