By Sophia Savage | Indiewire February 8, 2012 at 1:42PM
"Unraveled," a documentary about philanthropist and attorney Marc Dreier-- who was disgraced after orchestrating a massive fraud, only days before Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme was uncovered -- will be distributed by Go Digital in the US.
The film, from director attorney-turned-director Marc H. Simon ("Nursery University," "After Innocence"), will land in theaters and VOD April 13. The film will also play on Showtime and CNBC.
The film played the Los Angeles Film Festival, Hot Docs, IDFA, Nantucket, Doc NYC and more. Check out Indiewire's LAFF interview with Simon here.
Simon says, "I had this very unique opportunity to delve into the complexities of one of the most notorious white collar criminals in history, and audiences have been fascinated by Dreier’s revelations. I am thrilled for this distribution team to take this cautionary tale to the masses.” He notes that when these financial crimes are discovered, the public becomes "deeply curious about how the perpetrators, often highly intelligent and respected individuals in their communities, are capable of risking everything good in their lives for material or other superficial gain."
More in the synopsis below:
Just days before Bernard Madoff captured headlines as the largest Ponzi schemer in U.S. history, Marc Dreier,
a prominent Manhattan attorney, was arrested for orchestrating a massive fraud scheme that netted hundreds
of millions of dollars from hedge funds. Brazen forgeries and impersonations branded the white-collar crime
spree remarkable. UNRAVELED is set in the "purgatory" of house arrest - - an upper East Side penthouse -
- where the Court has ordered Dreier confined until his sentencing day. The film weaves Dreier's struggle to
prepare for the possibility of life imprisonment with first-person flashbacks, which reveal his audacious path of
destruction. Destroyed by his own hubris, Dreier attempts to grasp his tragic unraveling. With unprecedented
access, UNRAVELED exposes a portrait of a man who achieved the distinction he so desperately craved, but not
for his keen intellect or ambition, but rather as a "mastermind of criminal deception.”