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A smart, satirical mockumentary about the global financial crisis. One man accidentally caused the whole thing. Now, he has to fix it.

  • 2.8 trillion dollars... gone.
  • Lehman and Bear Stearns... wiped out.
  • Entire neighborhoods... foreclosed.
  • Europe... breaking apart.

And as the world crumbles, everyone is asking one question: “Who’s to blame?”

Eugene Kramer was a simple Iowa farm boy who brought his folksy wisdom to Wall Street at an entry-level trading job in 2004. His sunny moral principles propelled him to the top — and unwittingly inspired his fellow bankers to unleash a global economic catastrophe. And that was just the beginning...

From the credit crash to the bailout, from the European debt crisis to Occupy Wall Street, Eugene Kramer caused it all. And now it’s up to him to fix it.

False Profit is a smart, absurdist satire told in the style of a sober investigative documentary, through talking-head interviews, mocked-up archival footage, re-enactments, and "documentary" footage of Eugene’s high-octane daily life. Despite its authoritative tone, it’s a gleeful farce in the mode of Arrested Development and Best in Show.

False Profit is directed by Second City director Jeff Michalski (an improv icon who's worked with the likes of Bill Murray, Robin Williams, Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert & many more.) It's written and produced by award-winning writers Dan Abrams and Josh Zepps (who plays Eugene.) And the cast includes some of the best improv comedians from film, television, the Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade.

But it’s more than that. False Profit is a disruptive experiment in film financing, production and distribution. It’s a new way for America’s best talent to launch projects outside the studio system, with less upfront risk, a shorter production cycle, and stronger links between the filmmakers and their audience.

False Profit is a smart, irresistibly silly satire of the crisis that defines our age.

“Who’s to blame?”

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    THE "GOLD STANDARD” PACKAGE: You get a private screening for you and your friends with a live Q&A afterwards with the stars, producers and director. You also get a credit at the beginning of the movie that says: "This film made possible with the generous support of _________" Plus, a custom-made set of 20 DVDs or BluRays, with custom box art designed just for you. The disc's Special Features will include a custom video written specifically for you, starring the stars of the movie, directed and shot in your honor. The collection of discs will be delivered in a real US Mint Coin Sack, that money was once circulated in. PLUS you'll receive a one of a kind, beautifully engraved plaque, stating that your generous donation helped rescue the global economy from total financial collapse.

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    THE “WALL ST GOLDEN PARACHUTE”: Our most exclusive package. It comes with everything in the GOLD STANDARD PACKAGE… PLUS a comedy video honoring you and your fellow Golden Parachutists that will be included as a Special Feature in EVERY DVD distributed through this Kickstarter. Everyone who sees the film will know that you made it possible. You can have fun in this video, you can discuss something important, or you can just say hi to your mom (or you can decline if you wish.) As a bonus, our 5 Golden Parachutists will also have unmediated access to the writers & producers throughout the production process, including our private email addresses. We will seriously consider your creative suggestions, and respond promptly to all inquiries. PLUS you’ll receive a display-worthy engraved award statuette thanking you for your support and stating unequivocally that you DID NOT CAUSE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS.

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