January 19, 2005
Another Enron movie

No, not a sequel to The Crooked E, but a documentary called Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, based on the book by the same name.

The movie, which will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah later this month, will likely show in Landmark Theaters such as the River Oaks and Greenway and maybe others too, [filmmaker Alex] Gibney said Tuesday.


"Using insider accounts and incendiary corporate audio and videotapes, Gibney shows the almost unimaginable personal excesses of the Enron hierarchy and the utter moral vacuum that posed as corporate philosophy," reads the press release about the distribution deal.

It promises "a harrowing denouement" as audiences hear traders pull profits from the California energy crisis and offers understanding on how Enron executives' avarice "had a shocking and profound domino effect that may shape the face of our economy for years to come."


"I have high expectations," said Philip Hilder, the Houston lawyer for ex-Enron executive Sherron Watkins, who penned the now-famous memo predicting corporate scandal. Hilder and Watkins were interviewed for the film.

"These filmmakers seemed to understand the significance of the Enron story, and I expect they will treat it in an important manner," Hilder said.

Sounds interesting enough. Look for it in Houston in the spring.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 19, 2005 to Enronarama | TrackBack