By the people and for the people, community organizing group ACORN became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama’s victory. Conservatives took issue with the group, firing accusations of voter fraud and government waste at the left-leaning organization. The burgeoning right-wing opposition found unexpected allies in James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles. The pair of young conservatives and amateur journalists posed as a pimp and prostitute to try to expose ACORN’s business practices via a hidden camera. The ensuing political drama spawned the now-omnipresent Breitbart Media, drove an even deeper wedge between Democrats and Republicans, and served as a prescient foreshadowing for much of today’s political climate. A comprehensive non-fiction political thriller, Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard’s blow-by-blow account of the ACORN scandal encapsulates the conflicts and contradictions of our political present.
Reuben Atlas is an award-winning filmmaker who co-directed, Sour Grapes. He directed Brothers Hypnotic, which Sam Pollard was the supervising producer on. Pollard produced the Academy Award®-nominated documentary Four Little Girls as well as When the Levees Broke, and If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, and directed Slavery by Another Name.