17 items from 2011
Chicago – What Errol Morris does so well is very, very difficult. He takes unusual interview subjects (“Fast, Cheap, & Out of Control,” “Mr. Death), sometimes even with a political background (“The Fog of War,” “Standard Operating Procedure”) and makes them completely riveting. Clearly inspired by the Morris filmography, Jeff Prosserman’s “Chasing Madoff” attempts that blend of personality and history but falls flat on its face. Rarely has a documentary taken a more interesting story and told it in a more annoying manner.
Chronicling the men who smelled something foul in the Bernie Madoff portfolio years before anyone paid attention to what would eventually become one of the stinkiest situations in the economic downfall, “Chasing Madoff” has interesting interview subjects at its core. I’d love to actually be able to sit down and listen to what they did without all the over-dramatization of this movie. I’m not sure »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
By now, you may feel you know everything you need to — and maybe more than you want to — about Bernie Madoff and his greedy, sociopathic, evilly brilliant Ponzi scheme of an investment business. But the riveting new documentary Chasing Madoff doesn’t just rehash the depressing details of how Madoff bilked thousands of innocents out of their savings. Instead, the director, Jeff Prosserman, looks at the underlying question that haunted the Madoff scandal. Namely, how did he fool everyone for so long? The answer turns out to be: He didn’t.
Borrowing the graphic visual techniques and first-person into-the-camera flavor of Errol Morris (whose films, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Most of the world was rightly stunned and horrified when the actions of investor Bernard Madoff became public. The terrific new documentary by Jeff Prosserman, Chasing Madoff based on the book by Harry Markopolos, reminds us that not all the billions of dollars that Madoff swindled came from faceless firms and corporations-real human beings lost their life savings. And the real tragedy is that he could have been stopped nearly ten years before he was arrested. Aspects of this true story could not have been dreamed up by the most imaginative screenwriter.
The real focus of this work is Harry Markopolos. In the late nineties he was part of the Rampart investment firm of Boston. His boss, Frank Casey, wanted to attract the clients of a noted French businessman, Rene’-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet. Magon said he only invested with an individual he would not name. Some research revealed »
- Jim Batts
Following scans of the documentary lineups for the upcoming Toronto and New York film festivals, let's glance at a few docs in theaters right now. Melissa Anderson in the Voice: "Inspired by a 2008 New York Times Magazine article by Alex Kotlowitz, Steve James's commanding documentary The Interrupters, about 'violence interrupters' in Chicago, who intervene in conflicts before they escalate into gunshots, unfolds as deeply reported journalism. Much like Hoop Dreams (1994), James's in-depth examination of the athletic aspirations of two African-American high school students, The Interrupters reminds us of the powers and pleasures of well-crafted, immersive nonfiction filmmaking — a genre vitiated within the past five years by a glut of cruddy-looking, poorly researched and argued titles."
The Interrupters has left New York [no, it hasn't! It's at the IFC Center through Tuesday — thanks, Thor!], but its cross-country tour extends into November. It opened last week in the UK, where more than a few reviewers noted the film's relevance to the recent London »
Jeff Prosserman’s documentary “Chasing Madoff” has been garnering praise after premiering at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam last November. Below producer, writer, director Prosserman shares a scene from his film (based on the New York Times best-seller “No One Would Listen” by Harry Markopolos) and reveals part of his process. The film hits select theaters this Friday, August 26. The Film When the Bernard Madoff scandal broke in December »
This week, a teaser trailer for Daniel Nettheim‘s The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe, hit the web. The Tiff-bound film is based on a novel from Julia Leigh, who made her own film debut this year with the Emily Browning-starring Sleeping Beauty. A pair of scribes — Alice Addison and Wain Fimeri — are credited with adapting Leigh‘s literary work. Though it’s flown mostly under-the-rader until now, The Hunter looks like it could spark some intrigue when it debuts at Toronto. Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor will share the screen with Dafoe. A look at the film’s poster can be found below. [Imp Awards]
We also have the poster for Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, a biographical look at the life French pop star Serge Gainsbourg that has received some healthy early reviews. The film has Joann Sfar‘s name written all over it — not only is he the writer-director, »
- Danny King
Premiering on August 26 in limited release, the indie documentary Chasing Madoff follows Harry Markopolos' decade-long effort to expose the infamous Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme. The documentary is based on Markopolos's book No One Would Listen, a New York Times bestseller that follows his attempts to alert the SEC to the Madoff scheme starting in 2000-- eight years before the crooked financier turned himself in. When the book came out in 2009 Markopolos did an interview with The New York Times and expressed blunt frustration with the SEC for ignoring him, claiming they "weren't even asleep at the switch; they were comatose." He also said that major studios had contacted him about adapting his book into a film, but it seems director Jeff Prosserman has beaten them all to the punch by turning the story into a documentary instead. If you want to know more about Markopolos and his »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Balls + Heart: Director Stephen Reedy In One Minute Or Your Money Back Trailer If nothing else, it's worth it to see Shia Labeouf drop a little profanity. »
- Christopher Stipp
Bernie Madoff screwed a lot of people out of a lot of money, and while making a documentary about him isn't quite as bad as making Chapter 27 about Mark David Chapman, it's always kind of a touchy subject when you make a documentary about the exploits of criminal. How do you chronicle their wrongs without giving them additional attention or, in a way, glorifying what they did by putting it in a medium that many associate with fame and celebrity? It's a delicate line, and one that Jeff Prosserman has to walk in his documentary Chasing Madoff, a documentary about the struggle of whistleblower Harry Markopolos in exposing the Madoff scandal and bringing everything to light.
Today, the trailer for the film debuted at HuffingtonPost.com, check it out below.
- Lex Walker
After the poster premiere yesterday, Cohen Media Group has released the first official trailer for Chasing Madoff.
Here’s the synopsis for Chasing Madoff:
Chasing Madoff is the compelling story of Harry Markopolos and his team of investigator’s ten-year struggle to expose the harrowing truth behind the infamous Madoff scandal. Throughout the decade long investigation, Markopolos pieced together a chain of white-collar predators consisting of bankers, lieutenants, and henchmen, all linked to the devastating Ponzi scheme. With risk and danger apparent, Markopolos and his loyal team relentlessly continued to pursue the frightening truth. Finding himself trapped in a web of epic deceit, the once unassuming Boston securities analyst turned vigilante investigator now feared for his life and the safety of his family, »
- Allan Ford
Last year "Inside Job" and "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" were among the documentaries to tackle the 2008 financial crisis. The latest to join the pack? Jeff Prosserman's "Chasing Madoff," which hits theaters on August 26. Based on the New York Times best seller "No One Would Listen" by Harry Markopolos, "Chasing Madoff" follows the real-life struggle whistleblower Markopolus faced in his mission to expose the »
Today a new poster for the upcoming documentary film Chasing Madoff, which highlights the ten-year struggle to expose the truth behind the infamous Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal, has been released.
Chasing Madoff is the compelling story of Harry Markopolos and his team of investigator’s ten-year struggle to expose the harrowing truth behind the infamous Madoff scandal. Throughout the decade long investigation, Markopolos pieced together a chain of white-collar predators consisting of bankers, lieutenants, and henchmen, all linked to the devastating Ponzi scheme. With risk and danger apparent, Markopolos and his loyal team relentlessly continued to pursue the frightening truth. Finding himself trapped in a web of epic deceit, the once unassuming Boston securities analyst turned vigilante investigator now feared for his life and the safety of his family, as he discovered no one would listen.
The film is produced, written and directed by Jeff Prosserman, based on the New »
- Allan Ford
One of the interesting things to come of the financial crisis sweeping the globe is how quickly films about said crisis are emerging. It's an odd side effect of the times that documentarians have got plenty of material to pour over and are producing an unprecedented amount of quality films examining every sector of the crisis. Obviously it's a bit strange to call this a silver lining, but it is a good time to be a documentary filmmaker and an even better time to be a fan of documentary films. This Fall sees the release of Jeff Prosserman's documentary Chasing Madoff, based on Harry Markopolos' bestselling New York Times book No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller, and Movies.com is pleased to be able to give you your first look at the...
Directed by Jeff Prosserman
2011, USA/Canada, 90 mins.
Here are three facts that, taken together, recommend this film. One: Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme bilked investors to the tune of billions. Two: in 1999, it took trader Harry Markopolos about five minutes to uncover the fraud and begin reporting Madoff to the Security and Exchange Commission. Three: the SEC did nothing, and Madoff was not arrested until 2008.
This is a film about Harry Markopolos more than it is a film about Madoff. It is the documentary equivalent of a thriller, made resonant by truth. Markopolos and his team, Frank Casey and Neil Chelo, don’t set out prove a fraud – rather, they stumble into it after trying to compete with Madoff and realizing that his profits are impossible. It is these three men – though primarily Markopolos – who tell the story, which director Jeff Prosserman edits together at a quick clip. »
- Dave Robson
Filed under: Documentaries, Moviefone Canada
It took all of five minutes for financial analyst Harry Markopolos to uncover Bernie Madoff's $18 billion Ponzi scheme ... and 10 years for the justice system to finally bring Madoff down.
That mystifying, infuriating disconnect is at the center of 'Chasing Madoff,' a documentary by director Jeff Prosserman, which has its North American premiere at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Tuesday, May 10.
Based on Markopolos's bestseller 'No One Would Listen,' the film unfolds the saga through the author's eyes, as he and a handful of colleagues work tirelessly to expose the fraud while their findings fall on deaf ears -- both in the media and at the Securities and Exchange Commission headquarters.
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- Rick Mele
The Cohen Media Group has announced that it has acquired all Us rights to Jeff Prosserman's "Chasing Madoff." E1 is handling the film in Canada. The full release follows... Cohen Media Group Acquires Jeff Prosserman’S Riveting Documentary “Chasing Madoff” New York, NY (Thursday, April 14, 2011) – Charles S. Cohen, Founder and President of Cohen Media Group, announced today their acquisition of Jeff Prosserman’s documentary “Chasing Madoff” based on the »
Cohen Media Group has acquired the documentary "Chasing Madoff." Jeff Prosserman directed the movie, which is based on the New York Times bestseller "No One Would Listen," by Harry Markopolos. Also Read: Bernard Madoff Gets 150 Year Sentence Markopolos is a financial fraud investigator who spent nearly a decade uncovering evidence against Bernard Madoff, who built the largest ponzi scheme in American history. "Throughout the decade long investigation, Markopolos pieced together a chain of white-collar predators consisting of international bankers, lieutenants and henchmen, all linked to the devastating ponzi scheme," according to a Cohen »
- Joshua L. Weinstein
17 items from 2011
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