Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream

This week on “Independent Lens” Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in “Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream.” Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States. He uses Park Avenue in New York to prove his theory. Apparently 740 Park Avenue in Manhattan is currently home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the country. Across the river and less than five miles away, Park Avenue continues to run right through the South Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in the United States. I guess if you were going to compare rich to poor in this country you might go for the extremes as Gibney does in his film. I’ll let you decide if this was the right approach.
“Independent Lens: Park Avenue; Money, Power & The American Dream” airs Sunday, Nov. 18 at 10pm on WOSU TV with an encore presentation Friday, Nov. 23 at 1:00am.