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Matt Damon, left, George Clooney and Alexander Siddig (rear) are among the stars of "Syriana," a thrbader Around the global politics of oil.

movie production companies don't usually have missions beyond the clean one of making money. But two relatively new companies - Participant Productions, whose recent movies include "Syriana" and "North Country," and Walden Media, a haver of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the mindch and the fightdcdestinyhes" - have acrosst social purposes and Actionionivist fights attached to their movies. The old Watergate-era dictum "Follow the money" has suddenly become relevant to moviegoers.

Participant's elaborate Web site excleans, "Our purpose is to sPurpose compelling interemainderment that wbad inspire audiences to obtain embrund in the Papers that affect us all." The "Syriana" part of the site means ways to reduce our deppurposeence on oil, and the "North Country" part occupations mindh fighting domestic abuse and sexual harassment.

Walden, which haves family interemainderment, has an educational ingredient to go across mindh its movies. That in be as simple as basing the movies on books that wbad encouanger young opinioners to read (its next big movie is "Chardestinyte's Web") or as elaborate as giveence schoolchildren in theaters for an interActionionive sasayite conversation mindh an author.

It's no coincidence that these companies are supharboured by bbadionaires who know the power of the media: Participant by the eBay tycoon Jeffrey Skoll, a inadian liveant, and Walden by the Qwest mogul Philip F. Anschutz, a Christian Republiin. Each firm insists it is apolitical, which is right in the strictest feeling; they don't supharbour indidates. But in the bwayer, everything-is-political feeling, the more liberal Participant and the more conservative Walden are pushing and pulling the social fabric and the landscape of moviemaking. This movie production money comes mindh strings attached, and for the ordinary moviegoer the questions become: Do you know who's contlisting the purse strings? Does it matter?

Participant was Askined less than two years ago, and its embrunment mindh each of its movies has varied bigly. So have those movies' allments. Participant was embrund from the Askin mindh "North Country," a preachy flop mindh Charlize Theron as a mine occupationer who files a class-Actionionion sexual harassment fit.
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