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The After Party

The After Party
1:04:24 | 2012

Categories: Politics, History

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.

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daniel Salo
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January 21, 2015
Cyrille Phipps
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December 17, 2014
B+
Mark Twain
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November 13, 2014
B
So if a million people in the US hold "Top Secret" clearances, how secret can this information be?
Acefan Braun
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May 11, 2014
A+
Charles Winstead
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January 6, 2014
A+
Vin LoPresti
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November 22, 2013
B+
As someone who once held a high-level security clearance, I can say that his film's topic is hugely important --- too many clearances, too many intel agencies; but the film's thread is disjointed, & in a sense my B+ was a tad "kindhearted."
Renee Gagnon Klaus
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October 19, 2013
A-
If you engage in peaceful protests. You can find your self being classified as an enemy combatant. A spy file opened on you at any time. This is a much watch.
Josephine Pizzino
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August 22, 2013
C-
Joe Lavin
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July 7, 2013
B+
Inez Williamson
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July 6, 2013
B+
Jeff Douglas
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July 6, 2013
B+
Kirk Alexander Jr.
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June 30, 2013
C
Siam M'Backe
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February 23, 2013
michael = "who is like unto GOD" a question OR an affirmation, but either way, what you just said is absolutely and perfectly correct, eye have been studying this american situation, and my friends we are in big trouble, for we are NO longer in a democratic, but a faccist police state, and it is going to get worse and worse because there are not enough enlightened people like you michael to change it. They are satisfied to be chickens eating chicken feed inside the common chicken coop and are NOT independent thinKING eagles wilingl to pay the necessary price to be one! IAM going to steal your quote and post it on my "fb "Rain of Grace" author's page Michael. Thank YOU! ~ SIAM
Michael Gonzales
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February 23, 2013
Those who trade freedom for security shall have neither freedom nor security.
Siam M'Backe
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February 22, 2013
eye want to meed this film maker, his innocence is extraordinary, and his gifts and graces are profound, and his courage is awesome! ~ The mystic Poet SIAM.
David Raney
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January 28, 2013
SO AMAZING, AND FULFILLING OF MY QUESTIONS FOR A LONG TIME ABOUT SURVEILLANCE AND THE PRIVACY ISSUES AROUND THE TIME AFTER 9/11, A MUST SEE TO BE AWARE OF THE CAPABILITY OF SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A CLOCK IN A CHILDS ROOM, OR A SPOT ON THE WALL. GREAT DOCUMENTING OF OUR WORLD AND CURIOSITIES.
Kristi Gilleland
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August 29, 2012
I enjoyed this and learned a lot - I remember when some of this went down - remember tweets about people - Americans - and innocent journalists - held in cages with no bathrooms & denied medication, ect. Really eye opening. Makes me wonder if NDAA was at least partly to stop some lawsuits after they do stuff like this.
Lauren Schiller
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August 27, 2012
Go Michael go! This film is making history! You should not go another day without watching this in its entirety. The frightening thing is that what happens here could happen anywhere--even in our "free country."!
Eliseo Garcia
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August 26, 2012
Nice?
Tom Jacoby
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August 25, 2012
The After Party is funny but it carries a terribly important message. Freedom of speach and expression is under attack in Amreica and we all need to be politicaly involved to make sure the consitution and the bill of rights are perserved. Well done Michael Schiller!
Susan Chainey
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August 25, 2012
This is an amazing film--great music, incredible footage. Schiller's film is funny and horrifying at the same time!
Antonella Vitale
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August 25, 2012
Love this movie! Highlights important issues regarding democracy and the state of our political environment.