Saeed Shariff Torres drives through the streets of Pittsburgh.

February 22, 2016

Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe Capture an FBI Informant

Craig Phillips in Interviews

To do a film about an undercover FBI anti-terror sting is already tricky territory to navigate, but filmmakers Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe infiltrated even deeper. In (T)ERROR, they gained unprecedented…...

FBI terrorism task force agents on surveillance mission
Beyond the Films

February 18, 2016

A Former FBI Agent Talks About Handling Informants

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

Since 2009, paid FBI informants have played a central role in nearly 50% of all domestic terrorism cases. Informants, who can earn up to $100,000 per case, are instructed to…...

Laura Poitras and Betty Medsger in studio discussing the documentary 1971.

May 19, 2015

1971 Followup: A Conversation with Laura Poitras and Betty Medsger

Independent Lens in Laura Poitras won an Academy Award for CitizenFour, her film about Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to the mainstream media and is now living…...


May 18, 2015

Johanna Hamilton Goes Back to 1971 to Find Burglars Who Revealed Illegal FBI Spying

Craig Phillips in

1971: A year before the Watergate scandal sent shockwaves through the United States, with no end in sight to the Vietnam War, and anti-war protests intensifying. In that same year a group of ordinary…...

Behind the Films

February 06, 2012

Contextualizing the Black Power Movement for a New Generation

Brooke Shelby Biggs in

Göran Olssen is something of an accidental anthropologist. When he unearthed reels of footage from Swedish television crews in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, he stumbled on…...