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Meet the Filmmakers: Kevin Stocklin & Gary Gasgarth

Meet the Filmmakers: Kevin Stocklin & Gary Gasgarth
“We All Fall Down: The American Mortgage Crisis”
Date: Monday, November 8, 2010
Location: NY NATAS, 1375 Broadway (between 37th and 38th Streets), Suite 2103
Reception: 6:00-6:30 PM~ Program: 6:30-8:00 PM

*Free to NY NATAS Members!
$15 for those without current NY NATAS membership

As the pyramid scheme that was the U.S. mortgage system collapsed from bad debts and predatory lending, the American dream – a house, a yard, a home – has been foreclosed upon. Winner of the CINE Golden Eagle, the Chris Award and Telly Awards in four categories, this timely documentary stands as an essential historical exposé of how it all went so wrong. Written and produced by Kevin Stocklin (formerly a Managing Director at BNP Paribas) and directed by Gary Gasgarth (NYU Film professor), We All Fall Down carefully lays out the dizzying complexities of the American financial system with clarity and concision. Their exhaustive approach adds up to a searing indictment of the epic greed and criminality that made it all possible. As one pundit quips, “This is a crime with literally thousands of fingerprints on the weapon.” The film includes interviews with top economists including Nouriel Roubini, Wall Street insiders, officials from the Federal Reserve, the FBI and local law enforcement, and homeowners across the United States.

Many of the stories presented are veritable chin-droppers, as the entire end-game of the mortgage lending machine became about throwing money at people, regardless of their ability to repay. When the bubble finally burst in the summer of 2008, trillions of dollars vanished. The catastrophic repercussions (including multiple failures of the world’s largest financial institutions) have left the United Statesmired in a crippling and enduring recession and deeply indebted to foreign nations. This film is essential to understanding the current crisis, as we continue our search for a way out of it.  We All Fall Down has screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Boston International Film Festival, the Museumof American Financeand the Bauhaus/Dessau Foundation. Distributed by ICARUS FILMS, it is currently being used to teach economics, business, history and politics students worldwide.

Stands out as one of the clearest and most in-depth examinations of the financial crisis to date, providing a historical and insider perspective that has been absent from most media reports. It is invaluable for anyone who wants to truly understand how we got into this mess. Highly recommended.
- Kristin Aguilera, Editor, Financial History Magazine

A concise documentary portrait... Illustrated with graphs, charts and archival footage, the film is a steal for educational purposes.
 - Rob Nelson, Variety

This film is for everyone who saw their retirement funds and their home values drop but doesn't understand how such a massive meltdown could have happened... takes you on the trip down the rabbit hole to see all the pieces of the puzzle... Highly Recommended.
- Educational Media Reviews Online

Stocklin has an insider's understanding of the issues... a hot story to tell – and a first-hand perspective.
-    Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail

Kevin Stocklin is a NY-based filmmaker and founder of Second Act Films, an independent film production company. In addition to this award-winning documentary, he wrote and directed four short films: The Position, Case Closed, Tom and Jeraldine and Duet. He produced and co-directed a film/theatre project titled A Case of You, which played at the Kraine Theatre in New York City. And he directed and produced Tennis and India, an internet sports show distributed worldwide by SportPassTV. Kevin studied filmmaking at New York University. He is currently in pre-production on two feature films, for which he is writer and director. One of these films, Lakota, is being sponsored by NY Foundation for the Arts. His work has screened at festivals, museums and art exhibitions worldwide.

Gary Gasgarth is a writer, director and editor of feature films, TV commercials, documentaries, industrials and music videos; he has received CINE Golden Eagle and Chris awards. Editing credits include Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Loved the Stars; Angels; Cocaine Cowboys; Merton: A Film Biography, and Raw As You Wanna Be. Gary served as a judge for the Association of Independent Commercial Producers and the Emmy® Awards. He has taught inner city filmmaking workshops and his Directing seminar was featured in NEW YORK magazine. Gary is a Master Teacher of narrative and documentary production at NYU SCPS, where he received the Award for Teaching Excellence.

Please RSVP  via email to reserve a seat. Use film title “We All Fall Down” in subject line of email.

Produced & Moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher


Mon, Nov. 8, 2010
noon - 2 p.m.
(GMT-0400) US/Eastern


1375 Broadway, Suite 2103
New York, NY 10018