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About the Documentary
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.
Nowhere, Gibney asserts, is this more evident than on Park Avenue in New York. 740 Park in Manhattan is currently home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the country. Across the river, less than five miles away, Park Avenue runs through the South Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in the United States.
In Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream,Gibney states that while income disparity has always existed in the U.S., it has accelerated sharply over the last 40 years. As of 2010, the 400 richest Americans controlled more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of the populace — 150 million people. In the film, Gibney explains why he believes upward mobility is increasingly out of reach for the poor.
The following are the complete transcripts for the interviews conducted by the filmmakers of Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream.
- Jack Abramoff (PDF, 139KB)
- Bruce Bartlett (PDF, 221KB)
- Colin & April Dunkley (PDF, 106KB)
- Michael Gross (PDF, 299KB)
- Jacob Hacker (PDF, 246KB)
- Bob Kaiser (PDF, 106KB)
- Jane Mayer (PDF, 139KB)
- Timothy Noah (PDF, 176KB)
- Tim Phillips (PDF, 246KB)
- Paul Piff (PDF, 164KB)
- Anne Rueth (PDF, 156KB)
- Jeffery Sachs (PDF, 156KB)
- Tim Smeeding (PDF, 233KB)
- Karen Treadwell (PDF, 86KB)
- Jennifer – Waukesha Food Pantry (PDF, 74KB)
- Melissa – Waukesha Food Pantry (PDF, 57KB)
Alex Gibney directed the 2008 Academy Award-winning film Taxi to the Dark Side and the 2006 Oscar-nominated film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Other credits as director include Magnolia Pictures’s releases Casino Jack and the United States of Money and Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Gibney was the executive producer of the Oscar-nominated No End in Sight, consulting producer on Who Killed the Electric Car?, and producer of Herbie Hancock: Possibilities.
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Original Music by
Inspired by the book
740 Park: The Story of the World's
Richest Apartment Building
by Michael Gross
Assistants to Alex Gibney
Music Clearance Supervisor
Post Production Supervisor
Supervising DI Conform Editor
DI Conform Editor
Assistant DI Conform Editor
Ryan M. Price
Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer
Assistant Re-recording Mixer
Audio Post Coordinator
F. Robert Stein, Esq.
Jackie Eckhouse, Esq.
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Set Production Assistants
Field Coordinator for San Francisco
Archival Footage and Photos
The Conus Archive
FILM Archives, Inc.
NBC Universal Archives
N.Y. Daily News
Laif/Redux, REA/Redux, The New York Times/Redux
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman, lecture
in Robert Shiller, Financial Markets (2008),
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Written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields
Published by Lida Enterprises/Notable Music Co/Co BMG Gold Songs
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Written by Count William Basie and Foster Frank
Published by EMI Full Keel Music
Performed by Count Basie and his Orchestra
Courtesy of EMI Records
Commissioning Editors for Why Poverty?
Claire Aguilar – ITVS
Barbara Truyen – VPRO
Axel Arnö – SVT
Tomoko Okutsu - NHK
Martin Pieper - ZDF/Arte
DR International Sales
For Steps International
Mette Hoffmann Meyer
Executive Producer for ITVS
Sally Jo Fifer
Production assistance provided by
ABC, BNT, Canal Futura, Canal 22, CT, CyBC,
Doordarshan, EUROVISION, ERR, ERT, e.tv, HRT, Human,
IBA, IKON, Knowledge Network, MBC, ORF, PTS, RAI, RTHK,
RTVS, RUV, Tempo TV, Television America Latina,
TV3 Catalunya, TVO, and TVP.
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Funding was provided by
The Bertha Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Ford Foundation
Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream is a co-production of
Democracy Pictures LLC, Steps International, BBC, DR, ZDF/Arte, Arte G.E.I.E.,
NHK, NRK, SVT, VPRO, YLE, The Open University, and ITVS International.
This program was produced by Democracy Pictures LLC and Steps International
who are solely responsible for its content.
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