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Short Film Series
Partner: American Express

Directed by Academy Award®-nominated filmmakers Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), and Gini Reticker (Pray the Devil Back to Hell), the series highlights remarkable individuals who are transforming the American business landscape and making a notable impact on their communities

BRAND: American Express
FORMAT: 3, 22 min shorts
DISTRIBUTION: The films lived on various cable on-demand platforms and were rolled out on AmEx's digital channels.

A DREAM PREFERRED
*Vimeo Staff Pick
The future of Taharka Brothers, purveyors of ice cream and social change, hinges on the success of a crowdfunding campaign. Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing take us behind the scenes in a fun, yet poignant portrayal of young men from Baltimore’s toughest neighborhoods as they struggle with entrepreneurship, sharpen their business strategy, and inspire their community.
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Directors: Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady

THE DOWNTOWN PROJECT
Far from the bright lights and the resounding ka-ching of booming commerce on the Vegas strip, there’s another side of Sin City. Downtown Vegas prides itself on hard work and the development of local businesses to inspire a growing entrepreneurial spirit within the community. A local initiative known as The Downtown Project champions small businesses by partnering with owners to make dreams happen and to bring a community out of the shadows.
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Director: Morgan Spurlock

BUFFALO RETURNS
In the face of a powerful recession, crippling unemployment and a housing crisis, a small, creative and energetic band of Native American businesspeople, with the help of the buffalo, rebuild their community through a growing business: Native American Natural Foods, the company behind Tanka energy bars. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Gini Reticker weaves together beautiful imagery set to the pulse of the Sioux Nation to carefully tell the story of two entrepreneurs who use tradition and ingenuity to bring opportunity and hope to the people on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
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Director: Gini Reticker