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…...
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…...
May 19, 2015
1971 Followup: A Conversation with Laura Poitras and Betty Medsger
Independent Lens in
https://www.youtube.com/embed/nSGzVLcNR-E 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…...
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…...