The Program in American Studies is pleased to present a free screening of Generation Wealth, followed by a conversation between filmmaker Lauren Greenfield and the audience.
For 25 years photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles) has traveled the world, documenting the excesses of wealth and celebrity that have come to define our culture. In Generation Wealth she revisits many of her subjects as she investigates the desire for more. Underscoring the ever-increasing gap between haves and have-nots, her portraits reveal a focus on image over substance, where those unable to attain actual wealth settle for its trappings, no matter their ability to pay for it. Witnessing the boom/bust cycles of a titan of finance, a porn star, a bus driver, and a child beauty queen, Greenfield also turns the camera on herself to explore the reasons for her personal obsession with her subject matter, and the cost of pursuing excess for us all. Generation Wealth, simultaneously a deeply personal journey, rigorous historical essay, and raucously entertaining expose, bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of capitalism, narcissism and greed.
Register for FREE tickets on EventBrite. Limit two tickets per order. Ticket guarantees admission until 4:15 the night of the event, after which seating will be open to the wait list.
- Program in American Studies
- Committee for Film Studies