The After Party
In 1993, the film THE LAST PARTY was released. The documentary followed Robert Downey Jr.'s initiation in to the world of politics. In 2000 came the sequel, THE PARTY'S OVER, following Philip Seymour Hoffman on the campaign trail. The third film in the trilogy, THE AFTER PARTY, is a documentary about a journalist who is caught in a mass arrest in August of 2004 (during the course of the Republican National Convention) while filming a protest at Ground Zero. Over 1,800 people were arrested. Michael Schiller's videotape leads to a landmark First Amendment case, Schiller vs. the City of New York, which uncovered a warrantless police spying operation and launched Schiller's personal investigation into the weird world of domestic surveillance. THE AFTER PARTY brings together pop culture, politics and a flair of 'gonzo' journalism, with special appearances by Andre ’3000′ Benjamin, Barack Obama, the Bush twins, Cornel West, Al Sharpton and Don King. This film takes a hard look at the precariously thin line we walk between security and freedom and examines the resurgence of domestic surveillance in America. It is the exclamation point at the end of a political documentary trilogy twenty years in the making.