A GOOD AMERICAN
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A GOOD AMERICAN

Directed by Friedrich Moser

Info

Director: Friedrich Moser
Section: International Independents
Country: Austria
Year: 2015
Language: English
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Bill Binney, Jesselyn Radack, Kirk Wiebe, Diane Roark, Ed Loomis
18+

Logline

A GOOD AMERICAN

Bill Binney was a brilliant cryptologist and long-time National Security Agency (NSA) analyst, serving as Technical Director since 1997. Binney developed a sophisticated program named ThinThread for gathering data capable of providing clues, in real-time, of potential terrorist activities. Built-in safeguards would have prevented the massive surveillance methods later exposed by Edward Snowden. Why was this program killed off? And who was behind that? Friedrich Moser’s documentary tells the story of William Binney and those, both inside the NSA and out, who backed ThinThread. A program that gathered data, lawfully, effectively, and more inexpensively, than the now discredited programs pursued by the US and EU governments. A chilling account of those willing to go on the record and what happened to them when they tried to expose the truth...

Meet the director

A GOOD AMERICAN

Friedrich Moser

Friedrich Moser was born in Gmunden, Austria in 1969. MA in history and German studies from the University of Salzburg. Started his career as a TV journalist in Bolzano, Italy. In 2001, he founded the film & TV production company, blue+green communication. Attended Documentary Campus, a European master-class for non-fiction filmmaking, in 2008. Lectures on history & documentaries at the University of Vienna, teaches at Commercial Graphics School in Bressanone, Italy. Over 20 documentaries as author, producer, director & cinematographer, including THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS (2012) about lobbying in Brussels, which was released in over 15 countries.

Credits

Screenplay: Friedrich Moser
Director of Photography: Friedrich Moser
Film Editor: Kirk von Heflin, Jesper Osmund
Composer: Christopher Slaski, Guy Farley
Production Designer: Jana Maja Druskovic
Sound: Michael Plöderl
Producer: Friedrich Moser, Michael Seeber
Production Company: blue+green communication
World Sales: Slingshot Films