DVD Release: Informant

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Music Box

Informant movie scene

Brandon Darby (l.) working with Common Ground Collective, as seen in Informant.

The 2012 documentary Informant presents a portrait of Brandon Darby, a left-wing activist turned FBI informant and then Tea Party conservative whose actions led to the arrest of two protesters at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

In 2005, Texas-born Brandon Darby became an overnight hero when he traveled to Katrina-devastated New Orleans and braved toxic floodwaters to rescue a friend stranded in the Ninth Ward.  Soon after, he became a co-founder and spokesperson for Common Ground, a successful grassroots relief organization.  But over the next few years, he began hiding a shocking secret.  After two young protestors, David McKay and Bradley Crowder, were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Darby revealed he had been instrumental in the indictment as an FBI informant. Today, having renounced his Left-wing past, Darby is a Tea Party darling who writes regularly for the right-leaning website Breitbart.com.

In chronicling the story—and mystery—of Brandon Darby, Informant, written and directed by Jamie Meltzer, also examines at the hidden use of informants in contemporary America – an especially contemporary issue in light of the recent leaks about government surveillance.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 DOC NYC Festival, and Best Documentary at the 2012 Austin Film Festival, Informant received a limited release to theaters and a VOD premiere in September, 2013.

The Informant DVD contains the following bonus features:

-A conversation with Brandon Darby and Michael May
-A never before seen interview with Andrew Breitbart
-Featurette of Brandon Darby at an Occupy Wall Street rally.


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.