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Hank: Five Years From the Brink
Directed by
Joe Berlinger

USA / 2013 / 85

World Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:

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Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
Joe Berlinger
For three weeks in September 2008, one person was charged with preventing the collapse of the global economy. No one understood financial markets better than Hank Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs. Yet Paulson wasn’t quite the pinstriped banker he appeared to be. A devout Christian Scientist with left-leaning politics, he’d refused two previous offers to be Secretary of the Treasury before finally accepting. In Hank: Five Years From the Brink, Paulson tells the complete story of how he persuaded banks, congress, and presidential candidates to sign off on nearly $1 trillion in bailouts—even as he found the behavior that led to the crisis, and the bailouts themselves, morally reprehensible. Directed by Academy Award nominee Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost Some Kind of Monster), the film features Paulson and his wife of 40 years, Wendy. It’s a riveting portrait of leadership under unimaginable pressure—and a marriage under unfathomable circumstances. –Courtesy Lincoln Center
Academy Award®-nominated and two-time Emmy and Peabody winner Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. Films include the landmark documentaries Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, a film that re-defined the rockumentary genre. His Amazon oil pollution expose Crude recently triggered a high-profile First Amendment battle with Chevron.

His Emmy-winning Paradise Lost Trilogy for HBO spawned a worldwide movement to free "The West Memphis Three" from wrongful murder convictions, resulting in the three men walking out of prison in 2011 after 18 years of wrongful incarceration.

Berlinger's photographic work has appeared in The New York Times, ArtForum, Film Comment and Aperture, among others. He is a member of the DGA, WGA, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and National Board of Review.

Executive Producer(s): Jon Kamen, Dave O’Connor, Justin Wilkes
Producer(s): Jeanine Brand, Ari Palitz
Director(s): Joe Berlinger
Cinematographer(s): Bob Richman
Editor(s): Brett Mason
Composer(s)/Music: Ian Honeyman
Sound Designer(s): Eddie O’Connor


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