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YouTube Comedy Series EconPop Spoofs WALL-E

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New Show Examines Economics Through Lens of Film and Popular Culture

AUSTIN, Texas, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today EconPop, the new YouTube web series by the Moving Picture Institute and Emergent Order, released "The Economics of WALL-E."  The series, hosted by Moving Picture Institute fellow and comedian Andrew Heaton, is not your average movie review show: EconPop uses humor to examine how popular films portray economic ideas, such as the tragedy of the commons, property rights, consumerism, and unintended consequences.

"Some people like WALL-E because it tells a unique love story, features cutting-edge animation, and is family-friendly," said Moving Picture Institute representative Lana Harfoush. "Fans might not realize WALL-E can prompt exciting discussions about economics. Our latest EconPop episode explores how technological advancements can solve big problems and how property rights can aid sustainability efforts," added executive producer John Papola.

EconPop airs every month on the EconStories YouTube channel. Previous episodes have covered Ghostbusters, Dallas Buyers Club, and House of Cards. Each episode is accompanied by in-depth, audio podcasts featuring EconPop host Andrew Heaton and scholars such as literature professor Paul Cantor and economist Steve Horwitz.

ABOUT ECONSTORIES

EconStories connects great economics with new audiences through storytelling and entertainment. Founded by John Papola (CEO of Emergent Order, the creative agency that produces EconStories) and Russ Roberts (John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution), EconStories' first two rap videos, Fear the Boom & Bust and Fight of the Century, have been seen by millions. John Papola is an award-winning writer, producer, and director with more than a decade of experience in broadcast television with MTV, Nickelodeon and Spike TV.

ABOUT THE MOVING PICTURE INSTITUTE

The Moving Picture Institute (MPI) is a charitable and educational tax-exempt foundation that promotes freedom through film. It does so by developing its own media content in-house, and supporting filmmakers at every phase of their careers. MPI films win awards, appear in theaters and on television, and have drawn praise from the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and more. MPI is supported entirely by the generous contributions of individuals, foundations, and corporations.

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