Generation Wealth is the fruition of a twenty-five-year documentary inquiry into what has been called “the influence of affluence”. In the era when Donald Trump becomes president, Lauren Greenfield's film is a searing exploration of the aspiration for wealth.
A collection of Generation Wealth photographs is being published as Donald Trump becomes president of the United States. Perhaps more than any other public figure, Trump represents the culture that the Generation Wealth Project chronicled. These people’s stories inspired photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield to portray the aspiration for wealth in a feature length documentary and show how that has become a driving force for individuals from all classes of society. Perhaps Trump - and Trumpism - becomes far more understandable after a trip through Greenfield’s America.
"An ambitious and also infuriating look at the pursuit of riches" - The Hollywood Reporter
"A compelling, damning cultural observation and testament to Greenfield’s own visual artistry." - Screen Daily
"Greenfield’s willingness to show her own vulnerabilities – such as they are for a workaholic bent on chronicling the decline of western civilization – gives the film its heart." - The Wrap
"One of the best documentaries of 2018" - SlashFilm
"A New Documentary Examines The Lives Of The 1 Percent" - Vogue
"Generation wealth: how the modern world fell in love with money" - The Guardian
★★★★ - The Observer
"Compelling" ★★★★ - Time Out
★★★★ - The Times
"Most vulgar, sickening and deeply thought-provoking films you'll see all year" ★★★★★ - Miro
Filmmakers: Lauren Greenfield
Runtime: 108 mins
Sundance Film Festival 2018
Berlin International Film Festival - Panorama 2018
Docville International Documentary Film Festival 2018
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
Transilvania International Film Festival 2018
Docs Against Gravity Film Festival 2018
Jeonju International Film Festival 2018
Over the past 25 years, Lauren Greenfield's documentary photography and film projects have explored youth culture, gender, body image, and affluence. In this fascinating meld of career retrospective and film essay, Greenfield offers a meditation on her extensive body of work, structuring it through the lens of materialism and its increasing sway on culture and society in America and throughout the world. Underscoring the ever-increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots, her portraits reveal a focus on cultivating image over substance, where subjects unable to attain actual wealth instead settle for its trappings, no matter their ability to pay for it.
From her earliest photo studies on the seemingly privileged lives of Los Angeles high school students, through her look at the pitfalls of extreme wealth in The Queen of Versailles (U.S. Documentary Directing Award, 2012 Sundance Film Festival), to more recent images of conspicuous consumption in Russia and China, Greenfield's work becomes a cautionary morality tale about our unquenchable desire for more.
Written and Directed by Lauren Greenfield
Produced by Frank Evers, Lauren Greenfield, Wallis Annenberg
Executive Producers Regina K. Scully Lilly Hartley & Jeffrey Tarrant, Geralyn Dreyfous
Music by Jeff Beal
Edited by Aaron Wickenden, ACE, Michelle Witten, Victor Livingston, Dan Marks