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ACORN, America’s largest grassroots community organizing group, became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama’s historic victory. Big businesses, Republicans and right-wing activists took issue with the group, firing accusations of voter fraud and government waste at the left-leaning organization. The conservative opposition found unexpected allies in a pair of amateur journalists who posed as a pimp and prostitute hoping to expose ACORN via hidden-camera. The ensuing political drama spawned the now omnipresent Breitbart Media, and served as a prescient foreshadowing of today’s political climate. In an age where fake news and truthiness obscure reality, ACORN and the Firestorm tells a moving story about what lies beneath a divided America.

Q&A with expected guest Reuben Atlas.

ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS:

FRI, NOV 10 | 1:15 PM | The Copia Theater

SUN, NOV 12 | 1:15 PM | Uptown Theatre

RUN TIME: 84 Mins

FILM PROGRAM: Documentary Features

DIRECTOR(s): Reuben Atlas, Sam Pollard

PRODUCER(s): Reuben Atlas, Sam Pollard

 

 

DIRECTOR BIO: Reuben Atlas is an award-winning producer, director, and former lawyer. His first film Brothers Hypnotic premiered at SXSW and was broadcast internationally on PBS’ Independent Lens. He recently co-directed Sour Grapes.

Sam Pollard has made over 50 films, including the Oscar-nominated documentary Four Little Girls with Spike Lee, as well as HBO’s When the Levees Broke. He recently edited Alex Gibney’s Sinatra: All or Nothing for HBO and directed Slavery By Another Name for PBS.