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Bulletproof Salesman
Directed by
Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker
USA / 2008 / 70 minutes

New York Premiere
Screening Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater
10/02/2008, 6:00PM
Upstate Films I
10/03/2008, 5:00PM
Fildelis Cloer is no ordinary salesman. His product? Finely crafted armored vehicles, made in Germany and meant to withstand bullets ands bombs. War is good for business, and business is brisk in this macabre slant on the Willy Loman story. To this German war profiteer, the trip to Baghdad represents the road to opportunity. "Terror creates the demand," says Fidelis, who also acknowledges that failure, the death of a client or destruction of one of his vehicles, provides an opportunity to improve his product. As the war spins out of control and Fidelis massages the underside of fear, he also exposes the greed and corruption of both the Americans and Iraqis. Ultimately, the chaos in Iraq breeds competitors, and Fidelis moves on to "new" opportunities in Afghanistan. Fidelis is simultaneously charming and creepy and the film, a fascinating and disturbing portrait of the excesses of capitalism in a world gone mad. (Barbara Pokras, A.C.E.)
Michael Tucker
Michael Tucker was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1966 and worked for two years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska until an accident on a factory trawler led him to pick up his first camera.

Petra Epperlein
Petra Epperlein was born in Karl Marx Stadt, GDR in 1966. After two years of work as a bricklayer, Epperlein studied architecture in Dresden where after receiving her diploma in 1991, she headed west to America.

Executive Producer(s): Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker
Director(s): Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker
Cinematographer(s): Michael Tucker
Editor(s): Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker
Sound Editor(s): Michael Tucker


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