The Forecaster

Germany | 2014 | 98 minutes | Karin Steinberger, Marcus Vetter

Using his mysterious Economic Confidence Model, Martin Armstrong predicted financial market crises and global conflicts with incredible precision, until the FBI seized his computer model and put him in prison for twelve years. Now he’s back—with his scariest prediction yet.

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In 1981, financial advisor Martin Armstrong founded Princeton Economics International. Using his mysterious Economic Confidence Model (based on a cryptic formula incorporating business cycles and the number Pi), the company became a financial juggernaut, predicting financial market crises and global conflicts with incredible precision. Armstrong’s lectures on the relationship between international finance and geopolitics garnered him a great deal of attention, first from the banking industry, and then from the FBI, who seized both his assets and his computer model, accusing him of running a three billion dollar Ponzi scheme. Though no judgment was passed against him, Armstrong spent the next twelve years in prison. Now he’s returned with his scariest prediction yet, the same warning that he made before his arrest—that a global debt crisis will begin in October 2015. Co-directors Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger use Georg Zengerling's striking widescreen cinematography to transport us from the financial corridors of Wall Street to the beaches of Australia and hotel rooms in Bangkok. Together, they weave archival footage, insider interviews, and courtroom illustrations into an unapologetically partisan portrait of a man who is either a singularly gifted con man, or possibly one of the most important whistleblowers of the modern era.

Director Biography
Marcus Vetter graduated in Economics and Media Theory, and has been working as a television producer and director. His work includes The Tunnel (1999), War Games (2002), The Unbreakables (2006), My Father the Turk (2006), and Heart of Jenin (2008). Karin Steinberger is a documentarian whose directing credits include the television documentary Hunger (2009), and an upcoming project entitled The Promise: The Story About Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom.

  • Director: Karin Steinberger, Marcus Vetter
  • Principal Cast: Martin Amstrong
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Producer: Marcus Vetter, Ulli Pfau, Michael Heiks
  • Cinematographers: Georg Zengerling
  • Editors: Marcus Vetter
  • Music: Sven Kaiser
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: VETTER: The International Criminal Court (Michèle Gentile, Doc, 2013), Cinema Jenin: The Story of a Dream (Doc, 2011), The Heart of Jenin (Lior Geller, Doc, 2008) STEINBERGER: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Autlook Filmsales