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The rise and fall of the American dream.

As an ailing economy reduces high-flying internet companies around the country to bankruptcy, acclaimed documentary team, Chris Hegedus, Da Pennebaker and newcomer Jehane Noujaim take a behind-the-scenes look at the volatile startup phenomenon, chronicling the turbulent development of, an award-winning internet site that facilitates interaction between local government, citizens and businesses. turning a familiar headline story into a high-pressure personal odyssey, follows the trials of partners Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman, best friends since childhood, as they progress from being rookies with only a business plan to assuming the leadership of a nationally recognised internet company struggling to survive an inhospitable economy.

With millions of dollars of venture capital at stake, Isaza Tuzman and Herman wrestle with the growing pains of a new business in the fickle internet community, tackling technical difficulties, chartering the unpredictable venture capitalist waters, and out-smarting copy-cat competition. In one tense sequence, the partners receive a $17 million offer from a venture capital firm that they must sign that day, without leaving the office. There's only one problem: they can't locate their lawyer on the phone. even becomes the victim of sabotage when its offices are broken into and valuable documents, outlining business and marketing strategies, are stolen. In the end, however, none of these challenges prepares Isaza Tuzman or Herman for their own conflict over the management of, a conflict that will not only endanger their company and their jobs, but will irrevocably alter their lifelong friendship.

Picking up where today's headlines leave off, examines the current troubled state of the internet revolution, in which inflated ideals and dreams of instant wealth have been supplanted by harsh economic realities and broken promises. graced with sensitive storytelling and a dynamic, intimate cinema-verite style, the film also manages to personalise this crisis with intensely private views of the people involved. More than just an insider look at an industry in flux, becomes a deft exploration of friendship and the conflict between personal and business relationships.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film documentary internet boom dot.bomb

Persons of interest

  • Kaleil Isaza Tuzman .... Himself
  • Tom Herman .... Himself
  • Kenneth Austin .... Himself
  • Tricia Burke .... Herself
  • Roy Burston .... Himself
  • David Camp .... Himself
  • José Feliciano .... Himself
  • Dora Glottman .... Herself
  • Julian Herbstein .... Himself
  • Christina Ortez .... Herself
  • Jonathan Angus .... Himself
  • Chieh Cheung .... Himself
  • Sean Coar .... Himself
  • Ambika Conroy .... Herself
  • Patrick Cromer .... Himself
  • Chris Hegedus .... Director
  • Jehane Noujaim .... Director

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Special Agent Matti

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Security censorship classification

PG (Low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

103 minutes (1:43 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 30 August 2001 - Valhalla Cinema
Film: 26 October 2001 - Sutherland Shire Film Festival

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