THE AFTER PARTY is a documentary feature film about a journalist who is caught in a mass arrest while filming a protest at Ground Zero. His film crew?s videotape of the incident leads to a civil rights lawsuit, uncovers a police spying ring and launches his personal investigation in to the weird world of domestic surveillance. With special appearances by Andre "3000" Benjamin, Barack Obama, The Bush Twins, Cornel West, Al Sharpton and Don King.
In 1993 the film THE LAST PARTY was released. The documentary followed Robert Downey Jr?s initiation in to the world of politics. In 2000 came the sequel, THE PARTY'S OVER, following Philip Seymour Hoffman on the campaign trail. The third film in the trilogy, THE AFTER PARTY is a story about domestic surveillance and civil liberties in the post 9/11 era, framed by an inciting incident that happened during the 2004 Republican National Convention. Told from the perspective of a cinematographer who was arrested during the convention, this film brings together pop culture and politics with the flair of ?gonzo? journalism.
In August of 2004, during the course of the Republican National Convention in New York City, over 1800 people were arrested. The police used orange construction netting to arrest large groups of people. A documentary film crew working on a movie about Andre "3000" of Outkast was caught in one of these nets while filming a protest at Ground Zero. The film crew?s tape became instrumental evidence in a lawsuit that was filed by cinematographer Michael Schiller. Schiller vs. the City of New York is a landmark first amendment case that uncovered a warrantless police spying operation. This film takes a hard look at the precariously thin line we walk between security and freedom and examines the resurgence of domestic surveillance in America. It is the exclamation point at the end of a political documentary trilogy 20 years in the making.