The Panama Papers details the unprecedented coordination of journalists from around the world working in secret, at great personal risk, to expose the largest data leak in history: a global corruption scandal involving corrupt power brokers, the uber-rich, elected officials, dictators, cartel bosses, athletes and celebrities who had used the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca to hide their money. The story cracked open a hidden network of tax evasion, fraud, cronyism, bribing government officials, rigging elections, and murder.
“I am thrilled and honored to be working with EPIX again to tell this story. The Panama Papers strikes at the heart of the issues of corruption and inequality, which is an especially important story in our current political climate,” said Winter.
The Panama Papers strikes at the heart of the biggest themes of our times; income inequality, whistleblowers and corrupt power-brokers manipulating world governments and big business. The Panama Papers is produced by Robert Friedman, Alex Winter and Glen Zipper and is Executive Produced by Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook.
Prolific filmmaker Alex Winter last collaborated with EPIX on the multiple award-winning documentary Deep Web, which, following its EPIX premiere, opened as the #1 documentary on iTunes when it went wide in September 2015. Winter has recently completed two short documentary films for Laura Poitras’s Field of Vision; Relatively Free and Trump’s Lobby. He is now completing the documentary feature Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain for SingularDTV and Futurism Studios. His next project is Zappa; the first all-access documentary on the life and times of Frank Zappa. The Kickstarter campaign for this project was the highest funded documentary in crowdfunding history.
Producer Robert Friedman added, “As a filmmaker, Alex captured both the intrigue and drama of one of the most compelling stories of this decade, providing a unique and inside look at the heroic journalists involved in the Panama Papers.”
Friedman’s recent projects include the Emmy Award-winning GIVE for NBC, the feature documentaries Spring Broke on Showtime, We the People: The Market Basket Effect, HBO’sParadise Lost, Sundance’s Iconoclasts, Under African Skies for A&E, the upcoming four-part docu-series The Preppie Murder for Sundance and the Clive Owen feature film The Confirmation.
“Collaborating with Alex to tell this story at such a volatile moment in American history felt like going on a mission. I can’t wait to share this film with the world, and look forward to the important conversations I know it will engender,”
said Zipper Bros. Films founder Glen Zipper.
In addition to producing the Academy Award® winning documentary Undefeated, Glen Zipper recently produced HBO’s critically acclaimed Elvis Presley: The Searcher, and is currently producing Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming Untitled Muhammad Ali Documentary as well as Season 2 of Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tourbus.
“Field of Vision is thrilled to collaborate with Alex on The Panama Papers. It is a vitally important story about the hidden world of international corruption, and the real-world risks that sources and journalists are willing to take,”
said Laura Poitras.