Chris Hegedus & Jehane Noujaim
Kaleil Isaza Tuzman
It’s an extremely well made and intelligent film that proves at the same time very informative while remaining entertaining. You can’t help but be interested in the two main players who both have their charms and their faults. Tom is the nice affable guy who you want to root for but who you also want to shake up make realize that millions are at stake. Kaleil on the other hand, realizes all too well that money is the driving force and sometimes comes off as greedy and arrogant, but you can’t help but admire his drive and tenaciousness. Nobody can accuse this guy of going after what he wants…
The greatest accomplishment of this film is to really manage to give you a sense of how fast all this happens and of how quickly the company goes from rags to riches, and of how quickly the riches go away. Required reading for anyone whose thinking of opening their own business, regardless of the industry.
A 10-minute documentary interview with filmmakers Hegedus and Noujaim entitled “Doc on Docs” explains the process of shooting a documentary. The most interesting according to me is that the film being unscripted, all the editing and technical work is done on the fly and sometimes has to be done and re-done several times. Things change pretty quickly…
A commentary track is also available from Hegedus and Noujaime. Full of information about what happened on a particular day or how they got a particular shot, it’s fascinating because it adds so much more info that just the film. If you watch the film, you’ll definitely be interested in the commentary. I wish mainstream filmmakers were half as intelligent as the two women who did this film. We wouldn’t have to sit through as much drivel as we do. The commentary track was worth every minute.