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Documentarian Ric Burns to make film on Goldman Sachs, funded by Goldman Sachs

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
August 3rd, 2010

Oh, the joys of filmmaking ethics.

According to the Wall Street Journal, filmmaker Ric Burns, brother of famous documentarian Ken Burns, has been hired by Goldman Sachs to make a documentary on, well, you guessed it, Goldman Sachs. Check out the circumstances, after the break.

This move has caught heat from other filmmakers, like Robert Greenwald, director of WAL MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICES, while also apparently being championed by others who are interested in seeing just what a film like this could mean for  those looking to dig into the inner parts of the company.

Personally, I’m with the former.  The move seems highly problematic, and while it will be interesting to see what goes on inside this massively influential and important company, I can’t help but get the vision of a long form commercial out of my mind.  This is only heightened knowing that the filmmaker has a penchant for digging into the history of his subjects, which while interesting, will make for a completely loving look into a company which has played into the economic demise of this nation.

What do you think?

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