American Casino
World Premiere

American Casino

| USA | 89 MINUTES | English
Female Director(s), Documentary

In December of 2000, congress passed the Commodities Futures Modernization Act, which called for less regulation on Wall Street and, according to a former director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, "freed Wall Street to essentially shoot itself in both feet." Eight years later, the US economy is crumbling, and trapped under its wreckage are the American homeowners and taxpayers.

Politicians love to talk about the disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street, but American Casino director Leslie Cockburn gets to the crux of the matter, eliciting candid revelations from defectors from Bear Stearns and Standard & Poor's and other high-level players in the subprime mortgage gamble. On the flipside, she gives a voice to the minority Americans on "Main Street"—a high school teacher, a therapist, a minister—who were the unwitting chips in this high-stakes game of chance. Scored to the tune of eloquent hip-hop numbers like "Foreclosure Song," created especially for the film, the filmmakers cruise past rows of freshly boarded-up homes in the mostly minority neighborhoods of Baltimore and Stockton, California. Here, foreclosure and property neglect have led to the spread of drugs, crime, and disease. And, lest we forget, Cockburn reminds us that it's the Main Street Americans who are now bailing out the financial institutions responsible for the fall.

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Leslie Cockburn and Leslie Cockburn

Leslie Cockburn (b. San Francisco) graduated from Yale University. She began her documentary film career in 1980 at CBS Reports. She directed and produced several films for PBS Frontline, including Inside the Cartels and The War We Left Behind. Her awards include the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the George Polk Award, the Columbia Dupont Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and the Emmy. In 1997, Ms. Cockburn coproduced The Peacemaker and has produced dozens of segments for 60 Minutes. She was a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton and lives in Washington, DC.

Andrew Cockburn, Leslie Cockburn
Associate Producer
Tao Ruspoli
Peter Eliscu
Leslie Cockburn
Music Supervisor
Susan Jacobs

Jennifer Hobdy
2114 Narcissus Court Venice, CA 90291
Phone: 424 228 5728
Print Source
Andrew Cockburn
Table Rock Films
3127 North Street NW Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202 342 9488
Press Contact
Jennifer Holiner
Fat Dot
89 Bedford Street, Ste. #1 New York, NY 10014
Phone: 212 691 4224
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Saturday, May 2, 2:00 pm
@Directors Guild Theater (110 West 57th Street)

After the Movie: Director Leslie Cockburn, producer Andrew Cockburn, NYU Stern School of Business Economics Professor and Chairman of RGE Monitor Nouriel Roubini, and Bloomberg News correspondent Mark Pittman as they delve further into the origins of the mortgage crisis and its continuing ramifications. Moderated by This American Life producer and contributing editor to NPR's Planet Money Alex Blumberg.


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