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Every May, thousands of clamoring followers make a yearly pilgrimage to Omaha, Nebraska. They come from all 50 states and 12 countries eager to ogle, touch or, perhaps, even speak with a 70 year old financial legend, billionaire Warren Buffett.
In an era where technology stocks have catapulted people to the status of overnight millionaires and sent them crashing back down again, Buffett has eschewed the fast-paced IT stock action. Many shareholders deserted the sinking ship of Buffett’s company, convinced that his investment genius had reached its heyday. Warren Buffett, who has beaten the S&P 500 almost every year for three decades, was suddenly seen as an investment dinosaur. But as the IT bubble burst, he has once again re-emerged as a pre-eminent financial genius who stuck by his long-term investment philosophy.
His company’s annual meeting in Omaha is a tribute to his philosophy... sort of. His hordes of fans long to know the secret to his success but find it difficult to attain his level of patience with an investment decision. While Buffett deliberately sidesteps the trappings that are often associated with wealth, it's difficult to tell if his fans are more interested in him or the status that he symbolizes. No one has made heroes of financial tycoons quite like the people who zealously follow the Oracle of Omaha.
"Oracle of Omaha" is a 60-minute documentary shot on High Definition. The film features interviews with Peter Lynch, biographer Roger Lowenstein, The Motley Fools, Warren Buffett’s children and Buffett himself. The film was directed by Lisa D. Gildehaus and is a Riveting Pictures production.
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Producer/Director Lisa Gildehaus grew up in a small farming community near St. Louis, Missouri, and attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she began working at Iowa Public Television. Before launching Riveting Pictures in November 1998, she was working as a documentary producer and head of feature film development with a company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gildehaus is making her directorial debut with Oracle of Omaha, the documentary about billionaire Warren Buffett and his annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. She currently has three screenplays, two television pilots, one short film, and several documentaries in the works. She has also begun to work in theatre as an assistant director and stage manager. Gildehaus currently resides in Milwaukee working in the commercial industry. However, she plans to break her Midwestern tour with a move to Prague, Czech Republic, in 2001 where she intends to continue working in both film and theatre and has d! esigns on learning Czech styles of puppeteering.Review:
"Oracle" deftly weaves together shareholder high-jinks with insights on Buffett by... Peter Lynch, the Motley Fools... and Buffett's kids. -- Money magazine, December 2000
"Oracle" nicely captures this cult of Buffett and offers a glimpse of the man himself. -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 19, 2001
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