Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lending (Full Version)

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Written and directed by James Scurlock, the film and book use interviews with creditors, debtors, academics, and others to illustrate its story. The film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, USA, in 2006 where it claimed the Special Jury Prize. It went on to several film fests including Seattle, Full Frame Documentary, Maui, New Zealand, Milwaukee International, Woodstock, Bergen, Leeds International, Oxford and IDFA (Amsterdam) film festivals. It was released in movie theaters in select cities in the United States in March 2007 through Magnolia Pictures. The DVD was released nationally in June 7, 2007, in the joint effort Magnolia Pictures and Red Envelope Entertainment .

Scurlock’s purpose for this film and book was to raise awareness of how credit and lending issues are affecting society. The main premises of the documentary and book are that banks and other creditors deliberately market to people who are more likely to have problems paying predatory lending and that the creditors benefit from connections to government, the debt collection industry, and from lawmaker apathy.

The non-profit organization Americans for Fairness in Lending (AFFIL) has organized screenings of Maxed Out around the country as part of its work. AFFIL sustains a formal collaboration with the film.

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Plan Colombia – Cashing in on the Drug War Failure

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2003- A film about the failure of the war on drugs in Colombia and the people, corporations and organizations that have benefited from the effort.

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  • Leah

    Absolute BS! The Elite Feds on both sides are lying!
    And the Ambassador of the U.S. is so corrupt, you can see the dissolution in his face!

    The U.S. & Colombian Feds are flying over the Colombian countryside, dropping Agent Orange insicriminately, over all crops, destroying the corn, yucca, and all other plants. This destroys the legitimate farmlands, causing the farmers to turn to the Colombian rebels.

    The coca plants will NEVER be destroyed because it’s not only a medicianl plant, used for centuries BEFORE the Conquest, is still used today, but the plant is a tough one, and widespreading – from Colombia to Ecuador. It’s beneficial to Humanity.

    Fact is, any cocaine produced, is an invention of modern times, tech labs, and is being imported by the cocaine import agency!It’s their planes, military planes fying it in.

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