The documentary 'Informant' profiles Brandon Darby, a grassroots leftist activist. He and filmmaker Jamie Meltzer join HuffPost Live to discuss the complexities of the story.
Trailer for Informant.
Jamie Meltzer s brilliant documentary political thriller has a twist: we know who done it. His name is Brandon Darby. He started out as a leftwing activist and New Orleans do-gooder and ended up accepting standing ovations at Tea Party conventions. Along the way, his ideals shifted or at least his notion of who the good guys and the bad guys are and he became an FBI informant. Hero or villain? Patriot or turncoat? Snitch or savior? Director Jamie Meltzer isn t saying. He leaves that up to you, which is the thrill in the thriller.
The heart of the story happens when Darby, by then a paid FBI informant, travels with militant activists to the 2008 Republican National Convention, with the intent of stopping them before they break the law. When two young men end up storing Molotov cocktails in their basement, that s when things really get interesting
Excerpt from the documentary The Informant.
In this politically relevant documentary, director Jamie Meltzer turns his lens on activist-turned-informant Brandon Darby. Darby became famous among community organizers after defying authorities and heroically rescuing a friend during hurricane Katrina in New Orleans Ninth Ward, then helping to start a grassroots relief organization called Common Ground. He symbolized for many the potential power of radical activism.
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