WINNER, GRAND JURY PRIZE at DOC NYC
WINNER, BEST DOCUMENTARY at AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER, BEST DOCUMENTARY at SEBASTOPOL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER, BEST DOCUMENTARY at FARGO FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER, BEST EDITING at SALEM FILM FEST
“The Grand Jury Prize goes to a film that is thrilling from beginning to end,
that innovates documentary form, that takes a small corner of America and looks at our widest issues.
For its Rashomon-like investigation of a terrorist crime that did or didn’t happen, the Grand Jury Prize
goes to Informant.” - DOC NYC Jury Statement
“An absorbing puzzle with the potential to intrigue viewers all along the political spectrum.” – Variety
“A kind of “Fog of War” for the age of Occupy” – Indiewire
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.
As the only film with access to Darby since his public confession, Informant meticulously constructs a portrait of his life —
before and after the death threats — through interviews with Darby and tense reenactments starring the man himself.
Darby’s version of events are accompanied and often contradicted by commentary from acquaintances and expert commentators
on various points along the political spectrum.