Better This World

Overview

Brad Crowder and David McKay were a pair of close friends from Midland, Texas who were ordinary kids until the American invasion of Iraq prompted them to speak out about their leftist political beliefs. As they became more interested in activism, Crowder and McKay met Brandon Darby, an organizer who had earned a reputation for his work with displaced families following Hurricane Katrina. The young men were impressed enough to join up with Darby for a series of protests planned for the 2008 Republican National ...
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Overview

Brad Crowder and David McKay were a pair of close friends from Midland, Texas who were ordinary kids until the American invasion of Iraq prompted them to speak out about their leftist political beliefs. As they became more interested in activism, Crowder and McKay met Brandon Darby, an organizer who had earned a reputation for his work with displaced families following Hurricane Katrina. The young men were impressed enough to join up with Darby for a series of protests planned for the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. Brandon encouraged his charges to be ready for the possibility of aggressive confrontations with police and security officers, and his statements suggested he was prepping his group for battle more than peaceful protest. At the convention, Crowder and McKay were arrested when it was discovered they brought Molotov cocktails with them, but they found that not everyone in their group was simply an activist -- some were working with the FBI, and a case that was presented to the media as misplaced idealism turned into domestic terrorism on closer examination seemed more like entrapment. In the documentary Better This World, filmmakers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega explore the true story of Brad Crowder and David McKay, how they became involved in progressive politics, and the facts behind the activist leaders in which they placed their trust. Better This World received its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2012
  • UPC: 761326819829
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: Passion River
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 80,184

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Crowder Participant
David Mckay Participant
Brandon Darby Participant
E.K. Wilson Participant
Christopher Langert Participant
Jeffrey Paulsen Participant
Twila Crowder Participant
Michel McKay Participant
Emily Coleman Participant
Jeff DeGree Participant
Technical Credits
Kelly Duane de la Vega Director, Producer
Katie Galloway Director, Producer, Screenwriter
John Battsek Executive Producer
Bonobo Score Composer
Paul Brill Score Composer
Leroy Clark Sound/Sound Designer
Sally Jo Fifer Executive Producer
Julie Goldman Executive Producer
Iron & Wine Score Composer
Simon Kilmurry Executive Producer
David Layton Cinematographer, Co-producer
Brian K. Lundy Cinematographer
Mike Nicholson Producer
Greg O'Toole Editor
Nicole Stott Executive Producer
Tycho Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Better This World
1. Opening [3:01]
2. The FBI [2:59]
3. Midland, Texas [5:45]
4. Activist Makes An Impression [5:45]
5. First Meeting [4:33]
6. Six Months Of Planning [3:36]
7. Driving To Minneapolis [2:21]
8. Surveillance State [6:24]
9. "There Was An Informant" [4:31]
10. RNC Day 1 [3:35]
11. Ants Around The Candy Bars [6:13]
12. Plea Bargains & Game Theory [5:33]
13. David Against Goliath [4:21]
14. "This Guy Is Not Trustworthy" [5:03]
15. David Goes Home [4:45]
16. "They're Threatening Me" [7:12]
17. Acting Without Influence [3:08]
18. Entrapment? [5:11]
19. Epilogue [3:00]
20. End Credits [1:55]
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Disc #1 -- Better This World
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   Bonus Features
      Landmark Case - 1:30
      That Was The Plan - 1:06
      Jail Scene - 1:54
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