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55th San Francisco International Film Festival @ BAM/PFA

Monday, April 23, 2012
6:30 p.m. Informant
Jamie Meltzer (U.S., 2012)

In Person/Jamie Meltzer


“He gets in people’s minds and can pull you in,” organizer Lisa Fithian once warned a journalist en route to an interview with Brandon Darby, bête noire of last year’s Golden Gate Award winner Better This World. “He’s a master. And you are going to feel all kinds of sympathy for him.” Vilified by some and venerated by others as the FBI informant largely responsible for the imprisonment of two youths following the 2008 Republican National Convention, Darby was once a charismatic activist mythologized by the American Left for his daredevil aid work in New Orleans’s Ninth Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Informant meticulously constructs a portrait of his life—before and after the death threats—through intimate interviews with Darby and tense reenactments starring the man himself. These aspects are accompanied and often contradicted by commentary from acquaintances and expert commentators on various points of the political spectrum. An ear-perking investigation into the exploits of a glory hound who values bravado above brotherhood, the film cedes Darby center stage as a reluctant antihero ready to advance his agenda by any means. With uncommon restraint, Jamie Meltzer delivers a fascinating study that transcends political chest beating. Informant raises the possibility of fluid truth in a system addicted to false binaries.

We regret that Brandon Darby is unable to attend the screening, as previously announced.

—Jackson Scarlett

• Photographed by Frazer Bradshaw. (80 mins)



Tickets on sale March 30. Online tickets are available through the SFFS ticketing system. Follow the link below and select "buy tickets." BAM/PFA members receive a discount online by using a special promo code. If you are a member and did not receive the code by email, please call (510) 642-1412.

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Advance tickets March 27–30. BAM/PFA members may purchase advance tickets online between March 27 and 30 by clicking the link below and entering a special promo code. If you are a member and did not receive the code by email, please call (510) 642-1412.

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