FreakonomicsDirector: Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon
Cast: Steven D. Levitt
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Inspired by authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner wildly popular best-seller Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, this documentary teams such acclaimed filmmakers as Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), and Seth Gordon (The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters) to look at human behavior from a perspective of incentives and statistics. Conventional wisdom gets caught in the crosshairs when Jesus Camp co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady explore how underachieving kids respond when they're rewarded for hard work with greenbacks; Gibney throws open the curtain on sumo wrestling; Spurlock examines how baby names can affect a child's development; and Why We Fight director Eugene Jarecki offers a troubling hypothesis on why the early-'90s saw some of the lowest crime rates of the latter 20th century.
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Cast & Crew
|Steven D. Levitt||Participant|
|Stephen J. Dubner||Participant|
|Seth Gordon||Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Paul Brill||Score Composer|
|Paul Fiore||Executive Producer|
|Michael Furjanic||Score Composer|
|Damon Martin||Executive Producer|
|Jay Rifkin||Executive Producer|
|Michael Roban||Executive Producer|
|Michael Wandmacher||Score Composer|
1. Introduction [4:32]
2. Parenting [1:54]
3. Names [16:17]
4. Cheating [:02]
5. Pure Corruption [2:27]
6. Exposure [12:10]
7. Cause & Effect [12:13]
8. Crime [:04]
9. Incentives [1:25]
10. Bribery [:00]
11. The Experiment [12:01]
12. Questions [2:49]
1. What Is Freakonomics? [3:39]
2. Are We Biased? [3:43]
3. How Do We Pick Our Topics? [1:53]
4. The Incentives of Daycare [3:00]
5. The Bagel Man [2:42]
6. The Incentives of Hand Washing [2:02]
7. The Broken Windows Theory [2:42]
8. Correlation vs. Causality [3:20]
9. How to be a Good Parent [3:17]
10. How to Find a Good Doctor [1:53]
11. Does Money Win Elections? [4:28]
12. Debunking Conventional Wisdom [2:06]
13. Swimming Pools vs. Guns [1:40]
14. Are We Cynics? [1:09]
Producers' Audio Commentary With Chris Romano, Dan O'Meara, and Chad Troutwine: On/Off
Directors' Audio Commentaries
Seth Gordon - Introduction
Seth Gordon - "Parenting"
Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick (Writer) - "A Roshanda by Any Other Name"
Seth Gordon - "Cheating"
Alex Gibney - "Pure Corruption"
Seth Gordon - "Cause & Effect"
Eugene Jarecki - "It's Not Always a Wonderful Life"
Seth Gordon - "Incentives"
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady - "Can A 9th Grader Be Bribed to Succeed?"
Seth Gordon - "So Now What?"
Additional Interviews with Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
HDNet: A Look at Freakonomics
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