Telluride Education Fund: “Generation Wealth,” Lauren Greenfield in Town, 12/27

Telluride Education Fund: “Generation Wealth,” Lauren Greenfield in Town, 12/27

The Telluride Education Foundation is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which raises money to invest in the enrichment of K-12 education in the Telluride School District. In support of its efforts, TEF is hosting a screening of the riveting documentary “Generation Wealth.” The event takes place at Telluride’s Michael D. Palm Theatre on Thursday, December 27, 5:45 p.m. Doors and a cash bar open at 5 p.m. A Q&A and book-signing with Lauren Greenfield concludes the program.

Tickets: adults $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Includes film, Q&A, and hors d’oeuvres. (Childcare is available with advance reservation and an additional fee.)

The event is open to the public, for additional information please contact Toni Nash at 512-656-3334, 

Donate to TEF here. And please scroll down to watch an interview with Greenfield and then the trailer for the film.

Note: “Generation Wealth” is rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, disturbing images, and drug material.

“Generation Wealth” a mom and her offspring. Credit: Lauren Greenfield.

David Holbrooke designed the festival he named “Original Thinkers” as “a new, highly curated event that melds speakers, films, and performance into a powerful four-day experience in Telluride.”

According to Holbrooke:

“The scale of the world’s problems we face feels overwhelming. We started Original Thinkers to give a platform to the people and ideas that, despite all the odds, keep trying, keep working, and keep dreaming big.”

Among the presenters at the debut of “Original Thinkers” in October was Lauren Greenfield.

For 25 years photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (“The Queen of Versailles”) travelled the world, documenting the excesses of wealth and celebrity that have come to define our culture.

Admiring a jeweled tiara at the Turandot restaurant in Moscow in 2012. Credit: Lauren Greenfield.

In “Generation Wealth,” Greenfield revisits many of her favorite subjects as she continues to investigate our desire for more.

Underscoring the ever-increasing gap between haves and have-nots, her celluloid portraits reveal a focus on image over substance, where those unable to attain actual wealth settle for its trappings, – regardless of their ability to pay for those excesses.

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 signature subject matter – and the cost of pursuing excess for us all.

“Generation Wealth,” simultaneously a deeply personal journey, rigorous historical essay, and raucously entertaining exposé, bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of capitalism, narcissism and greed.

View an interview with Greenfield and the trailer for the “Generation Wealth” here:

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