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.
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.