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New documentary BETTER THIS WORLD profiling domestic terrorism case premiering in Portland

The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under the tutelage of "revolutionary" activist Brandon Darby. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high-stakes entrapment defense hinging on a controversial FBI informant. The film goes to the heart of the war on terror and political dissent in post-9/11 America.
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Contact: Katie Galloway 510.684.5627 or  info@loteriafilms.com

"BETTER THIS WORLD" DOCUMENTARY PUTS FOCUS ON GOVERNMENT USE OF INFORMANTS POST-9/11; AWARD-WINNING FILM HAS ITS PORTLAND PREMIERE AT THE CLINTON ST. THEATER JUNE 17-23 -- 2 screenings each night at 7pm and 9pm

New Film Focusing on Informant at Center of Federal Domestic Terrorism Case Has Won Best Documentary Prizes at Major Film Festivals

PORTLAND- The controversial high-profile domestic terrorism case of two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, and their relationship with a government informant is examined in the new documentary film BETTER THIS WORLD, from Emmy-nominated director/producers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, when it has its Portland premiere at the Clinton St. Theater. The premiere comes soon after Congress passed an extension of the Patriot Act on May 26.

Set against the backdrop of the 2008 Republican National Convention amid bomb plots, arrests and a subsequent federal terrorism trial, this suspense-filled portrait of two young men caught in the web of the powerful post-9/11 domestic security apparatus poignantly describes not only the problems of power and authority, but also the ultimate power of friendship, forgiveness and love.

BETTER THIS WORLD had its world premiere as SXSW Film Festival in March and has since won the Best Documentary Feature prizes at both the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Sarasota International Film Festival. It will have a national broadcast on September 6, just days from the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Screening times:
June 17 - June 23
7 & 9 PM

Tickets are available here:  http://www.clintonsttheater.com/

The trailer and other information is available here:  http://www.betterthisworld.com

Synopsis: The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. BETTER THIS WORLD follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under a revolutionary activist. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and an entrapment defense hinging on a controversial FBI informant. The film goes to the heart of the war on terror and political dissent in post-9/11 America. A co-production of ITVS.

About the Filmmakers: Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, both of Loteria Films, have directed and produced award-winning and theatrically released feature documentaries and series for POV, Frontline, IFC, the Discovery Channel and others. Their work has been shown at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution, SXSW, Hot Docs, Full Frame, and other venues. Their recent fellowships include Sundance Documentary (2010), Film Independent / HBO (2009-2010) and at the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley (2009-2010).

BETTER THIS WORLD is a co-production of ITVS and will have its national broadcast premiere on the PBS documentary series POV on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 10:00 PM (Check local listings).

For more information about the filmmakers and their work, go to www.loteriafilms.com

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