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the film

From award-winning filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern (The Devil Came on Horseback and The Trials of Darryl Hunt) comes the provocative and expertly crafted film, THE END OF AMERICA, based on The New York Times best seller by the same name. In a stunning indictment of sweeping policy changes during the Bush years, author Naomi Wolf (The Beauty Myth) makes a chilling case that American democracy is under threat.

Investigating parallels between our current situation and the rise of dictators and fascism in once-free societies, Wolf uncovers a number of deeply unsettling similarities—from the use of paramilitary groups and secret prisons to the targeted suspension of the rule of law. With this galvanizing call to arms based on her recent book, she urges regular citizens to take back our legacy of freedom and justice.

 

special features

  • Extended Interviews:
    • Daniel Ellsberg, of the “Pentagon Papers” fame
    • Vincent Cannistraro, Former CIA Counterterrorism Chief
    • Brigadier General James P. Cullen, Former U.S. Army Court Chief Judge
    • Eric Lichtblau, The New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
    • Col. David Antoon, Author
    • Mike German, Former FBI agent
  • Featurettes:
    • Conversation with Anthony Romero, Executive Director, ACLU
      Targeting Minorities
    • Hamptons International Film Festival Premiere
  • Audio Commentary by Professor Walter Murphy, constitutional expert
  • 2008 Pre-Election Ending
  • 2008 Post-Election Update
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

the team

ANNIE SUNDBERG
CO-DIRECTOR
Annie Sundberg is a director, producer, and writer of film and television. She recently co-directed and co-produced The Devil Came on Horseback with partner Ricki Stern, a production of Break Thru Films (Sundance 2007, Gotham Award nominee), theatrically released by International Film Circuit and airing on National Geographic (February 2008). The film has won seven festival awards and counting, including Best International Film at Brit Docs. Annie and Ricki Stern have been recognized with the Best Female Filmmakers Award at the San Diego Film Festival, the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Nantucket Film Festival, and the Lena Sharpe/Women in Cinema Persistence of Vision Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.

RICKI STERN
CO-DIRECTOR
Ricki Stern is a director, producer, and writer whose films have shown on HBO and PBS. She is the co-director with Annie Sundberg and a producer of The Devil Came on Horseback, a production of Break Thru Films (Sundance 2007, Gotham Award nominee), theatrically released by International Film Circuit and airing on National Geographic (February 2008). The film has won seven festival awards and counting, including Best International Film at Brit Docs. Ricki and Annie have been recognized with the Best Female Filmmakers Award at the San Diego Film Festival, the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Nantucket Film Festival, and the Lena Sharpe/Women in Cinema Persistence of Vision Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.

AVRAM LUDWIG
PRODUCER
Mr. Ludwig is one of those rare filmmakers who is equally skilled on both the creative side and production side of the industry. Summer jobs working for directors Mike Nichols on the play Hurlyburly and Alan Alda on the film Sweet Liberty began Mr. Ludwig’s production career. He worked as a production assistant then as an assistant director on more than a dozen features for studios such as Columbia, Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney, and 20th Century Fox, as well as more than seventy television commercials for clients as varied as American Airlines, Ford Motor Corporation, and the Cabbage Patch Kids. Mr. Ludwig also served as the Assistant Director of the Bravo Network’s “Inside the Actors Studio,” responsible for handling such guests as Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Dennis Hopper, Robert Redford, Sally Field, Paul Newman, and Arthur Miller. Mr. Ludwig directed John Buffalo Mailer’s play It’ll Pass, It Always Does and Dennis Russo’s Saving the Theatre, both at the Actors Studio. He is currently directing a retrospective of all of the films of Elia Kazan for the Actors Studio and Tribeca Film Festival.

MICHELLE NGO
PRODUCER
Michelle Ngo is a multi-lingual producer, writer, editor, and shooter that crosses all media platforms.  In the field of print, Michelle was a feature writer and associate editor for a Japanese-English magazine, Hiragana Times in Tokyo and an assistant photo editor at O, The Oprah Magazine. Michelle Ngo quickly moved into the world of documentary, broadcast news, and Internet media.  Michelle has worked on a number of documentaries that have aired on PBS, Discovery Channel, TLC, and TV One including Small Ball: A Little League Story, Making the Message, The Anti-Americans (a love/hate relationship), and Ebony Fashion Fair: 50 Years of Style.  She also has done work for various U.S. national broadcast news venues such as ABC Newsone-Southwest Bureau, Network News Service (a news cooperative of CBS, FOX, and ABC News), and the Associated Press.  Aside from filmmaking, she produces many web-video based events for various top 100 Forbes companies across the country.

LAURA DAWN
PRODUCER
Since 2004  Laura Dawn has served as the Creative and Cultural Director of groundbreaking grassroots phenomenon MoveOn.org, helping to grow the organization into a political powerhouse with 4 million members. Laura's campaigns have changed not only the way citizens participate in politics, but how artists can help instigate social change—and her work with MoveOn has also had tremendous impact on documentary film. By working with political documentary filmmakers from conception to grassroots marketing, MoveOn not only created a new alternative distribution system for documentaries, but created organizational models and campaigns to support political film from a grassroots level, helping to create success stories like Fahrenheit 9/11 and An Inconvenient Truth. Most recently, Laura is one of the subjects of a feature documentary, MoveOn.org—The Movie, produced by Yalla Films/Wildbunch Entertainment and slated to hit theaters January 2009, and is concurrently overseeing MoveOn's cultural strategy for the 2008 election.

MICHAEL MAILER
PRODUCER
Michael Mailer (Founder, President of Michael Mailer Films) has been working extensively in the independent film business since graduating from Harvard University in 1987. He co-wrote and produced his first feature film, A Fool And His Money, starring Sandra Bullock and George Plimpton, in 1988. Since then, Mailer has produced ten feature films under his former shingle Bigel/Mailer Films. Such films include the critically acclaimed Two Girls and a Guy starring Robert Downey, Jr., Heather Graham, and Natasha Gregson Wagner (20th Century Fox, 1998), Black and White starring Brooke Shields, Elijah Wood, and Mike Tyson (Sony Pictures, 1999), and Empire starring John Leguizamo, Denise Richards, and Peter Sarsgaard (Universal Studios, 2002).

JOHN BUFFALO MAILER
PRODUCER
John Buffalo Mailer is the Director of Development for Tar Films. While in college John published his first novella, “Hello Herman,” in The Reading Room, vol. 1, (Great Marsh Press, 2000). He is a founder of Back House Productions, the resident theater company of The Drama Bookshop’s Arthur Seelan Theater, which has developed the recent hit musical In The Heights, among others. In 2001, John’s first play, an adaptation of “Hello Herman,” had its New York Premiere at the Grove Street Playhouse. His second play, Crazy Eyes, had its world premiere in Athens, Greece, in 2005. John took the position of Executive Editor for High Times magazine from 2004–2005 to help relaunch the notorious publication. He is the co-author of The Big Empty (Nation Books, 2006), a book of discussions between John and his father, Norman Mailer, on topics ranging from protest to poker.

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DISTRIBUTORS
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