Informant examines Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant who has been both vilified and deified, but never entirely understood. In 2005, Darby became an overnight activist hero when he traveled to Katrina-devastated New Orleans and braved toxic floodwaters to rescue a friend stranded in the Ninth Ward. Soon after, he became a founding member of Common Ground, a successful grassroots relief organization. After two young activists were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Darby shocked close friends and activists nationwide by revealing he had been instrumental in the indictment as an FBI informant. David Hanners, a journalist for St. Paul Pioneer Press, summarizes Darby, “When you interview people about Brandon Darby, you realize that everyone has a different idea of who he is.”
An absorbing puzzle with the potential to intrigue viewers all along the political spectrum.
A kind of “Fog of War” for the age of Occupy.
Mesmerizing and Timely! Informant is riveting as it slowly assembles a damning profile of its subject.
Smartly gives all sides of the story their chance to speak, creating an almost Rashomon-like viewing experience where we're encouraged to decide the truth on our own.
Grand Jury Prize – DOC NYC
Best Feature Documentary – Austin Film Festival
Best Documentary – Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival