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The rise and fall of the American dream.
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  (in credits order)

Kaleil Isaza Tuzman ... Himself

Tom Herman ... Himself
Kenneth Austin ... Himself
Tricia Burke ... Herself
Roy Burston ... Himself
David Camp ... Himself
Dora Glottman ... Herself
Julian Herbstein ... Himself
Christina Ortez ... Herself
Jonathan Agus ... Himself (as Jonathan Agus)
Chieh Cheung ... Himself
Sean Coar ... Himself
Ambika Conroy ... Herself
Patrick Cromer ... Himself
Jerry Greenberg ... Himself
Richard Herman ... Himself
Susan Herman ... Herself
Tia Herman ... Herself
Bob Higgins ... Himself
Maynard Jackson ... Himself
Brian Locke ... Himself
Bryan Mundy ... Himself
Spyros Poulios ... Himself
Marvin Pritchett ... Himself
Robert Tisch ... Himself
Ani Tuzman ... Herself
Kathy Wylde ... Herself
Kristen Kimball ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Cavuto ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Hegedus 
Jehane Noujaim 
Produced by
Rebecca Ferris .... associate producer (as Rebecca Marshall)
Chris Hegedus .... executive producer
Jehane Noujaim .... executive producer
D.A. Pennebaker .... producer
Frazer Pennebaker .... executive producer
Edward Rugoff .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jehane Noujaim 
Film Editing by
Pedro Pablo Celedón 
Chris Hegedus 
Erez Laufer 
Jehane Noujaim 
Art Department
Jared Goldfeder .... property master
Sound Department
Chris Hegedus .... sound
Jacob Ribicoff .... sound editor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Doob .... additional video
Mona Eldaief .... additional video
Chris Hegedus .... additional video
D.A. Pennebaker .... additional video
Jojo Pennebaker .... additional video (as John Paul Pennebaker)
Andrew Sachs .... additional video
Rosadel Varela .... additional video
Editorial Department
David Gauff .... online editor
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Music Department
Sherief Elkatsha .... music consultant
Kit Pennebaker .... musical consultant
Other crew
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
Andrew Rossi .... consulting attorney (uncredited)

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Rated R for language
107 min | Argentina:105 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Great potential but killed by a lack of focus and vision from the makers, 25 February 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

At the time of the boom, Kaleil Tuzman and Tom Herman start up their own internet company seeking to offer a platform to enable activities carried out at the local Government level, such as the payment of parking tickets, applying for licenses and so on. We join them at the very start of this journey as they gather funding, grow the employee base and begin developing their product and compete for business and investment. However, in business as in life, things do not always go to plan.

I was quite looking forward to this film, not least because it was one of the documentaries screened as part of the ten year anniversary of the BBC's Storyville stable – Storyville being known for the quality of the documentaries. Secondly I did also think the film sounded fascinating on many levels due to the subject matter but also the amount of access it had to the top people in the company throughout the entire process. I'll get to what I think of the film in a minute but firstly let stress that my focus will be what I thought of the film and NOT simply personal views on the people. Reading reviews here, I was surprised by the number that said little on the film but seemed to be reviewing Kaleil and Tom – several with opinions and insinuations that I personally would call offensive at best, racist at worst.

Many have commented on the way Kaleil and Tom delivered (or failed to deliver) their product but again the concern for me as a viewer is how the makers of the film have failed to deliver. I'm not sure where the failing occurred but how it appears is that they thought the battle had been won simply because of their great access and that simply being there would be enough to make this fascinating viewing. They are wrong. I'm sure it must have been tough to edit the film down from two years into this running time but it feels like all they have done is cut together bits that are important, without really packaging it together or helping the audience understand anything beyond what we are seeing. As a result it really fails to portray much of value in regards business or the era – hell, even the closing captions seem brief and disinterested.

Without a focus from the makers we are left to find our own and of course we end up on the individuals of Kaleil and Tom. This makes the film more of a fly-on-the-wall reality TV show, relying on personal tensions etc to drive the story forward; but you know what? It isn't that good. Both men are interesting to a point but neither individually or together do they justify a film to share this with the world. It is a shame because the film is not terrible by any means but without any sort of focus and a real lack of vision from the makers, we are left with very little of interest to work with and annoyingly it becomes increasingly apparent as you watch.

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