For the past 25 years acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles, Thin, kids+money, #likeagirl) has traveled the world, documenting a vast range of cultural movements and moments. Yet, after so much seeking and searching, she realized that much of her work pointed at one uniting phenomenon: wealth culture.
In her new documentary film, Generation Wealth, she puts the pieces of her life’s work together for in an incendiary investigation into the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen.
Generation Wealth promises to be a filmmaker, an artist’s deeply personal journey, a historical essay, and raucously entertaining expose that exposes if not examines the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of capitalism, narcissism, and greed.
Spanning consumerism, beauty, gender, body commodification, aging and more, Greenfield has created a comprehensive cautionary tale about a culture heading straight for the cliff’s edge. Generation Wealth seems to be a deeply personal journey, a historical essay, and raucously entertaining expose that bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of capitalism, narcissism, and greed.
About the artist, filmmaker Lauren Greenfield
Lauren Greenfield is an American artist. She is a documentary photographer, and documentary filmmaker who has has published four photographic monographs, and has directed four documentary features, including the 2012 The Queen of Versailles, documenting the lavish lifestyle of Jackie Siegel and David Siegel, owners of Westgate Resorts, as they embark on building their dream private residence — Versailles, one of the largest and most expensive single-family houses in the United States — and the crisis they face as the U.S. economy starts to sinks.
Her 2006 film Thin (distributed by HBO) which focused on a special facility in Coconut Creek, Florida specializing in the treatment of women with eating disorders.
Greenfield has produced four traveling exhibitions and published in magazines throughout the world.
Generation Wealth, the documentary film opens in Los Angels and New York on July 20, 2018.
Watch the official trailer for the film.