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Documentary Film and Video
Film and Media Studies
April, 2012


Informant is a fascinating portrait of Brandon Darby, a radical left-wing activist turned FBI informant. In 2005, Darby became an overnight hero when he traveled to Katrina-devastated New Orleans and braved toxic floodwaters to rescue a stranded friend. Soon after, he co-founded Common Ground, a successful grassroots relief organization. But over the next few years, he began hiding a shocking secret. After two young protestors were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Darby revealed he had been instrumental in their indictment as an FBI informant. Today, having renounced his left-wing past, he is a tea-party darling who writes regularly for the right-leaning web site

In addition to trying to unlock the mystery of Darby, Informant offers an powerful insider look at the hidden use of informants in contemporary America -- an especially timely issue in light of the recent leaks about government surveillance.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

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