Project Description

Cover for the film, Merchants of Doubt. Features a magnifying glass over a collage of pictures.

Merchants of Doubt

2014 · PG-13 · 1 hr 36 min

Synopsis

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

About the Filmmakers

Merchants of Doubt was produced by Robert Kenner and Melissa Robledo and with Participation Media. Find out more about the film at sonyclassics.com/merchantsofdoubt.

Reviews

“Merchants spends much of its running time exposing trends of political subterfuge before working in an earnest call to action regarding climate change.” William Goss, The Austin Chronicle

“An intelligent, solidly argued and almost too-polished takedown of America’s spin factory — that network of professional fabricators, obfuscators and pseudo-scientists who have lately attempted to muddle the scientific debate around global warming — this is a movie so intrigued by its designated villains that it almost conveys a perverse form of admiration, and the fascination proves contagious.” – Justin Chang, Telluride Film Review: Merchants of Doubt

“I watched this last night, and it is very, very good. The movie departs from the book in that it presents interviews with the movers and shakers on both sides of the debate. The thing that struck me was the varying attitudes of the deniers. Some, like Fred Singer, appear completely sincere in their beliefs. To others, like Marc Moreno, it is all just a game, and Moreno gleefully describes sending anonymous death threats to climate scientists. The movie was more restrained and balanced than I had expected. For the most part, it doesn’t attack the deniers but lets them speak for themselves. The deniers convict themselves with their own words.” – Hotei, Amazon

“I loved this documentary! Let me say that I’m a fan of Michael Moore’s documentaries, as well, but I found Merchants of Doubt to be more appealing across the political spectrum, instead of polarizing. The mechanism of contrasting these cases to magic, in which participants and observers are willingly duped, set the stage for some startling (and not-so-startling) revelations about tobacco, fire retardant, and climate change experts.” – A. Fabbro, Amazon

“Great Documentary! I think millennials, such as myself, should really watch this film as there are a lot of alarming facts that I’m sad to say I had no idea about and it really shows how yellow journalism preformed by major news stations and random dubious articles or information on the internet can be misleading if you don’t put in the proper research. I hope to see more recognition and public awareness of this film soon.” – Gabriella Hernandez, Amazon

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Cover for the film, Merchants of Doubt. Features a magnifying glass over a collage of pictures.

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