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Directed by Seth Gordon, Eugene Jarecki, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing, and Morgan Spurlock
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 85 Minutes World Premiere

What started as a New York Times article in 2003 became one of the best-selling books of the last decade and is now one of the most compelling films of the year. Freakonomics, by economist Steven D. Levitt and author Stephen J. Dubner, examines human behavior through the lens of statistics and incentives, rather than morals and ethics, illuminating surprising and controversial conclusions. Now a team of powerhouse directors comes together to tackle this provocative material in a singular cinematic experience.

Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) delivers a visually arresting look at the crumbling façade of Sumo wrestling and exposes searing and violent truths about this ancient and revered sport. Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) offers up a buoyant and revealing angle on the repercussions of baby names. Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp) balance levity and candor with their eye-opening profile of underachieving kids incentivized to learn with cold hard cash. Finally, Eugene Jarecki, who brought us the unforgettably powerful Why We Fight, investigates an unsettling theory to explain why crime rates dramatically dropped in the early '90s. Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) weaves the pieces together with brisk interludes, providing context and commentary from the authors.

Freakonomics the movie exposes the hidden side of everything, debunking conventional wisdom, and revealing what answers may come if one just asks the right questions.

Special Note

Saturday, May 1, 3:00 pm
@ Directors Guild Theater

After the Movie: Join us for a can’t-miss conversation featuring acclaimed documentary directors Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Eugene Jarecki, Seth Gordon, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady as well as the writers of the smash bestseller on which the film is based, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

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Cast & Credits
  • Directors:
    Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, Eugene Jarecki, Seth Gordon
  • Screenwriters:
    Alex Gibney, Peter Bull, Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing, Eugene Jarecki, Seth Gordon
  • Producers:
    Dan O'Meara, Chris Romano, Chad Troutwine



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