We The Economy

We The Economy

23 Episodes

Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan have partnered to produce WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss. Each film is helmed by an acclaimed filmmaker, each with their own creative vision. The series aims to drive awareness and establish a better understanding of the U.S. economy. Told through animation, comedy, musical, non-fiction, and scripted films, WE THE ECONOMY seeks to demystify a complicated topic while empowering the public to take control of their own economic futures.

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We The Economy
  • We The Economy: The Street

    Episode 1

    How does Wall Street influence the economy? On the heels of the financial crisis, Wall Street for some has become synonymous with corruption and greed. Director Joe Berlinger takes us to the epicenter of the financial world – the New York Stock Exchange – to learn how Wall Street really influence...

  • We The Economy: Amazing Animated Film on the Debt and the Deficit

    Episode 2

    In this free-wheeling animated film, you’ll see how Congress and public officials use and manage debt, and why it matters to you.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    Harold Moss as Narrator

    Crew:
    Harold Moss as Crew
    Philip Andrews as Crew
    Justin Cassano as Crew
    Mora...

  • We The Economy: City on the Rise

    Episode 3

    Detroit has been the poster child for the loss of well-paid manufacturing jobs, but this trend impacts communities all over the country. How does a great American city bounce back?

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:

    Crew:
    Philip Bloom as Crew
    Quinn Gibson as Crew
    ...

  • We The Economy: The Value of Work

    Episode 4

    In 2013, Seattle became ground zero for the heated national debate about increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour. "The Value of Work" gives voice to supporters and the opponents, including the mayor, an activist city councilwoman, small business owners, and minimum-wage workers affected by th...

  • We The Economy: Ebola Economy

    Episode 5

    The economic impact of a localized pandemic in a country with a large economy would wreak devistation gloabally. Director Morgan Spurlock takes on a tour of what 'if's' and the real implications of those scenarios in terms of the ecomony.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    ...

  • We The Economy: Foreign Aid Paradox

    Episode 6

    Why does the U.S. fund foreign aid? The U.S. spends approximately $37 billion dollars a year on foreign aid - just under 1% of our federal budget. The Foreign Aid Paradox zeroes in on food aid to Haiti and how it affects American farming and shipping interests as well as Haiti’s own agricultural ...

  • We The Economy: Supply Chain Reaction

    Episode 7

    What do human rights have to do with the economy? As consumers in a rapidly growing world economy, we have an insatiable appetite for the next greatest electronic gadget, like smartphones and TVs. But can we consume cheap imported products without exploiting someone in the supply chain?

    Countrie...

  • We The Economy: That Film About Money

    Episode 8

    What is the real value of a dollar? You think that a dollar bill is money and that banks are where your cash is stored and safeguarded. Well, you’re wrong. Like, really wrong.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    Anat Admati as
    Mridu Chandra as
    Barbara Garson as
    Sur...

  • We The Economy: The Second Part of That Film About Money

    Episode 9

    What do banks do with our deposits? You think that banks are where your cash is stored and safeguard and that a dollar bill is money. Well, you’re wrong. Like, really wrong.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    Anat Admati as
    Mridu Chandra as
    Barbara Garson as
    Sures...

  • We The Economy: Cave-O-Nomics

    Episode 10

    Meet Ugg, Glugg and Tugg, three enterprising cave men who accidentally invented trade, marketing and the base elements of the modern market economy.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    Morgan Spurlock as Narrator/Cast Member
    John Steele Gordon as Cast Member
    Judah Fri...

  • We The Economy: Monkey Business AKA Economic Inequality

    Episode 11

    What are the causes of inequality?In Monkey Business, filmmaker Shola Lynch chats with economists from across the political spectrum to help explain the causes of economic inequality, with help from a couple of mammalian friends.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    Ga...

  • We The Economy: The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas

    Episode 12

    In a magical land inhabited by long lashed, multi-colored Alpacas who love lollipops, rainbows and friendship, there's a yawning divide in wealth distribution ... what's behind the inequality gap?

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    Billy Eichner as Lollipop
    Amy Poehl...

  • We The Economy: This Won't Hurt A Bit

    Episode 13

    "This Won't Hurt a Bit" is a short film that tells the all too familiar tale of American healthcare. A patient enters a hospital with a migraine headache, unaware of the costs his visit will incur on the path to a diagnosis. He learns much more than he bargained for in this comedy on unaffordable...

  • We The Economy: Recession

    Episode 14

    What causes a recession? Choreographed by Pilobolus dance company and narrated by economic historian John Steele Gordon, Lee Hirsch’s “Recession” mounts an entertaining and educational look at what causes an economic recession and how recovery is stimulated.

    Countries: United States of America

    ...

  • We The Economy: Fed Head

    Episode 15

    When Federal Reserve Chairman Rob Rafaelson awakes with amnesia only moments before a big press conference, his children, maid and intern must explain the Fed to him using the only thing handy: the children’s toys.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    Michael Gladis as...

  • We The Economy: Taxation Nation

    Episode 16

    Why is our tax system so complicated? Teachers have long relied on educational cartoons with catchy songs to simplify everything from grammar to government. Can a cartoon conquer a challenge like today’s tax system, with its ever-changing, 75,000 pages of laws? With retro flair, "Taxation Nation"...

  • We The Economy: Globalization...Who Cares?...You do

    Episode 17

    What does it mean to have a globalized economy? And is it good for us? Bob Balaban wrangles seven experts to break it all down as a troupe of comedic actors enliven the commentary.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    Susie Essman as Mom
    Jimmy Palumbo as Dad
    Marylouise...

  • We The Economy: Your Tax Dollars at Work

    Episode 18

    Uncle Sam takes a cut of our earnings every April. But what does he spend our hard-earned money on? The answers will truly surprise you in this vérité odyssey.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:

    Crew:
    Paul G. Allen as Producer
    David Sosnow as Crew
    Gary Griffin as ...

  • We The Economy: Lemonade War

    Episode 19

    How does Government regulate the economy? In an idyllic suburban neighborhood, Jerry (Patton Oswalt) runs his big business lemonade stand and has the market cornered - until ten-year-old Addie (Taylor Buck) opens her own stand across the street. Competition equals war, and both sides use - and ab...

  • We The Economy: A Bee's Invoice: The Hidden Value in Nature

    Episode 20

    Why should nature be taken into account when looking at the economy as a whole? A Bee's Invoice uncovers and incorporates the hidden value of natural capital in the measurement of our economy.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    Adrian Grenier as
    Gernot Wagner as
    Jo...

  • We The Economy: GDP Smackdown

    Episode 21

    Two economists settle their differences - in the professional wrestling ring. Watch and cheer as John Maynard Keynes & Friedrich Hayek square off in a testosterone-fueled battle over how to measure the economy.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    M.Joseph Meehan as T...

  • We The Economy: Supply & Dance, Man!

    Episode 22

    A whimsical tale of love, dance and the economic concept of supply and demand. Bored in class, Jonathan and Kristin are woken up by our friendly narrator who helps guide them on an adventure in economics and... um... dance.

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    Melinda ...

  • We The Economy: Made by China in America

    Episode 23

    Is China’s boom good for our economy? China is often portrayed as America’s greatest economic competitor and even accused of not playing fair. But is it possible they could be a key ally in U.S. economic development?

    Countries: United States of America

    Languages: English

    Cast:
    Nicholas R. Lar...