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The American Ruling Class

Meet the Filmmakers: John Kirby and Libby Handros
“The American Ruling Class”

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008
Location: NY NATAS: 1375 Broadway (between 37th & 38th) Suite 2103
Reception: 6:00 – 6:30 PM ~ Program: 6:30 - 8:00 PM

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$15 for those without current membership


Produced & Moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher

The American Ruling Class is a morality tale set to music about two Yale students who seek their opportunities after graduation. Lewis Lapham, the renowned essayist, author and longtime Harper’s Magazine editor, conducts them through the corridors of power – Pentagon press briefings, the World Economic Forum, philanthropic foundations, Washington law firms, banks, the Council on Foreign Relations and New York society dinners. As they make their way, the real-life luminaries they meet become characters in a dramatic story about power, its responsibilities and abuses. The subjects are our country’s most taboo topics: class, power and privilege in our nominally democratic republic. Part Monty Python and part Michael Moore, The American Ruling Class is an entertaining clarion call for all citizens to consider who has power, how they acquired it, and most importantly, how they keep it. Running Time: 89 minutes.

“A guided safari through the tribal haunts of the power elite.”
-Vanity Fair

“The American Ruling Class is a crowning achievement of cinematic sociology... A must-see for those concerned about the future of our economy and social order.”
-Kevin T. Leicht, Professor and Director of the Institute for Inequality Studies, The University of Iowa; Author, Post-Industrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle Class Prosperity

JOHN KIRBY, Director
John Kirby makes his feature directorial debut with The American Ruling Class. He has produced and edited for major broadcasters, including many projects for the award-winning Blowback Productions. His editing credits include the HBO America Undercover documentaries Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder and the Emmy® Award-winning Thug Life in D.C. With his production partner Libby Handros, he recently completed The Good Fat Diet, a ground-breaking study of the role of Omega-three fatty acids in human nutrition, to be released this year on public television.

Libby Handros joined The Press & the Public Project twenty years ago. She began her career working on the critically acclaimed series Inside Story. Since then, as the company's lead producer, she has been responsible for documentaries on a wide range of subjects for PBS, ESPN, Showtime and Fox. Recent credits include, Legacy of a Kidnapping: Lindbergh and the Triumph of the Tabloids, The Good Fat Diet, The Future Belongs to the Educated, Trump: What’s the Deal? and Baseball From the Inside Out.
DVDs will be available for purchase online beginning November or at the screening with a 10% discount, and $3 will be donated to to support the Meet the Filmmaker series.
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Thu, Nov. 6, 2008
noon - 2 p.m.
(GMT-0400) US/Eastern


1375 Broadway, between 37th and 38th Streets, 21st floor, Suite 2103
New York, NY 10018