PLAYING GOD with Attorney Ken FeinbergUSA | 2017 | 95 mins | Not Rated | Documentary
Saturday August 11, 2018, 7:30pm (Film Center)
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$15 General Admission, $12 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Starring Ken Feinberg
Ken Feinberg will join us for a Q&A afterward.
Why is the life of a firefighter who died a hero in the Twin Towers on September 11 worth a million dollars less than that of a stockbroker who lost his life in the same disaster? How much money should oil giant BP pay the countless fishermen on the Gulf of Mexico who is fighting for their livelihoods in the wake of the largest oil spill in history? How can ailing Vietnam vets be compensated for their suffering stemming from exposure to Agent Orange? What to decide for retired Teamsters faced with losing their hard-earned pensions due to no fault of their own? These questions almost appear cynical, but not for America’s disaster compensation specialist Ken Feinberg. Witness firsthand this charismatic and controversial US attorney who has been charged with the impossible task of assigning a dollar value to life when compensating victims of many of America’s most tragic events. We accompany Ken on his current high-profile cases, recall his most challenging, and pay visits to victims’ families. Do they feel that they have been fairly treated by America’s “special master”? This candid complex portrait reveals the man who puts a dollar value on human lives.
Kenneth R. Feinberg is one of the Nation’s leading experts in alternative dispute resolution, having served as Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the Department of Justice Victims of State-Sponsored Terrorism Fund, the Department of the Treasury’s TARP Executive Compensation Program and the Treasury’s Private Multiemployer Pension Reform program. He was also Special Settlement Master of the Agent Orange Victim Compensation Program. In 2010, Mr. Feinberg was appointed by the Obama Administration to oversee compensation of victims of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Most recently, he has served as Administrator of the New York State Dioceses’ Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Funds, the One Orlando Fund, the GM Ignition Switch Compensation Program, and One Fund Boston Compensation Program arising out of the Boston Marathon bombings. He is currently the Court-appointed Settlement Master in the Fiat/Chrysler Diesel Emissions class action litigation in San Francisco. He has been appointed mediator and arbitrator in thousands of complex disputes over the past 35 years.
“It’s a testament to the even-handed tone of “Playing God,” Karin Jurschick’s riveting profile of (Kenneth) Feinberg, that its subject comes across as halfway reasonable when bluntly discussing the cold calculations of his judgments.” - RogerEbert.com