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June 15,2010

“It’s not that Bernie Madoff is a pyramid scheme. The whole economy is a pyramid scheme.” So says Michael Ruppert, the brilliant and insightful journalist at the center of COLLAPSE, a documentary that must be seen by anyone who cares about how we got here and what we must do to stay afloat in the years and decades ahead. Following festival success and acclaimed engagements in major markets, award-winning filmmaker Chris Smith’s latest cinematic exploration of a passionate American comes to DVD from MPI Media Group on June 15, 2010.

Can Michael Ruppert predict when your world will crumble? He certainly has shown remarkable foresight in the past. A former Los Angeles police officer turned investigative journalist, Ruppert predicted the current financial crisis five years ago when he was a cry in the wilderness about the real estate and credit bubbles. Now, in COLLAPSE, Ruppert warns of a new meltdown, one rooted in economics, covert U.S. policies and a seemingly inevitable oil shortage that may lead us all toward unprecedented global disaster. Is he a prophet who can clearly see America’s terrifying future, or a conspiracy theorist fueled by fear and paranoia? And if Ruppert is right, can this slide into catastrophe be stopped?

Called “superb” (Entertainment Weekly), “hypnotic and haunting” (Time Magazine) and “so masterfully made it’s impossible to look away” (, this sometimes harrowing, often poignant and always riveting look into the mind of “the ultimate outsider” is the most moving and important work yet from Chris Smith, the multi-award-winning director of “American Movie,” “The Yes Men” and “The Pool.”
COLLAPSE was an Official Selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival. It has been universally praised by a wide range of outlets. Variety called it “less wake-up call than four-alarm fire.” The Onion said, “You’ll leave the theater shaken.” “I don’t know when I’ve seen a thriller more frightening,” wrote Roger Ebert. “I couldn’t tear my eyes from the screen.” Movieline enthused: “Filmed in an empty warehouse setting with its chain-smoking subject fielding the skeptical filmmaker’s questions, COLLAPSE is designed to let viewers draw their own conclusions while underscoring the consequences of those conclusions; Smith lets nobody off the hook.”

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