J.C. Chandor possessed insider information immediately after the 2008 financial crash.
"My father had worked in investment banking, not as a trader, for years," said Chandor, director and writer of "Margin Call," his first feature film.
"I knew these characters, and I knew about their world. I thought I might be able to bring something to a film. There would be stories to be told."
Chandor also grasped early on that the collapse of large financial institutions, the government bailout of banks, and declines in the stock market would have a tsunami-size ripple effect on the United States and global economy.