Boyhood friends from Midland, Texas are arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Better This World follows the journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23) from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists with a particular focus on the relationship they develop with a radical activist mentor in the six months leading up to the convention. A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal, BETTER THIS WORLD goes to the heart of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.
Katie Galloway has directed and produced numerous award winning films and series for PBS Frontline and POV, among others. Her feature documentary Prison Town, USA (POV 2007) called "documentary making at its best" by The San Francisco Chronicle and "intriguing" by The New York Times, was developed as a fiction series by IFC, for which she co-wrote the first 3 episodes. Her critically acclaimed film Better This World (POV 2011) has won 3 top doc awards on this year's festival circuit. A 2010 Sundance Documentary Fellow and 2009/2010 HBO/FIND documentary fellow, Galloway taught documentary production at the Columbia Journalism School and now teaches Media Studies at U.C. Berkeley.
Kelly Duane De La Vega
Kelly Duane de la Vega is an award-winning documentary director and producer, 2009-2010 HBO/FIND Fellow and 2010 Sundance Documentary Fellow. Her feature documentaries have been shown in of film festivals around the world and broadcast on PBS stations and on the Documentary Channel. Her Emmy nominated Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America opened theatrically nationwide and was selected by the New York Film Society to screen at Lincoln Center. Called "stylish and substantial" by Variety and "inspiring" by The New York Times, the film is part of the curriculum in more than 50 universities worldwide. Duane de la Vega's most recent documentary Better This World (POV 2011) premiered at SXSW and has been awarded Best Documentary by both San Francisco International Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival. Duane de la Vega has produced short format web and television content for the Discovery Channel and Planet Green, among others. She recently produced two television series for IFC focusing on emerging and innovative artists.
"The stark reality of America’s post-9/11 surveillance state is laid bare in this riveting documentary" ★★★★
"A startling look at America's escalated approach to internal security. Gripping viewing."★★★★
Best for Film
"Sharply focused and superbly put together"
"A docu thriller with twists that will catch many by surprise"