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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cleveland vs. Wall Street Premiers at Cannes, Doesn't Include Violent Retributions

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Wed go medieval on their asses.
  • We'd go medieval on their asses.

Cleveland may one day recover from the foreclosure crisis that has rocked the city, but Cleveland will never get true justice for what the Wall Street douchetards did. JPMorgan and the rest aren't funneling cash back to the residents that lost their houses, with few exceptions, ain't none of those bankers going to jail, and some grandma from Brookpark will never get the chance to kick Goldman Sachs employee in the shins.

In cinema land, however, Cleveland gets a shot at retribution. "Cleveland vs. Wall Street" premieres May 16 at Cannes. Is it a violent thriller staged in a foreclosed Cleveland house where hordes of the foreclosed masses go reckless Rust Belt on some banker ass?

Not exactly.

If you couldn't guess from the title, it's not a bloody righteous revenge film, it's a trial, filmed documentary style.

Empowering & Strengthening Ohio's People, a Cleveland-based community organizing group known as ESOP, said the film was born three years ago when a director of Swiss production company Saga Productions contacted ESOP.

ESOP has been one of the most active groups in working with banks and Wall Street firms to stem the foreclosures that have taken a severe toll on the region.

Ohio, with 33,221 foreclosure filings in the first quarter, is one of 10 states that account for more than 70 percent of foreclosures in the United States, according to RealtyTrac.

A jury in the film delivers a verdict on a "modern-day tale about capitalism and its pitfalls," said ESOP, which works closely with Wall Street banks or affiliates including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup Inc and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. A former board member of ESOP, Barbara Anderson, is featured in the film.

The verdict doesn't by chance involve a tire iron and a blow torch, does it?

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