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 director/producers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, when it has its Portland premiere at the Clinton St. Theater. The premiere comes just 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.
June 17 - 24th
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