This Revolution

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Filmmaker and activist Stephen Marshall, creator of the video news magazine Channel Zero and founder of Guerilla News Network, blends fiction with reality in this feature, shot in part during the 2004 Republican National Convention. Jake (Nathan Crooker) is a television news cameraman who has returned to the United States after a long assignment covering the war in Iraq. Jake is looking for work, but he doesn't always play ball with upper-level network heads, much to the annoyance of his girlfriend, Chloe (Amy Redford), a producer for a major cable news outlet. Adding to his mixed feelings about his job, Jake learns through experience that violent footage is what sells best, and that network higher-ups have turned over tape he shot of war protests to the Department of Homeland Security, violating his trust with activists attached to an anarchist collective. While in New York City to cover the Republican convention, Jake befriends a young boy (Brendan Sexton III), and in time meets his mother, Amy (Rosario Dawson), a pretty young widow whose husband died while serving in Iraq. Inspired by Haskell Wexler's classic Medium Cool, This Revolution made headlines during its production when Rosario Dawson was arrested while attending a protest being filmed for the movie.

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Cynthia Garrett
as BCN Anchor
Stephen Marshall
as Silverback
James T. Williams II
as Music Producer
Deniz ??akir
as Tech's Goon No. 1
Toure Harris
as Tech's Goon No. 2
Michael Kane
as Himself
Lloyd Grovbe
as Himself
Danielle James
as Woman at Party
Jeffrey Lloyd Lewis
as Bluestockings Clerk
Jack Hartnett
as Republican at Party
Brion Paul
as Member of Black Bloc on Roof
Mandy Ruiz
as Member of Black Bloc on Roof
Denis McKeown
as NYPD Detective
Nick Marshall
as Black Bloc Guard
Mike Casey
as Undercover Detective
Joey Cioffi
as Black Bloc Guard
Shay Lamb
as BCN Receptionist
Cheri Crawford
as Bob Kramer's Receptionist
Judy Sipowicz
as Homeland Security Agent
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Critic Reviews for This Revolution

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

  • The fusion of fiction and independent journalism adds to the complexity of a story that exposes the 'news' as a narrative cowritten by the government and the TV networks.

    Aug 20, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Stephen Marshall's admirable but unfocused new film is set in New York City during the 2004 Republican National Convention.

    Jun 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Marshall says he was inspired by the Haskell Wexler cult classic Medium Cool, filmed at the infamous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. He has a lot to learn before he'll be anywhere near Wexler.

    Jun 29, 2005 | Rating: 1/4
  • As any revolutionary knows, there's a big leap between theory and practice, and that leap proves too much for tyro helmer Stephen Marshall's This Revolution.

    Jun 28, 2005

    Robert Koehler

    Top Critic
  • It's the kind of engaged, political filmmaking that is rarely seen today, and it's a welcome and powerful addition to the canon.

    Jun 28, 2005
  • Director Stephen Marshall is more activist than film theorist, prone to editorializing ('I'm certainly not going to sacrifice profits,' one journalist character sneers) without the equivalent of Wexler's formal rigor.

    Jun 28, 2005

Audience Reviews for This Revolution

  • Apr 06, 2009
    I found this film to be provocative and thought-provoking despite some radical conspiracy theories prevalent in the film. It is mainly set during the Republican National Convention in NY. It's definitely not cinematographically stunning, but the lack of finesse allows for a realness of the film. In fact, some of the scenes were taken of actual events that occured; including Rosario Dawson's arrest. A strong movie with strong views.
    nefnie l Super Reviewer

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