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Nov 12th, 2010
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With “an elegiac poignancy” (New York Times), director James Allen Smith’s Floored ” captures the waning heyday of the Chicago Trading Pits” (ABC News) and tells the bizarre and gripping stories of the traders—”overgrown kids with money, brains and a pathological need to release stress” (Barron’s) whose chaotic, audacious and thrill-seeking way of life has all but vanished with the recent shift toward automated computerized stock trading.

“A lively documentary about a profession that has almost been wiped out” (Bloomberg.com), Floored takes audiences into the lives of the Chicago trading floor’s everyman—from those who have gracefully adapted to the new age of electronic trading to those who have defiantly refused to change—and offers a fascinating examination of the never-ending pursuit of the American Dream. Prairie Miller of News Blaze calls Floored “a must-see about greed, material obsession, perpetually unfulfilled lust for loot, shoving matches, and suicide.”


Floored focuses on the working-class wolves who stalk Chicago… Director James Allen Smith delves deep…”  – Eric Hynes, Time Out

“(Floored) captures waning heyday of Chicago Trading Pits…”  – Michael Hirtzer, ABC News

“There’s an elegiac poignancy in James Allen Smith’s Floored”  – Andy Webster, The New York Times

“A must-see about greed, material obsession, perpetually unfulfilled lust for loot, shoving matches, and suicide.”  – Prairie Miller, News Blaze

“…a lively documentary about a profession that has almost been wiped out.”  – Rick Warner, Bloomberg.com

Floored profiles a handful of eccentric (read: obnoxious) traders attempting the difficult transition to electronic exchange. Stock-doc acknowledges the high-pressure stakes that led many traders to addiction and suicide…”  – Andrew Schenker, Village Voice

“I enjoyed the hell out of the film”  – Ain’t It Cool News

“This is a memorable portrait of men whose experience buying and selling futures hardly prepared them for what their own future held in store.”  – J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

” (Smith) captured the traders when their lives were at a turning point.”  – Crain’s New York Business


At Festivals

Official Selection
Austin Film Festival

Iraq in Fragments
Mar 16th, 2010

Academy Award Nominee
Best Documentary

An opus in three parts, Iraq In Fragments offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the US presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied.

American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Winner of Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival documentary competition, the film was also awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, was named Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2007 Academy Awards.

Please Note: Special Features are different for DVD and Blu-ray discs

DVD Special Features

  • Interview with Director
  • Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Feature length audio commentary by Director
  • Dolby Digital 5.1

“. . . if Longley’s astonishing feat of poetic agitation has a precedent in the entire history of documentary, I’m not aware of it.” – Rob Nelson, The Village Voice

“[An] evocative, heartbreaking documentary told from three disparate but equally compelling perspectives: the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.” – Kevin Williamson, Jam!Movies

“Iraq in Fragments … is a well-crafted, thoughtful study of the dueling divisiveness and hope that will define the region long after foreign troops leave.” – John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

“A timely, lyrical and candid look at daily life in a post-invasion Iraq.” – Dennis Schwartz, Ozus’ World Movie Reviews

“James Longley’s haunting, oblique film, Iraq in Fragments, presents a collage of images, sounds and characters in an intimate, partial portrait of an unraveling nation.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

“The struggles recorded in his dazzling Iraq in Fragments aren’t battlefield conflicts, but the personal, religious and political efforts of Iraqi citizens to reassemble their shattered lives.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A remarkable example of the conjunction of a burningly topical and newsworthy subject with a brilliant filmmaker.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“The film is unusual among Iraq documentaries for its impressionistic, frequently gorgeous cinematography and for its structure …” – Kyle Smith, New York Post

“A documentary of stunning immediacy and marvelous images…” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal



In Theaters

This film is not currently playing in theaters.

At Festivals

Best Director

Sundance Film Festival

Best Documentary

Gotham Awards

Best Documentary

IDA Awards

Academy Award Nominee: Best Documentary Feature, 2006


Home Video DVD copies also include Sari’s Mother, an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short, 2007. Also available on Blu-ray!

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