White Pine Pictures presents
THE CORPORATE COUP D’ÉTAT
World Premiere at IDFA
Director: Fred Peabody
Producer: Peter Raymont
Executive Producers: Peter Raymont, Fred Peabody, Steve Ord, Jeff Cohen, Hans Robert Eisenhauer
Featuring: Chris Hedges, John Ralston Saul, Cornel West, Sarah Jaffe, Lee Fang, Maude Barlow, Phillip Martin
Produced by White Pine Pictures and Ventana-Film in association with Super Channel, ZDF/ARTE, YLE,
with the participation of Ontario Creates, Telefilm Canada, the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical
Documentary Program, with the assistance of The Park Foundation and the Government of Canada
International Sales Agent Films Transit
The Corporate Coup d’État is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org)
Pulitzer-winning journalist and author Chris Hedges said recently: “Donald Trump is not an anomaly. He is the grotesque visage of a collapsed democracy. The creeping corporate coup d’état that began 45 years ago is complete. It has destroyed the lives of tens of millions of Americans no longer able to find work that provides a living wage, cursed to live in chronic poverty.”
“I wanted to make a film that reaches out to the world with a powerful cinematic treatment of the above core message. I feel that THE CORPORATE COUP D’ÉTAT is a film that is urgently needed. I hope that it will make a difference.” – Fred Peabody
Wednesday, October 24, 2018: White Pine Pictures is honoured that Fred Peabody’s feature documentary THE CORPORATE COUP D’ÉTAT will have its World Premiere at IDFA in the Frontlight programme.
THE CORPORATE COUP D’ÉTAT is a logical follow-up, and a broadening and deepening of themes raised in Peabody’s debut documentary ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I. F. Stone.
A democracy should protect its citizens, especially the most vulnerable among them, but increasingly the United States is failing to do so. This investigative and persuasive documentary blends the insights of philosophers, authors and journalists with the experiences of citizens of the Rust Belt in the U.S. Midwest, where the steel industry once flourished, but where closures and outsourcing have left urban areas desolate and hopeless. It’s here that Donald Trump finds some of his most fervent supporters, as he’s not considered part of the hated Washington establishment.
Journalist Chris Hedges, argues that the crisis predates Donald Trump’s election by many years. Like his source of inspiration, the Canadian philosopher John Ralston Saul, Hedges regards Trump as the symptom rather than the disease. Decades ago, U.S. democracy began selling its soul to big corporations. Lobbyists and corporatism took control in Washington, gradually undermining the will of the people. Journalist Naomi Klein recently described Trump’s administration as a “corporate coup d’état”. Hedges and Ralston Saul argue that the real coup took place long before.
FRED PEABODY, Director/ Executive Producer
Vancouver based Fred Peabody is an Emmy-winning journalist and filmmaker. His credits include seven years as a producer-director on the acclaimed CBC investigative program “The Fifth Estate”. Peabody’s film on the childhood exploitation of the Dionne quintuplets was nominated for an Emmy in 1998, and he won an Emmy in 1989 for a film about wild horses rescued from starvation and abuse. Peabody’s previous film All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone was honoured with the Directors Guild of Canada Award for Best Documentary and screened in over 70 festivals worldwide.
ABOUT WHITE PINE PICTURES
White Pine Pictures is an independent Canadian film, television, and new media production company based in Toronto, Canada. Headed by award-winning filmmaker, Peter Raymont, the company has produced over 100 films, including the Emmy award-winning feature documentary Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire, two Oscar-shortlisted features: A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. White Pine is also the producer of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 episodes), and Cracked (21 episodes) created for the CBC and sold worldwide including France, Germany, and the USA. www.whitepinepictures.com
Running Time: 90 minutes