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Unmuddied Waters: Rothstein Exposes How Financial Loopholes Conned The World

The stock market’s vitality affects almost every aspect of everyday life, potentially changing national economies seemingly overnight. After the 2008 housing market crash, investment of China-based firms through American stock exchanges skyrocketed into a multibillion dollar industry, altering the contemporary financial landscape. However, while prominent voices from all sides debate free market ideals against regulatory oversight, business executive and entrepreneur Dan David plainly states, “there are no heroes in this story”. Jed Rothstein (Killing in the Name) documents David and his team exposing the massive international fraud of Chinese companies… Read the rest

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The China Hustle Movie Review

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The China Hustle Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Jed Rothstein Screenwriter: Jed Rothstein Cast: Dan David, Matthew Wiechert, Carson Block, James Chanos, Soren Aandahl, Maj Soueidnn Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 1/23/18 Opens: March 30, 2018 History has judged capitalism to be the winner. With the exception of a handful of countries—Venezuela, North […]

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Cph:dox unveils 200-film programme and focuses on science, social experiments

Musicians The xx presents a curated programme; festival hosts world premieres of new films by Andreas Dalsgaard and Iris Zaki.

Cph:Dox will offer more than 200 films during its 15th event, which runs March 15-25.

In its five competitions (full list below), world premieres include Woman In Sink director Iris Zaki’s new film Unsettling, about Jewish setllers in the West Bank; The War Show director Andreas Dalsgaard’s The Great Game, about a man trying to find out if his grandfather was a spy; Emma Davie & Peter Mettler’s Becoming Animal, about how our relationship with nature has evolved; and Elissa Mirzaei & Gulistan Mirzaei’s Laila at the Bridge, about an Afghan woman trying to save heroin addicts in Kabul.

Highlights also include a specially curated programme by The xx; a focus on justice (films will include Pre-Crime, Recruiting for Jihad and The Congo Tribunal); and a film programme and art exhibition dedicated to social experiments (with films
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Official Trailer for Wall Street Fraud Documentary 'The China Hustle'

"This was simply too good to be true." Magnolia Pictures has debuted the official trailer for Jed Rothstein's documentary The China Hustle, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and the Palm Springs Film Festival. The film investigates a "massive web of fraud" on Wall Street involving high-return investments in China. Even though you think you've heard of all the financial scams, there's apparently another one and this doc looks into that. "An unsettling and eye-opening Wall Street horror story about Chinese companies, the American stock market, and the opportunistic greed behind the biggest heist you've never heard of." And once you've seen this, you will definitely have heard of it and now the big question becomes - what do we do about it? How do we stop it? I'm curious to see this doc, but afraid it's going to make me upset. Take a look. Here's the official
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Fascinating Trailer For The China Hustle Tells The Story of The Biggest Wall Street Heist That's Still Playing Out

Here's a trailer for a documentary called The China Hustle that tells the true story about “the biggest heist you’ve never heard of." The doc comes from the same guys who brought us Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and it dives into the details of the fraud being committed by businesses in China as they lie to investors who are throwing tons of money into companies who are falsifying their records.

This is actually pretty insane, and the fact that it's still currently happening is scary! These business practices and events could seriously cripple our financial system. This synopsis and trailer can fill you in a little better on what exactly is happening.

From the producers of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room comes a Wall Street heist story about a still-unfolding financial crime so big, it has the power to affect all of our wallets.
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‘The China Hustle’ Trailer: Hold Onto Your Wallet, Capitalism Comes Crashing Down

If you thought the real estate collapse and the ensuing financial crisis got Wall Street to wise up, guess again. Bankers are still rolling the dice on high risk investments, looking for a big pay day and yet another scandal is exposed in the documentary, “The China Hustle.”

Directed by Jed Rothstein, and produced by Stacey Offman, Alex Gibney and Frank Marshall, the film dives into yet another tale of a too-good-to-be-true investment that turns out to be hollow inside.

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Film News Roundup: Russo Brothers Partner With Slamdance for Fellowship (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Russo Brothers Partner With Slamdance for Fellowship (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, the Russo brothers are launching a Slamdance fellowship, Magnolia buys “The China Hustle,” and Bryan Singer is producing and possibly directing “The Anomaly.”

Slamdance Fellowship

The directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo are launching the Russo Brothers Fellowship, to be presented to a Slamdance filmmaker at January’s Slamdance Film Festival.

The brothers will select one filmmaker, who will receive a $25,000 prize consisting of filmmaker support, an office at their new Los Angeles-based studio, mentoring from the duo, and a cash stipend for one year. The Russos’ new studio is in the downtown art district and has been developed with the goal of empowering and cultivating filmmakers.

“We’re very proud to partner with Slamdance,” said Anthony and Joe Russo. “Having begun our careers at this festival, we’re honored to partner with such a great organization, and to foster and support young filmmakers while creating a platform for new
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Magnolia Nabs Financial Crisis Docu ‘The China Hustle’

Magnolia Pictures has picked up the worldwide distribution rights to Jed Rothstein's documentary The China Hustle, which has its world premiere at this years Toronto Film Festival. The company is aiming at an early 2018 release. The doc centers on the 2008 financial crisis, when investors on the fringes of the financial world feverishly sought new alternatives for high-return investments in the global markets. With Chinese indexes demonstrating explosive growth, the…
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'The China Hustle': Film Review | Tiff 2017

'The China Hustle': Film Review | Tiff 2017
Not that America's ever likely to have a government willing to do it, but remind me again why we can't just seize the assets of the entire banker/broker/speculator class and sentence them all to lifetimes teaching math in public schools? Docs like Jed Rothstein's excellent The China Hustle present us with such frequent occasions for outrage that, in the interest of fairness, it's time for a few top documentarians to assemble a five-minute disclaimer to run in front of each new exposé. Call it Bankers: Why the World Needs Some of Them, Only Not Nearly So Many, and Not Nearly...
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The China Hustle’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The China Hustle’
Should Hollywood be in the market for a sequel to “The Big Short,” the continued misbehavior of a corrupt and poorly regulated financial system have provided one. In the wake of the 2008 recession, some investors looking to recoup their losses from the subprime mortgage crisis traded one fraud for another, turning the inflated value of China’s economic boom into another bubble destined to be popped. Jed Rothstein’s wildly entertaining documentary “The China Hustle” blows the lid off another multibillion-dollar heist built on complex financial instruments and a whole lot of smoke and mirrors. Though it resembles the docu-journalism of Alex Gibney films like “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” — Gibney serves as executive producer here, in fact — Rothstein’s irreverent, can-you-believe-this sense of humor makes the anti-capitalist message go down even easier.

With Gibney, Frank Marshall, and the 2929 Entertainment team of Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner on board, “The China Hustle
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Toronto Documentary ‘China Hustle’ Probes Financial Misdeeds, Swipes at Alibaba

Toronto Documentary ‘China Hustle’ Probes Financial Misdeeds, Swipes at Alibaba
The China Hustle,” a feature documentary that premiered at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival on Friday, suggests that e-commerce and entertainment giant Alibaba is ripe for investigation alongside smaller Chinese companies accused of deceiving investors and regulators.

The film appears to tar Alibaba with the same brush as a number of smaller Chinese firms that the film says deliberately inflated their earnings, lied to investors about their business scale, and listed their shares on U.S. stock exchanges through a dubious method known as a reverse merger or reverse takeover. Their actions endanger pensions, investment funds and the financial system, the film says.

The China Hustle” is directed by issues-driven multihyphenate Jed Rothstein, whose short “Killing in the Name” was Oscar-nominated in 2011. The film’s production houses include the pedigreed Kennedy/Marshall Company, and Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Prods.; executive producers include Cuban, Wagner, Frank Marshall and campaigning documentary veteran Alex Gibney, whose
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Toronto ‘17: Docs Feature Stories of Boundary Breakers

Toronto ‘17: Docs Feature Stories of Boundary Breakers
By Thom Powers

“Resistance is a key theme in this year’s documentaries,” said Tiff Docs Programmer Thom Powers. “We pay witness to rebels challenging the status quo in art, politics, sexuality, religion, fashion, sports and entertainment. They speak powerfully to our times as audiences seek inspirations for battling powerful and corrupt systems.”

Tiff’s 2017 documentary lineup goes deep into the lives of boundary-pushing characters — Grace Jones, Jim Carrey, Jane Goodall, and Eric Clapton, to name only a few of the most famous. But the celebrity factor isn’t enough to make a great film. What sets these docs apart is their directors’ ability to a bring fresh perspective.

Azmaish: A Journey through the SubcontinentBoom For Real The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Then there are figures whose names you may not recognize, but they become unforgettable after you see them on screen. They include Scotty Bowers, who was
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Tiff 2017. Lineup

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ThelmaA selection of films from the 2017 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with new films by Sebastián Lelio, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Darren Aronofsky, Greta Gerwig, Guillermo Del Toro, Joachim Trier, Wim Wenders, and many more.Special PRESENTATIONSOpening Night: Ladybird (Greta Gerwig)Closing Night: Sheikh Jackson (Amr Salama)Battle of the Sexes (Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton)Bpm (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)The Brawler (Anurag Kashyap)The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)Catch the Wind (Gaël Morel)The Children Act (Richard Eyre)The Current War (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)Disobedience (Sebastián Lelio)Downsizing (Alexander Payne)A Fantastic Woman (Sebastián Lelio)First They Killed My Father (Angelina Jolie)The Guardians (Xavier Beauvois)Hostiles (Scott Cooper)The Hungry (Bornila Chatterjee)I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie)Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)Novitiate (Maggie Betts)Omerta (Hansal Mehta)Plonger (Mélanie Laurent)The Price of Success (Teddy Lussi-Modeste)Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
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First Look at ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ and Tiff 2017’s Midnight Madness & Docs Lineup

Following an initial round of premieres and the announcement that Borg vs. McEnroe will open Toronto International Film Festival 2017, they’ve now announced their lineup for Midnight Madness and Documentaries. Leading the pack of our most-anticipated among midnight tiles is Brawl in Cell Block 99, which is S. Craig Zahler’s follow-up to Bone Tomahawk and will premiere at Venice beforehand. There’s also the latest film from Joseph Kahn, Bodied, which will open the sidebar, and the first trailer has landed.

On the documentary side, there is Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris – The New York Public Library, as well as new films from Morgan Spurlock, Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck), and more. Check out the new additions below, along with images and trailers where available.

Midnight Madness

Midnight Madness Opening Film

Bodied Joseph Kahn, USA

World Premiere

Our #TIFF17 Midnight Madness Opening Night Film is @JosephKahn’s Bodied,
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10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars

10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars
The race always begins at Sundance, but the Toronto International Film Festival documentary lineup will impact the list of Oscar contenders — and this year, without clear frontrunners, Tiff’s influence will be greater than ever.

Every year, Thom Powers leads the Tiff documentary programmers through an enormous number of submissions to cull 22 selections. “It never gets any easier to make those decisions,” said Powers, who also programs influential November festival Doc NYC. “This year we’re going to see a greater range of different documentaries spread across the fall festivals, instead of a cluster of films that moves from festival to festival. More films will get more opportunities at the festivals this fall.”

Here’s a list of 10 must-sees for Tiff 2017 with potential to shake up the awards race.

1. “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”: Morgan Spurlock’s under-the-radar sequel to his 2005 Oscar nominee focuses on the new craze
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10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars

10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars
The race always begins at Sundance, but the Toronto International Film Festival documentary lineup will impact the list of Oscar contenders — and this year, without clear frontrunners, Tiff’s influence will be greater than ever.

Every year, Thom Powers leads the Tiff documentary programmers through an enormous number of submissions to cull 22 selections. “It never gets any easier to make those decisions,” said Powers, who also programs influential November festival Doc NYC. “This year we’re going to see a greater range of different documentaries spread across the fall festivals, instead of a cluster of films that moves from festival to festival. More films will get more opportunities at the festivals this fall.”

Here’s a list of 10 must-sees for Tiff 2017 with potential to shake up the awards race.

1. “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”: Morgan Spurlock’s under-the-radar sequel to his 2005 Oscar nominee focuses on the new craze
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James Franco’s ‘Disaster Artist,’ ‘Super Size Me 2’ Among Films Added to TIFF Lineup

James Franco’s ‘Disaster Artist,’ ‘Super Size Me 2’ Among Films Added to TIFF Lineup
The Toronto International Film Festival will premiere James Franco’s comedy-drama “The Disaster Artist” as part of its Midnight Madness section of genre titles.

The Disaster Artist” screened in March as a work in progress at South by Southwest, where it received a standing ovation. Critics were impressed with Franco’s performance as Tommy Wiseau in the film about the making of Wiseau’s 2003 so-bad-that-it’s-good film “The Room.” A24 and New Line have given the film an awards-season Dec. 1 release.

The 10-film Midnight Madness section also includes “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Carpenter; the world premiere of Brian Taylor’s “Mom and Dad,” starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair; Seth Smith’s “The Crescent”; Ryuhei Kitamura’s action thriller “Downrange”; and U.K. director David Bruckner’s “The Ritual,” with Rafe Spall and Robert James-Collier.

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Toronto second wave includes 'Super Size Me 2', 'Disaster Artist'

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Toronto second wave includes 'Super Size Me 2', 'Disaster Artist'
Morgan Spurlock re-engages with the food industry, James Franco digs into the ‘worst film ever made’.

Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) unveiled on Tuesday selections in the Tiff Docs, Midnight Madness, and Short Cuts programmes.

The Canadian titles that are part of this year’s programme will be announced on August 9. The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival is scheduled to run from September 7-17 and will open with Borg/McEnroe.

Tiff Docs

The world premiere of Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! joins a marquee Tiff Docs roster from renowned filmmakers that opens with Sophie FiennesGrace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami.

Selections include Brett Morgen’s profile of primatologist Jane Goodall in Jane; the story of three Hasidic Jews who attempt to join the secular world in One Of Us by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; Violeta Ayala’s Bolivian drug trade film Cocaine Prison; and Emmanuel Gras’ closing film Makala
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Tiff Announces Midnight Madness and Documentaries Slate, Including ‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘Super Size Me’ Sequel, and More

Tiff Announces Midnight Madness and Documentaries Slate, Including ‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘Super Size Me’ Sequel, and More
They are two of the Toronto International Film Festival’s wildest sections — for very different reasons — and this year’s slate of both Midnight Madness and Documentary offerings appear to signal another strong lineup for the festival. Thrills, chills, terror, and scares await movie-goers, all care of unbelievable real-life stories and slightly less true tales for genre fans of all stripes.

This year’s Midnight Madness section will open with Joseph Kahn’s provocative World Premiere of “Bodied,” and also offers up the World Premiere of “The Disaster Artist,” directed by James Franco and based on the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult film, “The Room.” (The film previously screened as a work-in-progress at SXSW.)

Read MoreTIFF Reveals First Slate of 2017 Titles, Including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name

In his first year as programmer, Peter Kuplowsky is also welcoming back several fest alumni, including David Bruckner,
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Julian Assange on Raindance jury

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WikiLeaks founder to judge films at the 21st Raindance Film Festival; 2013 line-up unveiled.Scroll down for full line-up of films

Julian Assange has joined the jury of the 21st Raindance Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 6), a London-based event that celebrates independent film in the UK and around the world.

The appointment is a controversial one. The Australian editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about sexual assault allegations.

It is understood that he fears Sweden would extradite him to the Us, where he believes he is wanted in relation to WikiLeaks’ disclosure of a significant amount of classified Us military and diplomatic documents.

Commenting on Assange’s appointment, Raindance founder Elliot Grove said: “Every year Raindance invites interesting people to join our jury. In the past we have had musicians like Mick Jones, Marky Ramone and [link
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