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NEW YORK, December 2, 2014 – Al Jazeera America explores the inner workings of a man of purported brilliance and complete moral indifference who is of one of the largest financial criminals in history in the two-part investigative documentary “In God We Trust,” premiering Sunday, December 7 at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Part two of “In God We Trust” debuts Sunday, December 14 at 9pm ET/6pm PT.
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A powerful story of betrayal and redemption, “In God We Trust” takes an in-depth look at the Madoff crime on the sixth anniversary of the arrest of Bernard L. Madoff. The film chronicles the journey of Eleanor Squillari, a woman who went to work every day believing she was working for a great company and a great man. For twenty-five years, she sat fifteen feet away from Madoff as his personal secretary. She never imagined he was perpetrating the largest financial crime in history. On December 11, 2008, her life as she knew it was destroyed…until she decided to do something about it to help bring about justice.
Produced, written and directed by Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson, “In God We Trust” unearths the truth behind the fabled man and complex scam. Shot in real time in New York City, this film presents an intimate portrait of a remarkable woman who defies the odds to do what she believes is right in the face of extraordinary adversity.
“In God We Trust,” which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, examines how Squillari unwittingly participated in the massive Ponzi scheme which operated right under nose. Years of Eleanor’s files and personal memories as well as her dogged pursuit for the facts begin to unwind the crimes as she aids the FBI investigation and struggles to determine which of her formerly trusted co-workers were involved. As she probes deeper into the deceit, Eleanor finds that Bernard’s Ponzi scheme was only the beginning -- a small fraction of the criminal activity that took place every day for decades. Along with Eleanor, viewers learn the real truth of this massive crime, including who was involved, who benefited and who was the likely mastermind behind this enormous fraud.
“In God We Trust” is produced by The Halcyon Company and Verisimilitude in association with Magic Hour Entertainment.
Victor Kubicek is a writer, producer and director. “In God We Trust” is his third feature film. A graduate from Columbia University where he majored in Economics and Philosophy and a former member of the American Stock Exchange, Victor has always been interested in the relationship between finance and human behavior. When he and co-director Derek Anderson met Eleanor Squillari back in 2009, he knew that he had found the perfect subject to explore these themes.
Derek Anderson began his career in advertising where he became known as the creator and marketer of some of the world’s most successful brands. Derek believed the way to capture the hearts and minds of the audience was to engage them in a compelling story to transport them to a world they would want to be a part of. Filmmaking was a natural next step for him after advertising. As a writer, director and producer Derek has been able to explore subjects from a unique American subculture in “Cook Off” to the post apocalyptic world of “Terminator Salvation” and now the underbelly of the world of finance in “In God We Trust”.
About The Halcyon Company
The Halcyon Company is an independent entertainment company founded by Victor Kubicek and Derek Anderson in 2006. The Halcyon Company is committed to telling powerful, moving and culturally relevant stories. We work to push the boundaries of storytelling by not being limited by content or form. From intimated documentaries to tent pole films, television and platforms yet to be discovered we seek to engage the viewers in worlds that inform and inspire. The Halcyon Company produces films, television shows, web based entertainment and video games.
Verisimilitude is a New York-based film company with a steadfast commitment to tell challenging, unique stories in the most compelling of ways. We work with directors to create cinematic visions which span the full spectrum of style and imagination, while always striving to find the truth, and verisimilitude within the story beneath.
Magic Hour Entertainment
Magic Hour Entertainment is a media and production company that seeks to craft inspiration films and media for TGV< Online, and Theatrical distribution.
About Al Jazeera America
Al Jazeera America is the U.S. news channel that provides both domestic and international news for American audiences. Headquartered in New York City with bureaus in 12 cities across the United States, Al Jazeera America is available in more than 61 million homes in the U.S. on Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV Channel 347, Dish Network Channel 215, Verizon FiOS Channel 614 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 1219. The name “Al Jazeera” means “peninsula.” Al Jazeera America’s distinctive logo is said to resemble a drop of water and its calligraphic design spells “Al Jazeera” in Arabic. To find Al Jazeera America in your area, visit www.aljazeera.com/getajam.
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