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USA, 2011, 90 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Colorado, Documentary, Local, Political
Programs: Documentary Films, Spotlight on Colorado
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Brian Malone
Producer: Brian Malone, Cindy Malone
Editor: Brian Malone
Cinematographer: Brian Malone
Principal Cast: Bob Schieffer, Alan Simpson, Kent Conrad, Eleanor Clift, Pat Buchanan, Kiki McLean, William Galston, Stephen Wayne, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jason Chaffetz, Rep. Jason Altmire, Rep. William Cassidy, Rep. Robert Andrew, Sen. Mark Udall, Sen. Mark Warner, R

Denver-based director-producer Brian Malone adds this politically charged documentary to his prolific repertoire. Starting with footage of the 2009 Obama inauguration, Patriocracy lays the groundwork for the argument that the past few years have been among the most politically divided in our nation’s entire history.

Malone juxtaposes interviews with analysts, academics, and an all-star line-up of representatives with footage of prime-time pundits, everyday voters, and rallying activists. The result provides not only a grim picture of the current political landscape but an in-depth look into the character of the American people.

Patriocracy spends much of its time exploring the causes of our current state of affairs, placing blame on everything from the biased entertainment “news” shows that encourage division among their viewers to the secretive campaign funding of special-interests groups that has driven the cost of running for office to unprecedented levels. But Malone doesn’t only hold the powers that be responsible; he also calls out the American people for their complacency and tendency to listen only to what reinforces their own beliefs—while tuning out everything else.

Shot through a straightforward lens that emphasizes the gravity of its subject, Patriocracy is sure to stir up feelings on the left and the right. But it is not merely alarmist; rather, this gripping depiction of the current low point in American politics is a call to action—and it even concludes with a glimmer, however faint, of optimism.

Sponsored by Colorado Creative Industries Division, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media In cooperation with League of Women Voters of Denver

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