CORPORATION

CATEGORY

2014-Special Screening

CORPORATION

Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott

Canada, 2004, 147’

Editing: Jannifer Abbott
Producer: Mark Achbar, Bart Simpson
Music: Leonard J. Paul
Sound: Velcrow Ripper

Synopsis: One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today’s dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. In this complex and highly entertaining documentary, co-directors Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation’s increasing preeminence. Based on Joel Bakan’s book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. THE CORPORATION charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals, and recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.

Director Biography:
Mark Achbar is one of a wave of non-fiction feature filmmakers reaching large international audiences through mainstream theatres, TV, DVD, and the internet. He co-produced and co-directed the two most successful Canadian feature documentaries ever made: “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media” and “Corporation”. His films popularize radical critiques, win dozens of prestigious awards, and gross millions at the box-office.

Jennifer Abbott is a Canadian director and editor drawn to the power of film to explode cultural norms and inspire change in the world. She is one of the Directors and Editor of the widely acclaimed film The Corporation (www.thecorporation.com). Most recently, Abbott completed a feature screenplay with the National Film Board of Canada, Money and Other Love Stories, about one woman’s attempt to find her voice in a peak-everything, neo-con world. Nominated for Prix de Europa, she also worked with The Netherlands’ Submarine Channel to create the short film Brave New Minds for the multimedia project Unspeak, An Interactive Documentary Investigating the Manipulative Power of Language. She is the Executive Producer and Editor of I AM, the first documentary by Tom Shadyac (Liar Liar, Patch Adams, Bruce Almighty). A Cow at My Table, Abbott’s first feature documentary and recipient of 6 international awards, tracks the heated battle between animal rights activists and the meat industry. Other work includes the experimental short about interracial relationships Skinned shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and editing the documentaries Two Brides and a Scalpel: Diary of a Lesbian Marriage and Let It Ride: The Craig Kelly Story. She is the editor of the book Making Video ‘In’, has taught at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design and was the Programming Director of VIVO, Vancouver’s artist-run media centre. She lives with her family on a permaculture farm on a small Pacific island in British Columbia, Canada

Directors Filmography:
Mark Achbar:
“Blue Gold: World Water Wars”, directed by Sam Bozzo (2008)
“Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action”, directed by Velcrow Ripper (2008)
“Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space”, directed by Denis Delestrac (2009)
“Waterlife”, directed by Kevin McMahon (2009)
“Bananas: Poison in a Banana Republic”, directed by Fredrik Gertten (2009)
“Surviving Progress”, directed by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks (2011)
“Neurons To Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines”, directed by Oliver Hockenhull (2013)
“Marmato”, directed by Mark Grieco (2014)
“Fractured Land”, directed by Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis (in progress)

Janniffer Abbott
“A Cow at My Table“ directed by Janniffer Abbott (1998)
“The Corporation directed” by Janniffer Abbott (2003)
“I Am” directed by Tom Shadyac (2011)
“Let It Ride” directed by Jacques Russo (2006)
“Two Brides and a Scalpel: Diary of a Lesbian Marriage” directed by Mark Achbar (2000)

Web Site
http://www.thecorporation.com

Trailer
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa3wyaEe9vE

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