2017 Milwaukee Film Festival

Sept. 28 - Oct. 12


ACORN and the Firestorm

Director: Reuben Atlas, Sam Pollard

Film Summary

Black Lens | 1:24 | 2017 | USA | | View Website

It's a story whose reverberations will be felt across the political landscape for many years to come: ACORN, America's largest grass-roots community organization (teaching low- and medium-income families across the nation to advocate for themselves), shuttered by a pair of amateur journalists posing as a pimp and prostitute, igniting a media firestorm that helped spawn the Breitbart News empire. This real-life political thriller does much to explain our current divisive state, persuasively drawing a line from ACORN's bankruptcy to our polarized present and its constant cries of “fake news.”

Director Reuben Atlas, Sam Pollard
Cast Hannah Giles, Maude Hurd, Bertha Lewis, Wade Rathke
Executive Producer
Producer Reuben Atlas, Sam Pollard
Cinematographer Spencer Chumbley, Naiti Gamez, Natalie Kingston, Frank Larson
Editor Francisco Bello, Paul Greenhouse

Community Partners

African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Urban League Guild