Informant 2013

Informant

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Filmmaker Jamie Meltzer delves into the life of Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant.

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Jamie Meltzer
Screenwriter
Adam Spielberg
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T. Griffin
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Frazer Bradshaw
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John Kane
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Critic Reviews for Informant

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  • This is a multilayered film that not only exposes a man's contradictions - a do-gooder narcissist; a thoughtful, delusional activist - but also speaks volumes about the fringes on both sides of the political spectrum.

    October 24, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review
  • This timely documentary passes the test as a work of balanced journalism about a man of fascinating contradictions.

    October 18, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review
  • Anyone interested in movement politics in the 21st century will get plenty to ponder in this well-made doumentary.

    September 19, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review
  • If his methods don't come off smoothly, Mr. Meltzer's conclusion does leave you feeling that even the whole story would be cold comfort for those involved.

    September 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review
  • What emerges is a vague, often chilling impression of an unpredictable opportunist and provocateur who may not even be sure himself.

    September 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review
  • [An] evenhanded and carefully crafted documentary ...

    September 12, 2013 | Full Review

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  • Sep 16, 2013
    With the documentary "Informant," let's start with what is known: Brandon Darby once worked with a collective in post-Katrina New Orleans to provide basic services for the populace. Three years later, he goes undercover as an FBI informant to gather information on militant activists intent on disrupting the Republican Convention in Minneapolis. Needless to say, there are more than a few people who feel betrayed by this second part. But rewind and forget all the politics for a second, even though it is cool to see another collective in action doing a lot of good for the community. Before that, Darby drives from Austin, Tx to rescue his friend King from the floodwaters, thus making him a hero. But it is this same heroic attitude that makes him an ill fit for the everyday tasks of the collective where the workers are required to get their hands dirty, not to mention the meetings which while containing no action are necessary for forming ideas and hearing from members. So, frustrated, Darby looks elsewhere to continue being a hero and for the adulation he feels he deserves, even continuing to be given another chance while playing himself in this documentary. And I almost feel a little sorry for him, until about the last fifteen minutes.
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