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"Loot in This ‘Heist’ Not Jewels, but American Dream...the loot isn’t sparkling diamonds and gold bars but the homes, savings and jobs of regular working stiffs..."
AFL-CIO


"Perhaps the best film yet about the roots of today’s economic conditions in the U.S., domination of public policy by corporate interests, and grassroots resistance that has emerged in the past few years."
TheWorkSite.org


HEIST..."has the virtue of taking the long view of a crisis that recent films like “Inside Job” and “Too Big to Fail” have only sketchily explored. It makes a strong case that government regulation of business is essential for democracy to flourish."
—Stephen Holden, New York Times


"Wherever one's politics fall on the spectrum, there is much in here — such as a maddening video clip in which an American law firm offers counsel on how to avoid hiring American workers — likely to give one pause."
—Mindy Farabee, LA Times


"…HEIST' is well timed as a one-stop summary of reasons for ordinary Americans to be furious at our financial systems. Its last third turns from compiling past outrages to encouraging activism, making this snappy, solid docu an ideal candidate for savvy distribs to jump on immediately. With grassroots marketing, pic could ride the wave of burgeoning Occupy Wall Street-related protests as a ready-made primer."
—Dennis Harvey, Variety


"An unflinching, diamond-sharp salvo about the roots of the American economic crisis and its impact on particularly the middle class and working poor."
Shared Darkness


"'HEIST' is a cinematic gut punch, to be sure, but not one entirely devoid of hope. It sounds an alarm, and makes a compelling case for greater political involvement and education by those with less means than the moneyed elite of this country."
Shockya


"Not easily dismissed as rabid conspiracy theorists, the film makers cite historically engrained documents such as the Powell Mandate and the Mandate for Leadership. Furthermore, the film does not simply assail the Republican Party, but consistently points to examples of deregulation, subversive targeting of specific groups (such as labor unions and economic rivals to the United States), and corruption of all manners in many 20th and 21st century presidential administrations. "
Michael J. Coffta, Business Librarian, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania


REVIEWS FROM LABOR


"NO PUNCHES PULLED . . . What makes this a particularly good movie on the political shift is that it does not pull punches. While the ideologues wrote the Republican platform, the film makes it clear that Clinton and the Democratic Congress bear plenty of responsibility for carrying out these policies. NAFTA, the repeal of Glass-Steagall, and monopolization of the telecommunications industry all had Democratic sponsorship.

“HEIST does all this with clear explanations, clever graphics, and good footage of CEOs as well as academics and politicians."

— Mike Parker and Margaret Jordan, Labor Notes, 10/22/12


“Thousands of shop stewards around the country have seen and discussed Heist in the training sessions held by CWA and other union as part of the 99% Spring. This film is an invaluable educational tool for labor and community groups that want to do membership and public education about the abuses of corporate power in America. Heist tells a story that continues to be mis-represented or ignored by too much of our corporate-dominated mainstream media. If Capitalism: A Love Story had a sequel--this would be it!.”
— Steve Early, labor journalist and author, former Communications Workers of America, International Representative, and now member of TNG/CWA Local 39521 in San Francisco.


“HEIST is outstanding, even gripping, as the film documents our slide towards a wealth based nation, robbing working class families of our power, our voice, our dignity and our dreams. Watch it, treasure it, pass it on to every activist you know. It helps us feel the power of organizing when we Stand Up, and Fight Back!”
—Larry Cohen, President of Communication Workers of America


"Perhaps the best film yet about the roots of today’s economic conditions in the U.S., domination of public policy by corporate interests, and grassroots resistance that has emerged in the past few years."
TheWorkSite.org


"For those who have not paid attention to 'the man behind the curtain,' or those who have swallowed The Matrix's Blue Pill, "HEIST" is an absolute must-see."
—D. Schwartz, cine source


"America's situation is so grave that merely restorative actions are required before any needed structural changes can be made. In the end, it's up to us to do something once we leave screenings of HEIST."
—Steven Mikulan, Frying Pan News


"...'the film provides a crisp, succinct answer to a question that nags most Americans: What the hell happened?"
—Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine


'HEIST'..."has the virtue of taking the long view of a crisis that recent films like “Inside Job” and “Too Big to Fail” have only sketchily explored. It makes a strong case that government regulation of business is essential for democracy to flourish."
—Stephen Holden, New York Times


"A persuasive case for the swift reinstatement of watchdog laws to prevent bailed-out Wall Street from turning the America Dream into a neverending nightmare for folks on Main Street."
—Kam Williams, aalbc.com and Sly Fox Film Reviews



"Causey and Goldmacher’s film cogently argues that the economic collapse is a direct result of decades of deregulation in various forms at the service of corporations..."
twitter button Basil Tsiokos, what (not) to doc


pdf  "…HEIST' is well timed as a one-stop summary of reasons for ordinary Americans to be furious at our financial systems. Its last third turns from compiling past outrages to encouraging activism, making this snappy, solid docu an ideal candidate for savvy distribs to jump on immediately. With grassroots marketing, pic could ride the wave of burgeoning Occupy Wall Street-related protests as a ready-made primer."
—Dennis Harvey, Variety


"A Movie for the Movement: HEIST: Who Stole The American Dream?,"
— blogpost by Linda Milazzo featured in Huffington Post, Alternet and OpEdNews.


pdf  "'HEIST' rails at death of American middle class"
—David Wagner, San Francisco Chronicle


"Be sure and see the full film—you’ll be surprised by who takes what position, and may end up rethinking some of your own notions."
—James Huang, WhoWhatWhy


“ See this film and you may begin entertaining the notion of public hangings.”
Pacific Sun


"This is a brilliant film that will incite you to riot and rebel."
—Rosanna Lapinski, SBCC Film Reviews


"At a time when many documentaries are done only to further some political agenda, HEIST remains true to educating the public and offer solutions, resting the blame with the politicians on both sides of the aisle, large corporations and big banks that have contributed to the demise of the American economy; protecting the rich and leaving the poor to struggle, 'sink or swim.'"
—Oscar Flores, The Word


"For the last 400 years, there has been an ideology on the American continent that life is, and should be, about hustling—about the unlimited acquisition of money and property. During the last 30 years in particular, this ideology entered a no-holds barred, virulent phase, in which constraints on that vision, and alternatives to it, were almost completely suppressed. Market fundamentalism, the dogma that economic growth is the solution to our problems and that the poor and middle class will not be left behind because of the prosperity that will 'trickle down' to them, became the unquestioned narrative, along with the endless media celebration of globalization. But virtually nothing trickled down, the rich became super-rich, globalization hollowed out American industry, and finally the system came crashing down in 2008. The narrative of the mainstream media proved to be nothing more than a myth. What we have in HEIST is a much-needed corrective to this, a counter-narrative, if you will, of what really happened during the last 30 years. The danger is that this brilliant movie, along with those texts that give the lie to the dominant narrative, will be suppressed and marginalized—as is anything courageous enough to challenge the power of the American elite. In the end, the hustling culture destroys everything human, which is what we see happening in America today. HEIST is a very real attempt to restore our humanity, and thus needs to have the widest distribution possible."
—Morris Berman, author, Why America Failed


Thank you for screening HEIST at Occupy LA. The film left a lasting impression on the camp. Most notably, the outlying elements of the occupation who have been highly criticized by the media; the homeless, the young people and other sometimes inarticulate people who were compelled to Occupy were embued with a new language directly derived from you film. Subsequently, a new and ongoing conversation about corporate greed, a corrupt government and an inefficient, oppressive economic system have become part of the fabric of Occupy LA.
—Sam Slovick


"If you want to understand why the protesters want to 'Occupy Wall Street,' see this film!"
—John Katovich: Former General Counsel: The Pacific Stock Exchange, The Boston Stock Exchange, EVP: NASDAQ, Professor Capital Markets: The Presidio Graduate School

“…HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream? paints the complete picture…”
SF360

 

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