Check out the Nomadic Film Academy’s five inspirational movies for entrepreneurs to provide you with a unique way of learning about film for business!
1) The Social Network
The Social Network is a blockbuster, that was released in 2010.
The film gives viewers a better understanding of how to make a startup succeed by exhibiting such qualities as being flexible and resilient. It shows the meteoric rise of the world’s youngest billionaire, once a Harvard student – Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg took a simple idea and turned it into one of the most profitable businesses to date. The movie teaches us a lot on how to scale a company from a dorm room to the most successful social media platform the world has ever seen!
“The internet’s not written in pencil, Mark, it’s written in ink.” – The Social Network
2) Thank You For Smoking
Thank You for Smoking is the perfect film for someone who wants to learn a few tricks on how to sell just about any product.
The film tells the story of tobacco industry lobbyist Nick Naylor who creatively spins arguments to defend the cigarette industry in the most challenging of situations. But tobacco really only serves as the stage on which to satirize our culture of public relations, political correctness, and spin. This is a great watch for those wanting to learn a few things about crisis management, corporate communications, PR and negotiation tactics.
“That’s the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you’re never wrong” – Thank You For Smoking
Startup.com is a 2001 documentary film that examines the rise and fall of the real-life startup GovWorks that raised $60 million from Hearst Interactive Media, KKR, the New York Investment Fund, and Sapient. It’s good viewing to better understand the boom and bust of the dotcom period and serves as a cautionary tale on how friendships can easily be threatened by business partnerships.
This documentary has all the necessary ingredients to learn a few great lessons about the internet bubble. A rise in competition, lifelong friendships on the line, and do-or-die ambitions all combine to form a deadly cocktail for an internet startup.
“It’s about the money. Don’t BS me. It’s obviously about the money.” – Startup.com
The true story of how Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane disrupted baseball by using computer-generated analysis to recruit players and build a powerhouse team.
The team didn’t have the finances to spend on players, so Beane had to discover a unique way to compete. The team is an underdog and is losing a lot of money, all of their star players have been picked up by bigger teams.
This movie shows how entrepreneurs can take an innovative approach to an existing way of doing business, and beat out the competition with little to no money.
“When your enemy’s making mistakes, don’t interrupt him.” – Moneyball
5) The Pursuit of Happiness
Based on the true story of Chris Gardner, this is an inspiring story of a struggling salesman, who losses everything, including his wife, house and money. Instead of wallowing in self-pity and defeat, Chris picks himself up, works harder and smarter than the competition to make life better for himself and his son.
It’s a powerful motivational movie based on a true story, that will give you goosebumps and help you see the value of having a good attitude and strong work ethic in the pursuit of happiness and a better life.
It adds in a gripping sense of reality and a powerful, yet simple message: never give up.
“The world is your oyster. It’s up to you to find the pearls.” – The Pursuit of Happiness