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Free Lunch Society
Free Lunch Society: Komm Komm Grundeinkommen
Directed byChristian Tod
Produced byArash T. Riahi

Karin C. Berger

Robert Cibis

Lilian Franck

Raphael Barth

Karin C. Berger

Sabine Gruber

Sarah Nagel
Screenplay byChristian Tod
StarringPeter Barnes

Petra Barthel

Tiffany Beroid

Michael Bohmeyer

Marshall Brain

Charles Brown

Erik Brynjolfsson

Sal Conte

Dieter Dohr

Rudolphine Eigowas

Robert Finch

Evelyn Forget

Milton Friedman

Joseph Ganeb

Dileep George

Daniel Göhring

Daniel Häni

Lyndon Johnson

Zephania Kameeta

Martin Luther King

Walter Lynn Jr.

Charles Alan Murray

Richard Nixon

Frances Fox Piven

Johannes Ponader

Ronald Reagan

Amy Richardson

Donald Rumsfeld

Emmanuel Saez

Bernie Sanders

Friedrich Stickler

Fran Ulmer

Alissa Wardwell

Nathan Wardwell

Albert Wenger

Götz W. Werner

George Wiley
Narrated byPetra Barthel
Music byPeter Rösner
CinematographyLars Barthel Joerg Burger
Edited byCordula Werner Elke Groen
Production
company
OVALmedia
Distributed byOVALmedia
Release date
1 February 2018
Running time
95 min.
CountryGermany
LanguageGerman English

Free Lunch Society is a 2017 German documentary film directed by Christian Tod, concerning an investigation into the concept of a universal basic income. Comprised of talking head interviews with notable economists, entrepreneurs, political scientists and politicians, archive footage and voice-over, the film explores both contemporary thinking on, and historical precedent for, the idea of basic income as a fundamental human right

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

The film takes as it's thesis the idea that an unconditional basic income might be considered as a fundamental human right. Free Lunch Society then investigates various ideological interpretations of this thesis, configuring it as variously a 'visionary reform project', a 'neo-liberal axe at the roots of the welfare state', and a 'romantic leftist social utopia'.[1] The film attempts to demonstrate the differing effects an unconditional basic income would have on different economic environments.

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Peter Barnes
  • Petra Barthel
  • Tiffany Beroid
  • Michael Bohmeyer
  • Marshall Brain
  • Charles Brown
  • Erik Brynjolfsson
  • Sal Conte
  • Dieter Dohr
  • Rudolphine Eigowas
  • Robert Finch
  • Evelyn Forget
  • Milton Friedman
  • Joseph Ganeb
  • Dileep George
  • Daniel Göhring
  • Daniel Häni
  • Zephania Kameeta
  • Walter Lynn Jr.
  • Charles Alan Murray
  • Frances Fox Piven
  • Johannes Ponader
  • Amy Richardson
  • Emmanuel Saez
  • Friedrich Stickler
  • Fran Ulmer
  • Alissa Wardwell
  • Nathan Wardwell
  • Albert Wenger
  • George Wiley

Production[edit | edit source]

Director Christian Tod states that the subject of the film has it's basis in lines of dialogue from the episode 'The Neutral Zone' of Star Trek - Next Generation[2] - included in the films opening - wherein a cryogenically frozen banker from the 21st Century wakes up to discover that by the 24th Century money no longer exists.[3] It was from this premise that Tod was able to synthesise his interests in Science, Science-Fiction and Economics, into the eventual basis for Free Lunch Society.

Production of the documentary was handled by OVALmedia, in collaboration with Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices GMBH[4]. The film was distributed by OVALmedia in Germany and by Autlook internationally.[5]

Release[edit | edit source]

The German premiere took place on the evening of February 1, 2018, during a crowd-sourced screening event, at which the film played on over 100 screens across Germany. OVALmedia distributed the film to over 100 German cinemas, as well as to members of the public, who arranged community screenings of the film all over Germany.[6] This was achieved in collaboration with Mein Grundeinkommen (My Basic Income), a crowdfunding platform designed to provide users with crowd-sourced basic income.[7]

Reception[edit | edit source]

In it's opening weekend Free Lunch Society debuted at No. 8 on the Art House charts.[8]

Awards and Nominations[edit | edit source]

Award Date of Ceremony Category Recipient and Nominees Result
CPH:DOX[9] March 19-26, 2017 F: ACT Award Christian Tod Nominated
Politken's Audience Award Christian Tod Nominated
Zurich Film Festival[10] September 28 - October 8, 2017 Golden Eye, Best Film in Focus Switzerland Christian Tod Nominated

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "FREE LUNCH SOCIETY". FREE LUNCH SOCIETY. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  2. "Interview with Christian Tod: The filmmaking champion of basic income | VIENNA SHARES". www.viennashares.org. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  3. "The Neutral Zone (episode)". Memory Alpha. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  4. "http://oval.media/en/". oval.media (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-02-08. External link in |title= (help)
  5. "Film detail page". www.autlookfilms.com. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  6. Wagner, Pia (2018-01-27). "Das Bedingungslose Grundeinkommen schafft's ins Kino | enorm Magazin". enorm Magazin (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  7. "Mein Grundeinkommen". Was wäre, wenn du plötzlich Grundeinkommen hättest? - Mein Grundeinkommen (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  8. programmkino.de. "Programmkino, Filme, Kritiken, Kunstkino, Arthouse-Kino, AG Kino-Gilde". www.programmkino.de. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  9. "CPH:DOX - EN - Home". CPH:DOX. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  10. "Zurich Film Festival". Zurich Film Festival. Retrieved 2018-05-28.

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