Director: Alison Klayman Run Time: 91 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2019
Starring: Steve Bannon, Nigel Farage, Jérôme Rivière, Giorgia Meloni, Filip Dewinter, Kent Ekeroth
Join us for a special preview screening of the recent Sundance Film Festival fly-on-the-wall documentary on Steve Bannon, The Brink, before it’s released in theaters. Director Alison Klayman and producer Marie Therese Guirgis will be here for a discussion following the feature.
When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle, and for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post — though some say he still has a direct line to the White House — he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement.
The Brink follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement. A keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.