Audrey Marrs '96
On her first try at feature filmmaking, Audrey Marrs '96 scored an Oscar nomination. On her second, she won.
"Inside Job," a film Marrs produced about the corruption leading to the 2008 financial crisis, won the 2011 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. It is her second film with director Charles Ferguson; their first, "No End in Sight," a documentary chronicling the policy choices made by the Bush Administration during the run-up to the war in Iraq and the months immediately following the invasion, was nominated for an Oscar in 2008.
Narrated by Matt Damon, "Inside Job" traces "the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia." Marrs worked to secure interviews with major financial industry icons, journalists, academics and politicians from the U.S. and around the world, including Glenn Hubbard, Chief Economic Advisor during the Bush Administration, Jeffrey Lane, former Chairman and CEO of Bear Stearns Asset Management, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, current managing director of the International Monetary Fund, investor George Soros, former New York Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and author Charles Morris, one of the few people to predict the crisis before it happened.
In addition to its Academy Award, "Inside Job" was a 2010 Official Selection at the Cannes, New York, Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, and won Best Documentary from the New York Film Critics Circle. Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe called it "A masterpiece. Scarier than anything Wes Craven and John Carpenter have ever made…"
"No End in Sight" also collected many prizes, including Best Documentary by the National Society of Film Critics and a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The New Yorker’s movie critic David Denby called it the "best documentary on the Iraq occupation so far."
Marrs, who made a number of short films while studying studio art at Evergreen, was active in Olympia's indie music scene in the late 1990s. She played in several local bands including Mocket, Gene Defcon and Bratmobile. Before she began working on "No End in Sight" with Ferguson at his company Representational Pictures, Marrs studied curatorial practice at the California College of the Arts and was an independent curator of gallery exhibitions in San Francisco. She lives in Berkeley, Calif., with her husband Jesse Michaels.