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Film Screening
Session 3: Saturday, June 2nd: 2:00 - 3:50pm
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What do a fake pimp and prostitute have to do with ACORN, America’s largest anti-poverty organization? A power player in the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, community organizing group ACORN was targeted by conservatives, who accused them of committing voter fraud. ACORN critics found allies in amateur journalists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles whose undercover hidden camera investigations smeared ACORN, and helped launch a new entity called Breitbart Media. ACORN and the Firestorm is a thrilling recount of recent political history by award winning directors, Reuben Atlas (Brothers Hypnotic) and Sam Pollard (Two Trains Runnin’), ACORN became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama’s victory. Big businesses, Republicans and right-wing activists attacked the group, firing accusations of voter fraud and government waste at the left- leaning organization. Right-wing 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 deep, true, moving story about what lies beneath a divided America.


Associate Producer, ACORN and the Firestorm, world premier 2018; US debut Tribeca Film Festival, 2017. PBS Independent Lens May 21, 2018 and now available streaming on iTunes. Author of SEEDS OF CHANGE. The Story of ACORN America's Most Controversial Anti-Poverty Community Group the book that... Read more
Bertha Lewis, CEO of the Black Institute, former chief organizer of ACORN and one of America’s most accomplished organizers. Ms. Lewis was the co-founder of the Working Families Party and her work has been recognized by several prominent organizations including Crain Magazine, New York Magazine and... Read more
Reuben Atlas Producer/Director of ACORN and the Firestrom, is an award-winning New York based producer, director, and former lawyer. His previous films include the feature music documentary, Brothers Hypnotic, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and the co-directed Netflix wine fraud... Read more
Sam Pollard (Producer/Director) has made over 50 films, including the Academy Award®-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. His 40... Read more