Digital Site License includes English Closed Captions
Subjects: Technology, American Studies
FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OLIVER STONE
"A Good American" is a gripping docu-thriller about a groundbreaking surveillance program, the brilliant mastermind behind it and how a perfect alternative to mass surveillance was killed by NSA-management for money – three weeks prior to 9/11.
Before Edward Snowden, there was Bill Binney...
Bill Binney was a brilliant cryptologist, long-time National Security Agency (NSA) analyst, and Technical Director. He developed a sophisticated program named ThinThread for gathering data capable of providing clues, in real-time, of potential terrorist threats.
Built-in safeguards would have prevented the massive surveillance methods later exposed by Edward Snowden. Why was this program killed off? And who was behind it?
Friedrich Moser’s eye-opening and deeply disturbing documentary tells the complete story of Bill Binney and those, both inside the NSA and out, who backed ThinThread. A program that gathered data, lawfully, effectively, and more inexpensively, than the now discredited programs pursued by the US and EU governments. It’s also a chilling account of those willing to go on the record and what happened to them when they tried to expose the truth. Could ThinThread have prevented 9/11?
SELECTED SCREENINGS & EVENTS
WINNER - Amnesty International Award Special Mention, Millenium Docs Against Gravity (Poland)
Nominated - CPH:DOX, Politiken Audience Award
Nominated - Austrian Film Award (Best Score)
Nominated - Audience Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival
DOC NYC (Co-presented by Columbia Journalism Review)
Movies that Matter @ The Hague
Portland International Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Special Screening at the Brussels European Parliament
"A damning indictment of the American security establishment. Recommended to viewers with an interest in intelligence matters." - Library Journal
WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING
"Stunning and Deeply Disturbing" - Newsweek
"Infuriating!" - Daphne Howland, The Village Voice
"Another example of the toxic fallout from corruption and power..." - Spirituality & Practice
“The film is a fascinating, sometimes jaw-dropping account of gifted individuals thwarted by self-serving superiors, with tragic results“ - IndieWIRE
"[The film's] subjects have an urgent narrative to tell." - The New York Times
“Convincing! … fascinating… certainly packs a punch!” - The Guardian
"A Good American is as exciting as a well-made thriller....extremely cinematic“ - Filmmagasinet Ekko (Denmark)
"An insanely compelling, well-orchestrated and explosive documentary." - SoundVenue (Denmark)
"Enraging, terrifying and eye-opening!" - Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Riveting, enraging and beautifully crafted!" - Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing
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Friedrich holds a university degree (MA) in history and german studies from the University of Salzburg / Austria. Friedrich started his professional career as a TV journalist and editor in Bolzano-Bozen / Italy. In 2001 he founded blue+green communication. He has made over 20 documentaries in the past years, most of them as producer / director / DoP. Friedrich’s professional career also includes lecturing on history and documentaries at the University of Vienna / Department of Economic and Social History, as well as teaching video production at the Secondary School for Commercial Graphics in Bressanone-Brixen / Italy. Friedrich lives in Vienna/Austria and in Bressanone-Brixen / Italy. His films include THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS and A GOOD AMERICAN.