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The Economy

Everyone’s talking about it, but who can explain it?

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.

A panel of top economic experts including academics, analysts, journalists, and historians helped identify 20 key topics about the U.S. economy that every American should understand. Those and other economic advisors then worked with our filmmakers to shape the topics into 5-8 minute films that answer the questions:

  • What is the Economy?
  • What is Money?
  • What is the Role of our Government in the Economy?
  • What is Globalization?
  • What Causes Inequality?

In the current economic climate, the need for citizens to be engaged and informed is greater than ever. Distributed digitally, across multiple platforms and in theaters, WE THE ECONOMY will do both... and best of all: it’s available everywhere, to everyone.

Vulcan Productions

Founded by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen, Vulcan Productions produces compelling series, specials, features and digital content and creates outreach initiatives designed to explore critical issues and inspire people to take action. Vulcan Productions is committed to projects of significance that ignite progress and motivate audiences to have measurable impact on the world. Its projects have won numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Emmy Award, the Grammy Award, and the Wildscreen Panda Award. Acclaimed films and series from the documentary group include Pandora’s Promise, Girl Rising, Success at the Core, Hard Candy and The Blues.


Cinelan produces and distributes award-winning film programs that influence audiences by fulfilling the fundamental human desire to experience a good story. Cinelan recently completed FOCUS FORWARD - Short Films, Big Ideas, an award winning series of thirty 3-minute films that reached audiences around the globe with over 140 screening events across all seven continents and over 75 million film-views from 150+ countries online. Founding partners are Morgan Spurlock, Damon Smith, David Laks, Douglas Dicconson, Jack Myers and Karol Martesko-Fenster.

Program Credits

Vulcan Productions

(Executive Producers) Paul G. Allen, Jody Allen, (Co-Executive Producers) Carole Tomko, Jody Gottlieb, (Coordinating Producer) Jannat Gargi, (Digital Producer) Matt Milios, (Unit Production Manager) Kim Nyhous, (Associate Producer) Aimee Link, (Social Media Relations) David Patton & Jordan Steward, (Intellectual Property Counsel) Davina Inslee, (Business Affairs Consultant) B.J. Miller.


(Executive Producer) Morgan Spurlock, (Co-Executive Producers) Douglas Dicconson, David Laks, Karol Martesko-Fenster, (Supervising Producers) Nelly Petit, Damon Smith, (Special Consultant) Joe Cantwell, (Communications) Susan Jacobs, (Production Coordinators) Madeleine Lawler, Alexandra Rosen (Editorial Consultants) Jason Horowitz, Jeremy Kaplan, Ted Lambert.

Production & Program Partners

Truckstop Media, Hipcheck Consulting, Version Industries, Grit & Luster, House of Trim, BPI/Montlake, Warrior Poets, Sunshine Sachs, Fenton Communications, FilmBuff, Jun Group, GWP Inc, Dot Matrix Design Group, Filter, Edelman Partners, Stun Creative.

Special Thanks to Our Festival Launch Partner

The New York Film Festival and The Film Society of Lincoln Center

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