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DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

BETTING ON ZERO

Directed by Ted Braun
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 98 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE BETTING ON ZERO
Allegations of corporate criminality and Wall Street vendettas swirl throughout this riveting financial docu-thriller. Controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman is on a crusade to expose global nutritional giant Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history. He argues the company targets working class Latino communities with a ‘business opportunity’ that is nothing more than a scheme. Meanwhile, Herbalife execs defend their product as a genuine opportunity, and accuse Ackman of being an unadorned market manipulator out to bankrupt them in order to make a killing off his billion dollar short position against the company. Amidst the heated rhetoric on both sides, who has the moral standing?

Ted Braun’s (Darfur Now) documentary presents a high-stakes chess game between the corporation and the individual that moves between the ethically fluid world of high finance to the personal grounds where the battle plays out with startling immediacy. Probing themes of fraud and greed, Betting on Zero is an engrossing deep dive into the moral complexities raised when astronomical sums of money—and no less than the American Dream itself—are on the line.

—Cara Cusumano
Documentary
About the Director(s)
Braun's film Darfur Now won the NAACP Image Award for best documentary of 2007 and was named one of 2007’s top five documentaries by the National Board of Review. Braun graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Amherst College.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2016
  • Length:
    98 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Ted Braun
  • Screenwriter:
    Ted Braun
  • Producer:
    Glen Zipper, Devin Adair
  • Editor:
    Leonard Feinstein
  • Cinematographer:
    Buddy Squires
  • Composer:
    Pete Anthony
  • Executive Producer:
    Sonya Burres
  • Cast:
    Bill Ackman, Michael O. Johnson, Julie Contreras, Julio Ulloa, Zac Kirby, Douglas Brooks.

Contacts
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    John Sloss
    Cinetic
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 212 204 7979
    sales@cineticmedia.com
  • International Sales Contact
    John Sloss
    Cinetic
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 212 204 7979
    sales@cineticmedia.com
  • Press Contact
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    Sunshine Sachs
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  • Print Source
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    DIGITAL SANDBOX, LLC
    Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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