Directed by Jamie Meltzer
81 min/ USA / 2012 / Not Rated
**Director Jamie Meltzer in attendance for a post-film Q+A.
Informant is a fascinating portrait of Brandon Darby, a radical left-wing activist turned FBI informant. The only film with access to Darby since his public confession, Informant meticulously constructs a picture of his life – before and after the many death threats he has received – through interviews and tense reenactments starring Darby himself. Darby’s version of events is accompanied – and often contradicted – by acquaintances and expert commentators, posing complicated questions about trust and the nature of reality. In addition to trying to unlock the mystery of Brandon Darby, Informant offers an powerful insider look at the hidden use of informants in contemporary America – an especially timely issue in light of the recent leaks about government surveillance.
Winner: Grand Jury Prize – 2012 Doc NYC; Winner: Best Documentary – 2012 Austin Film Festival; Winner of 3 other film festival awards