This Revolution

Director: Stephen Marshall
Screenwriters: Stephen Marshall

Institute History

  • 2005 Sundance Film Festival


With an urgency and a radical passion too rarely seen, especially in times like these, Stephen Marshall's This Revolution is an unabashed provocation, an in-your-face diatribe that will probably both rankle and energize equal parts of its audience. While some may be put off by the film's rough edges, others will be stimulated and challenged by this contemporary "call to arms" with its frank awareness and truth.

With the Republican National Convention as its backdrop (the allusions and homage to Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool are both intended and celebrated by its creator), the film follows a renowned cameraman, a "shooter," Jake Cassevetes, who accepts an assignment to shoot the street protests surrounding the convention for a large media corporation. While covering the actions of the masked anarchist group Black Bloc, he wins its members' trust and begins to bond with one of their leaders. But when his work is betrayed to Homeland Security, Cassevetes faces the dilemma that anyone who fights for change in this world must ultimately confront.

Weaving realistically conceived action and sometimes pointedly discursive dialogue together, Marshall wins you over with the force of his insight and articulateness of his ideological vision. Coming from the cofounder of the Guerrilla News Network, This Revolution is a film with a point and point of view that will certainly contribute to current political conversations.

— Geoffrey Gilmore

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