Film - International Independents Filmfest 2019


Directed by Alison Klayman


Director: Alison Klayman
Section: International Independents
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Version: Original version



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 midterm election 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 Parliament election. 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 a gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.

Meet the director


Alison Klayman

Born in 1984, Alison Klayman studied history at Brown University and spent several years in China, learning Chinese and working as a journalist. She made her directorial debut with the documentary AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (2012). Her other films include THE 100 YEARS SHOW (2017), about 103-year-old Cuban-American painter Carmen Herrera; TAKE YOUR PILLS (2018), about an overly medicated America; and the upcoming short FLOWER PUNK, about Japanese artist Azuma Makoto. Klayman was also executive producer of the documentaries HOOLIGAN SPARROW (2016) and ON HER SHOULDERS (2018).


Director of Photography: Alison Klayman
Film Editor: Brian Goetz, Marina Katz
Composer: Ilan Isakov, Dan Teicher
Sound: Alison Klayman
Producer: Marie Therese Guirgis
Production Company: aliklay productions
Co-Producer: Alison Klayman
World Sales: Magnolia Pictures