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Informant (2013)



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The only film with access to Darby since his public confession, Informant meticulously constructs a picture of his life - before and after the death threats - through interviews and tense reenactments starring Darby himself. Darby's version of events is accompanied - and often contradicted - by evidence from acquaintances and expert commentators on various points along the political spectrum, posing complicated questions about trust and the nature of reality. As David Hanners of St. Paul Pioneer Press suggests, "When you interview people about Brandon Darby, you realize that everyone has a different idea of who he is." (c) Music Box
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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.

Full Review… | October 24, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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This timely documentary passes the test as a work of balanced journalism about a man of fascinating contradictions.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
Miami Herald
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Anyone interested in movement politics in the 21st century will get plenty to ponder in this well-made doumentary.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
New York Times
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What emerges is a vague, often chilling impression of an unpredictable opportunist and provocateur who may not even be sure himself.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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[An] evenhanded and carefully crafted documentary ...

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
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This guy was nuts. Don't know how either "side" trusted him. Interesting documentary for sure but what a snake oil salesman.

Tracy Fortenberry
Tracy Fortenberry

Even though this doc is firmly grounded in politics, it's real subject is a character study of the kind of egomaniac that doesn't care what he really believes--as long as he's the center of attention.

Michael Manley
Michael Manley

An interesting look at a very confusing and bizarre story. Writer/director Jamie Meltzer certainly wanted to show both sides of this story, but I'm not sure he accomplished it. It's certainly not a bad documentary, but I found myself losing interest and zoning out more than once.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

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