The human cost of corporatism captured in The Corporate Coup d’État, premiering at Hot Docs April 29

The Capitol Building in The Corporate Coup d’État, White Pine Pictures 2018

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March 19, 2019 (Toronto, ON) From White Pine Pictures and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Fred Peabody, The Corporate Coup d’État dissects America at a troubling crossroads, offering piercing insights from journalists, authors, philosophers, and activists on the current state of democracy. Chris Hedges, John Ralston Saul, Maude Barlow, Cornel West and others describe President Trump as a symptom of a broken system where power now lies with corporations, not citizens. The Corporate Coup d’État will have its Canadian Premiere as a Special Presentation at the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, on April 29 at 9:30PM.

A democracy should protect its citizens, especially the most vulnerable, but increasingly the United States is failing to do so. This investigative documentary tells heart-breaking stories of the suffering of citizens in “sacrifice zones” such as Camden, New Jersey and the U.S. Rust Belt. In Youngstown, Ohio, the steel industry once flourished, but plant closures and outsourcing have left the area desolate and hopeless. It’s here that Donald Trump found some of his most fervent supporters when he, in effect, ran against both parties. Rust Belt voters were fed up after decades of corporate-friendly policies by Democratic and Republican politicians.

In the words of journalist Chris Hedges: “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. The Corporate Coup d’État is a film that is urgently needed. I hope that it will make a difference,” said Fred Peabody, director and executive producer.

Journalist and author Chris Hedges in The Corporate Coup d’État, White Pine Pictures 2018

The 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival runs April 25 to May 5, 2019. Following Hot Docs, the film will have a cross Canada theatrical release.

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Screenings at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival:

Monday, April 29

9:30 PM

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Tuesday, April 30

10:00 AM

Isabel Bader Theatre

Friday, May 3

12:00 PM

Hart House Theatre

ABOUT 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, was nominated for an Emmy, and screened in over 70 festivals worldwide.


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.

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Director/Executive Producer Fred Peabody is available for phone interviews leading up to Hot Docs. Peabody will be in Toronto April 29 to May 3.

Journalist Chris Hedges and philosopher John Ralston Saul are also available for phone interviews.

Media inquiries:
Danyel McLachlan, AlphaPR