Crisis of Confidence

9 mins


Former President Jimmy Carter’s July 15, 1979 speech on America’s confidence amidst the energy crisis of that era came to epitomize what was later broadly perceived to be a failed presidency. Forty years later, the speech remains a stunningly earnest sermon from the future Sunday school teacher that — just maybe — was in fact gospel in its diagnosis of a profound crisis of the American spirit, rooted in materialism. Telluride-native Gabriel Lifton-Zoline illustrates Carter’s words with archival footage that seems to precisely validate everything he said.

Production Team

Gabriel Lifton-Zoline
Gabriel Lifton-Zoline
Stash Wislocki

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Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2020 Mountainfilm Festival.
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