Date: March 25th at 7PM at the Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Details: 82min, USA, 2012. New England Premiere.
Filmmaker: Jamie Melzter
Synopsis: Vilified by some and venerated by others as the FBI informant largely responsible for the imprisonment of two youths following the 2008 Republican National Convention, Brandon Darby was once a charismatic activist mythologized by the American Left for his daredevil aid work in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Informant meticulously constructs a portrait of his life—before and after the death threats—through intimate interviews with Darby and tense reenactments starring the man himself. These aspects are accompanied and often contradicted by commentary from acquaintances and expert commentators on various points of the political spectrum.
Filmmaker Jamie Meltzer in Attendance for Post Screening Q&A
WINNER OF THE GRAND JURY PRIZE at DOC NYC
WINNER OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARD at the AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
The screening of THE INFORMANT will be preceded by GOLD PARTY, a short film from Boston based filmmaker, Nellie Kluz. Gold is a commodity that thrives in uncertain economic climates, and rising gold prices over the past few years have created a boom industry around precious metal scrap. Watching gold scrap dealers at work, this documentary provides a window into one small corner of a global economic market.