Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.

Nowhere, Gibney asserts, is this more evident than on Park Avenue in New York. 740 Park in Manhattan is currently home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the country. Across the river, less than five miles away, Park Avenue runs through the South Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in the United States.

In Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, Gibney states that while income disparity has always existed in the U.S., it has accelerated sharply over the last 40 years. As of 2010, the 400 richest Americans controlled more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of the populace — 150 million people. In the film, Gibney explains why he believes upward mobility is increasingly out of reach for the poor.

Alex Gibney directed the 2008 Academy Award-winning film Taxi to the Dark Side and the 2006 Oscar-nominated film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Other credits as director include Magnolia Pictures’s releases Casino Jack and the United States of Money and Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Gibney was the executive producer of the Oscar-nominated No End in Sight, consulting producer on Who Killed the Electric Car?, and producer of Herbie Hancock: Possibilities.

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  1. The lady, what’s her name ryan or whatever., said she believes in private everything like schools post offices etc., is nuts. That directly attacks our values of freedom. People need basic education to get jobs to work. So taxes pay for the education for people to get jobs. You will totally demolish an educated workforce and talent pool in America. That’s makes us loose ground. Greed can be good to inspire innovation and hard work. It can also destroy. Shame when the rich don’t want to give to the poor man with nothing. The tax rate for the poor, those making 15,000-23,000 per year should be 1%. The rich should pay 30% , those with 1 million and up. No taxes. Insanity. You must put something into the system since you take so much out. Those roads that your Rolls Royce drives on is paid by taxes. So are the traffic lights, police officers, government loans, and so on and so on. We also need to invest in the youth more. And when a president does too much they want to impeach him. These policies, that is Koch and company, will rip America at seams.

  2. @Kathleen Joyce what are you going on about?

    why do you think others have their heads in the sand and this is some great revelation for most? lol@ your sanctimonious proclamation! we all see what’s going on thx to this modern age of easy internet access to information and the ongoing efforts of long-standing investigative journalists/documentarians.

  3. Watch if U want to wake up to the reality of how the very rich own the government! Or, of course, U can can choose to keep Ur head in the sand.

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