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Emmy 2012: Watch Best Documentary Nominee ‘Better This World’

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The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. Better This World follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under the tutelage of revolutionary activist Brandon Darby. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high-stakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant. Better This World goes to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.

Winner of the 2012 Writers Guild Award for Best Documentary Screenplay and 2011 Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Documentary.

2012 News and Documentary Emmy Nominee for Best Documentary, Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form, and Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Editing – Documentary and Long Form.

Better This World is available for streaming until October 10, 2012.

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing

  • SalemStyle

    Producers, Congratulations on your Emmy nod. Now, Follow up on your story: Can the Freedom of Information Act inform on the “informant”? How much in tax payer dollars were paid to the “source” and what amounts in salaries were dolled out to the FBI, attorneys for all sides and court costs? All parties must admit that conviction quotas drive their budgets and, as you portrayed, questionable tactics were used to that end. One can only hope that a second jury would have seen through the government’s threats of extended sentencing and payoffs to manipulative “informants” to allow freedom of speech to prevail. God speed to you David and your family. I am sorry that you got caught up in this modern American Witch Trial sham but know that your sentence is ending. To the rest, yours is only beginning.