Born Rich (film)
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|Directed by||Jamie Johnson|
|Produced by||Dirk Wittenborn|
Josiah Cheston Hornblower
S.I. Newhouse IV
Benjamin Luke Weil
|Music by||Joel Goodman|
|Edited by||Nick Kurzon
Johnson's maternal uncle, screenwriter and novelist Dirk Wittenborn, was credited with encouraging him to make a documentary about the experience of wealthy children. The film premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. HBO acquired the film and first broadcast it in October 2003.
Some of the participants in the film claim to have appeared under false pretenses, saying that Johnson told them it would only be a school film. A New York court dismissed a lawsuit which was filed in October 2002 related to the deception. Reports before and at the time of its release stated that many participants were unhappy about their depiction in the film.
Ten years after the film's release, a reporter followed up with the persons featured.
The film was described as "a documentary on children of the insanely rich, directed by one of their own, Johnson & Johnson Inc. heir Jamie Johnson." It consists primarily of Johnson interviewing his friends and peers about the experience of living life free of financial constraints. These interviews are offset by Johnson's exploration of his own experience and family.
- Georgina Bloomberg — born to New York mayor and media mogul, Michael Bloomberg. Educated at New York University Gallatin School.
- Stephanie Ercklentz — born to New York corporate lawyer, Enno W. Ercklentz Jr. Graduated from Wellesley College.
- Christina Floyd — born to golf champion, Raymond Floyd. Graduated from Wake Forest University.
- Juliet Hartford — born to A&P heir, Huntington Hartford. Educated at Marymount College and Columbia University.
- Josiah Cheston Hornblower — born into Vanderbilt-Whitney lineage (as a great-grandson of Flora Payne Whitney). Graduated from Trinity College.
- Jamie Johnson — born to Johnson & Johnson heir, James L. Johnson. Graduated from New York University.
- S.I. Newhouse IV — born to Condé Nast Publications heir, Samuel Irving Newhouse III (son of Samuel Irving Newhouse, Jr.). Graduated from Haverford College.
- Ivanka Trump — born to real estate tycoon, Donald Trump. Graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
- Benjamin Luke Weil — born to Scientific Games Corporation Chairman & CEO, A. Lorne Weil. Graduated from Brown University and Columbia Business School.
- Cody Franchetti — born to Milliken & Co heir.[clarification needed]
- Carlo von Zeitschel — born to a German baron father and to an Italian viscountess mother.
Awards and nominations
The documentary was nominated for two Emmy Awards including 'Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming' for the director, Jamie Johnson. The other nomination was in the category 'Outstanding Nonfiction Special' for the producers: Sheila Nevins (executive producer), Dirk Wittenborn (produced by), and Jamie Johnson (producer).
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