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?
Length: 80 minutes
Director: Johanna Hamilton
Screenwriter: Johanna Hamilton, Gabriel Rhodes
Producer: Marilyn Ness, Katy Chevigny
Editor: Gabriel Rhodes
Associate Producer: Danielle Varga
Cinematographer: Andreas Burgess, Kirsten Johnson
Production Designer: Markus Kirschner
Executive Producer: Julie Goldman, Abigail E. Disney, Gini Reticker
Composer: Philip Sheppard
Co-Executive Producers: Laura Poitras, Lilly Hartley, Gabriela P. Hearst
Recreations Producer: Maureen Ryan
Animation & Motion Graphics: Dave Tecson
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.