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World Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA | 80 MINUTES | English |


Female Director(s), Crime, Thriller, Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), First Time Filmmaker

Decades before the world ever knew the names Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, there was The Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI. During the height of the Vietnam War, eight citizens plotted to covertly enter their local FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, with the objective of stealing potentially incriminating files and leaking them to the press. What they left with would unearth a highly classified civilian surveillance program and change the protocol of government surveillance in America forever.

With 1971, Director Johanna Hamilton skillfully splices together archival footage and confessions to reveal the methods and identity of the perpetrators for the first time. Created on the heels of the NSA scandal and WikiLeaks, this poignant exposé begs the question, who’s watching the watchmen?

-Holly Voges


Directed by Johanna Hamilton

Most recently, Johanna Hamilton co-produced Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008 and was short-listed for an Academy Award. She has produced non-fiction programs for PBS, The History Channel, National Geographic, A&E, Discovery Channel, and The Washington Post/Newsweek Productions, including September’s Children, a documentary for PBS exploring how children around the world are affected by terrorism and war.
Johanna Hamilton
Johanna Hamilton, Gabriel Rhodes
Marilyn Ness, Katy Chevigny
Gabriel Rhodes
Associate Producer
Danielle Varga
Andreas Burgess, Kirsten Johnson
Production Designer
Markus Kirschner
Executive Producer
Julie Goldman, Abigail E. Disney, Gini Reticker
Philip Sheppard
Co-Executive Producers
Laura Poitras, Lilly Hartley, Gabriela P. Hearst
Recreations Producer
Maureen Ryan
Animation & Motion Graphics
Dave Tecson


US Sales Contact
Josh Braun
Submarine Entertainment
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 625 1410
Print Source
Marilyn Ness
Big Mouth Productions
New York, 10065
Phone: 646 456 8545