Informant 2013 UNRATED CC

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Informant is a fascinating, gripping portrait of Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant, who has been alternately vilified and deified.

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Brandon Darby
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1 hour 22 minutes

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Informant

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Genres Documentary
Director Jamie Meltzer
Starring Brandon Darby
Supporting actors Lisa Fithian, Caroline Heldman, Michael May, David Hanners, Michael T Stewart
Studio Music Box Films
MPAA rating Unrated
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The director provides the informant with plenty of camera time, enough to hang himself.
Brad Rockwell
This review contains what is considered "plot spoilers." Since this is a documentary of events that have happened, I consider the ending a foregone conclusion.
The Movie Guy
I'd even recommend this be shown to the passionate and dangerously naïve in high schools and college, as an invaluable lesson on human nature.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Beeker on September 22, 2013
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This documentary is, at its core, about the stories people tell to themselves and others about their actions and place in the world. The director did a terrific job letting Mr. Darby express the painful and emotional arc of his career as an activist then an informant, juxtaposing his former anarchist and leftist friends throughout as contrary and interrogative voices. The film pressed home for me the messy and contingent nature of the political and moral spheres - yet for all that, at the end of the day, we are still compelled to act by what our best lights demand of us. That is the moral of Mr. Darby.
I would have liked to have seen more on what attracted Darby to Andrew Breitbart's Tea Party conservative populism. The irony that the so-called Tea Party is more in line with his original populist, anarchist, grassroots ideals than the Leftist power structures he came in contact with is a rich mine for, I hope, more analysis in future works.
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Excellent film about an FBI agent-provocateur who infiltrated left-wing activist groups in Austin, Texas and New Orleans. The director provides the informant with plenty of camera time, enough to hang himself. Unfortunately, Darby continues his work as a right-wing agent and apparently has had some role in stirring up right-wing attacks against Obama about the humanitarian crisis of child immigrants on the Texas border.
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I watched this documentary the day after the `NATO 3' -- the three loudmouthed activists who were charged as terrorists after being encouraged by undercover police officers to pour gasoline into empty bottles during the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago -- were sentenced to several [more] years of prison.

The NATO 3 case is very similar to a case during the 2008 Republican National Convention when a couple of young activists were arrested and sent to prison after creating some Molotov cocktails which they intended to use to damage empty police cars. In that case, the suspects were betrayed by an FBI informant who was a member of their activist group and acted as their mentor.

That informant, the infamous Brandon Darby, is the subject of this excellent documentary by Jamie Meltzer. In his review of Informant for his Vice blog, DJ Pangburn calls it an "unnecessary film" and a "failure of a documentary" charging that it merely provides Darby with a platform from which to spout his narratives. As Panburn puts it, "it's Brandon Darby's world, and we all are just living in it."

Kris Hermes, in his review on Huffington Post, makes the same complaint, that Meltzer allows Darby too much control of the film's narrative: "it's almost as if Darby decided one day to call up his friend Jamie Meltzer to let him know about a great movie idea." Allowing him a voice in yet another documentary, Hermes asserts, merely fortifies Darby's cult of personality

And they're right, the film is largely a mouthpiece for Darby (although it also provides context and tells the story through entertaining re-enactments and interviews). But that's also what makes the film so valuable -- not to mention just plain interesting.
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