The filmmakers follow a trail of money, real estate, mob connections, and on the record confessions to expose an insidious plot that leads directly back to The White House.
By Rakesh Raman
“Vladimir Putin has waged a 30-year campaign to disrupt world events, including our last election. I talked about it in Active Measures, a fascinating summation of the Russia story,” Hillary Clinton tweeted.
Earlier, Super Ltd had announced it has acquired Active Measures, a film from director Jack Bryan that details a decades long connection between Trump and Putin.
The film includes new reporting on Trump’s dealings with Russian mob figures, and expert analysis on the largest and most effectively executed espionage operation in history—Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election.
The film made its world premiere at this year’s Hot Docs, and was released on August 31, with exclusive theatrical engagements in New York and Los Angeles and on digital platforms.
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In Active Measures, Bryan exposes a 30-year history of covert political warfare devised by Putin to disrupt, influence, and ultimately control world events, democratic nations through cyber attacks, propaganda campaigns, and corruption.
In the process, the filmmakers follow a trail of money, real estate, mob connections, and on the record confessions to expose an insidious plot that leads directly back to The White House.
Unraveling the true depth and scope of “the Russia story,” as we have come to know it, the filmmakers say it is a jarring reminder that some conspiracies hide in plain sight. Active Measures is stated to be an essential viewing in today’s world.
The film features original interviews with experts on Russia and Putin, including: Senator John McCain, Hillary Clinton, former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Steven Hall (former CIA Chief of Russia Operations), author Michael Isikoff, John Podesta (Chair, Hillary for America, Founder, Center for American Progress), Jeremy Bash (former CIA Chief of Staff and Pentagon Chief of Staff), James Woolsey (former CIA director), Evan McMullin (2016 Presidential candidate), and others.
Produced by Shooting Films’ Bryan, Laura DuBois, and Marley Clements, Active Measures was co-written by Bryan and Clements.
Vladimir Putin has waged a 30-year campaign to disrupt world events, including our last election. I talked about it in @ActMeasuresDoc, a fascinating summation of the Russia story that premieres today: https://t.co/E0t1JeSssA
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 31, 2018
“When we embarked on this project we thought we’d find a scandal but what we uncovered was the greatest threat to democracy in almost a century. It is impossible to understand what is happening today unless you know how it started and why. Once you do the news becomes terrifyingly predictable,” said director Jack Bryan.
Active Measures is a Soviet term for the actions of political warfare conducted by the Soviet and Russian security services to influence the course of world events, in addition to collecting intelligence and producing “a politically correct” assessment of it.
The deal was negotiated by Super Ltd and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
Super Ltd is a boutique film distribution company and incubator focused on films and release strategies that seize upon the political and cultural moment. Its debut film was Anthony Bourdain’s Wasted: The Story of Food Waste.
Shooting Films has produced the feature film The Living and the short films And After All, Public Speaking, and Time. Now it presents its latest feature film Active Measures in partnership with Super Ltd.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist and social activist. He had been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.
Photo courtesy: Hillary Clinton