Boston-Bred Actor Daniel Washington Starring the Film Money Game – A Film Mirroring Economic Hardships of Pandemic

Along with the devastating loss of life in masses, the pandemic has also brought devastation upon the nations’ economy, particularly in America. An average American has gone through economic hardships and come to understand the severity of the unwanted pandemic crisis that occurred recently. The economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 has been severe, and some segments of the population have been hit harder than others.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a trying time for many, with the resulting economic fallout causing significant hardship for tens of millions of people who lost their jobs in the early months of the crisis. Just like the conditions after a big storm, it took a while for employment to pick up again after the pandemic. Even though there were some green shoots witnessed after pandemic, unemployment remained high throughout 2020. Thankfully, employment improvement and substantial relief measures helped reduce the very high levels of hardships seen in the summer 2020.

The economic issues faced by American middle-class people during the pandemic are mirrored in the film, Money Game. This film not only accurately depicts the economic hardships faced by middle-class Americans during the pandemic, but also provides valuable education about economics, finance, and their correlational aspects for a nation. The film portrays an illuminating look at how the pandemic has impacted the American economy, and offers a sobering reminder of the importance of financial literacy.

The film is directed and produced by Julian Lowenthal, a Franklin Country’s local. He was quick to point out how well his cast was able to portray the earnestness of their characters. Lowenthal, a Turners Falls resident, summarized Money Game as “Good Will Hunting meets Wolf of Wall Street.” The film is based on Christopher Galizio and Moses Grader’s white paper called “the $340 Trillion Problem”. Turners Falls, an unincorporated village and census-designated place in the town of Montague in Franklin County, was opted as the primary filming location of Money Game.

Chris Galizio also worked as an executive director for the film. Prior to working as an executive director, Galizio was a portfolio manager at Fidelity Institutional Asset Management from 2007 to 2017. So it all makes sense for him to contribute to this upcoming crime fiction Money Game. Galizio earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government from Wesleyan University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois.

In Money Game, Daniel Washington plays James – a single father with two daughters. The storyline follows him as he tries to manage pandemic life amidst an economic downturn; a story which will be all too familiar to audience in 2022.

The film begins with a discussion between James and Bryson Hill. While James is a single father of two daughters and is struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic, Bryson Hill, on the other hand, is the CEO of a multi-national company and earns in millions.

The lead cast members include Daniel Washington, who also happens to be a co-writer of the film, as James; Terrance McFadden Jr. as Bryson; Krishna Mitchell as Imani; Kris Sidberry as Christine; and Stephanie Bisono as Camila.

With real-life pandemic-inflicted economic hardships still affecting many Americans, Money Game is produced to resonate with viewers and reflect the story of an average American journey in 2021 to succeed. The movie is already getting buzz as the people have expected a bit too much from the movie with high hopes. So, hold your horses as the movie already wrapped up filming at the end of April 2022 and is set to release in mid-2023.  

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