Now available online and for free is We The Economy: 20 Films You Can’t Afford to Miss. Produced by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan, each of the short films is helmed by a filmmaker using their own creative vision to help explain the U.S. economy. The shorts run 5-8 minutes each and they try to explain the role of government in the economy, what causes inequality, what is money and globalization, and a lot more. It’s a great series that tries to tackle a very serious subject in an entertaining way. Watch them here.
With director Adam McKay helming The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas (which tackles income inequality in a My Little Pony-inspired universe), I recently spoke to him about how he got involved in the project, his outspoken political views and how he uses social media to address them, how We the Economy gives unbiased economic information, why My Little Pony factors into his short, how Republicans and Democrats used to care about the welfare of America but now it’s about transnational corporations, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say and make sure to watch his short here.
- 00:38 – On his outspoken political views and how he uses social media to address them.
- 3:10 – McKay discusses the dynamic of the two party, red team vs. blue team system.
- 4:15 – On how Republicans and Democrats used to care about the welfare of America but now it’s about transnational corporations.
- 5:45 – On how Ronald Reagan would be considered liberal by today’s standards.
- 6:30 – Discusses how We the Economy gives unbiased economic information.
- 7:25 – Why he wanted to make his short on income inequality and how My Little Pony factors in.