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Two Raging Grannies

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Norway | 2014 | 78 minutes | Håvard Bustnes

Seattleites Shirley and Hinda are elderly best friends who are extremely concerned with the possibility of perpetual economic growth for the USA. Follow them on their mobility scooters from Seattle to Wall Street, as they demand answers and attention. Hinda Kipnis and Shirley Morrison scheduled to attend.

May 28, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Director Havard Bustnes and subjects Hinda Kipnis and Shirley Morrison scheduled to attend

May 29, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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Director Havard Bustnes and subjects Hinda Kipnis and Shirley Morrison scheduled to attend

May 30, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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Macroeconomics is an incredibly complex subject, so what can two old ladies from Seattle without financial training possibly add to the discussion about solving the global economic crisis? How about a little common sense? In this documentary by Norwegian filmmaker Håvard Bustnes, longtime activists and close friends Shirley Morrison and Hinda Kipnes take on the Great Recession with some wisdom learned from their own experience during the Great Depression. Cruising around on motorized scooters, the two lefty octogenarians question the logic of “growing the economy” by encouraging more consumerism at the expense of the environment. Using little more than the phone book, they reach out to economists, investment managers, mathematicians, and Wall Street tycoons to ask simple, direct, and polite questions about why economic growth is sacrosanct. The condescending reactions to these inquiries range from eye-rolling to exasperated rudeness from a college professor, who kicks them out of his economics lecture. Later, when Shirley and Hinda fly to New York to crash a Wall Street charity dinner, they strike a nerve, causing a hostile overreaction that is chilling to behold. Through their bodies are beginning to give out, these courageous and tenacious “grannies” never tire of spreading their message that unrestrained spending is, in Hinda’s words, “not the solution, it’s the problem.” Two Raging Grannies proves that you’re never too old to make a difference and to speak truth to power.

Director Biography

Norwegian filmmaker Håvard Bustnes studied television directing at Lillehammer University College. He established video production and web design company Klapp Media in 1998, and began directing TV documentaries for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp. Bustnes’ boxing documentary Big John (2008) received numerous awards, including the Amanda Price Award at the Nordic Panorama Documentary Festival and the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Festival.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Black Rapid Media, CityArts

Director: Håvard Bustnes
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Country: Norway, Denmark, Italy
Year: 2014
Running Time: 78 minutes
Producer: Håvard Bustnes, Christian Falch
Screenplay: Håvard Bustnes, Lars K. Andersen
Cinematographers: Viggo Aleksandr Morais Knudsen
Editors: Anders Teigen
Music: Ola Kvernberg
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Health Factory (Doc, 2010); Big John (Doc, 2008)
Language: English
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