Protestors at the Glenn Beck Rally on September 12th, 2010 as seen in PATRIOCRACY, a film by Brian Malone. Picture courtesy Malone Media Group. All rights reserved.

Patriocracy (2011/2012)

Opened: 03/02/2012 Limited

Quad Cinema/NYC03/02/2012 - 03/08/20127 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated


Patriocracy: a voice of reason in the age of polarization. Patriocracy is a non-partisan examination of Washington dysfunction. Alan Simpson, Bob Schieffer, Eleanor Clift, Pat Buchanan, Senator Mark Warner and Senator Kent Conrad are just a few of the notable Washington personalities who offer their valuable perspectives. Patriocracy drills down and illustrates the forces that drive a wedge into the middle ground of America and the solutions required to move forward.

Americans are polarized and angry. In the crossfire, the loudest voices drown out reason and facts with fear and anxiety. Patriocracy explores the extreme polarization in America that cripples the country from tackling its most serious problems. Whether it's the national debt, healthcare reform, the war on terror or illegal immigration, Americans are shouting at each other instead of listening to each other.

Patriocracy brings an all-star cast of Senators, Congressmen/women, top Washington journalists, pundits and academia to the screen; giving their candid and comprehensive insights into the factors behind extreme polarization. Former Senator Alan Simpson, Bob Schieffer (CBS News), Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift (Newsweek), Ken Rudin (NPR) and Senator Kent Conrad are just a few of the high-level Washington personalities who offer their valuable perspectives on extremism in Washington and across the country.

Through raw and uncensored video of angry demonstrations and town hall meetings, Patriocracy offers a detailed examination of how Americans have become so polarized over the past decade, drilling down to the wealthy and anonymous forces that contribute to an environment of uncertainty and anxiety.

As America enters the 2012 election season, more money than ever will be spent to manipulate and sway voters by fear and emotion. Patriocracy sits in the dead center of this monumental tug-of-war, educating viewers so they do not fall victim to manipulation as they cast their ballots.

Patriocracy is produced and directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker, Brian Malone and is Executive Produced by well-known producer, Stephen Nemeth.

Director's Statement

It's time to raise the level in intellect in our public discourse. There are shortage of opinions. And you know what they say about opinions. There has been enough yelling and not enough listening. And if we do not learn to listen to each other and find some way to work together as a country, America will fail.

The problem today is that in America, we have freedom without responsibility. Many of us Americans believe we're entitled to our rights and freedoms unconditionally. And that's where the trouble begins. The truth is that American freedom comes with great responsibility. You can read anything about our Founding Fathers and you'll know what I'm talking about.

But today, we live in a hyper-fast, hyper-partisan climate fueled by a 'me first' perspective and lightning fast media. The dark side of that selfcentered position is that America as a whole is suffering. In many cases, Americans have neither the will nor the desire for self-sacrifice towards a greater good in America. I'm not talking about big events like the War on Terror. No, these are little things that hold our country together... like paying our taxes in order to take responsibility for all of the services we get from our government.

So, really the problems we face in America come down to our state of mind. At the risk of sounding like a socialist, I do believe that there needs to be more 'we' and less 'me.' We do have some very big problems to solve in a short amount of time. And 'we' need to base our decisions to fix these problems on well-researched and credible facts, rather than emotions and opinions. If we don't 'we' will likely lose our great gift of living in the greatest country on the planet.

And, in the meantime, nothing gets solved if we yell at each other instead of talking to and listening to each other.

-- Brian Malone, Director

Brian Malone Biography

Brian Malone is a Producer/Director/Editor and Composer from Denver, Colorado. Malone is a five-time Emmy® Award winner and has produced more than a dozen independent documentaries for broadcast and cable. His programs have aired nationally on PBS and cable networks, covering the gamut from Grammy-Award-Winning recording artists, to environmental issues, to Native American culture.

In 2009 Malone produced, directed and edited "Intelligent Life," an enivronmental film that illustrated the unintentional environmental consequences of living a modern life. "Intelligent Life" won the Artivists Award at the 2009 Artivists Film Festival. In 2006 Malone produced, directed and edited, "Breaking News: Celebrity Trials and the Media." The documentary covered the downfall of quality TV journalism in the shadow of a shrinking news industry. The film appeared at several film festivals around the U.S. "Breaking News" was sold for international broadcast distribution at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006.

In 2004 Malone produced the regional broadcast documentary, "Blinky," a poignant biographical look at one of Colorado's most famous television personalities. The documentary reflected Blinky's long and sometimes controversial career. "Blinky" won critical acclaim and was nominated for an Emmy Award.

The "Artist's Profile" series also won critical acclaim and aired nationally on PBS stations across the country. The series gave viewers a rare and up-close look at notable folk and jazz recording artists. Malone's Pow-Wow documentary on modern Native American culture has earned an honorable exhibit in The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.