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Infiltrating Hollywood is an independent documentary on the controversial and FBI repressed film The Spook Who Sat By the Door. Read more

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Infiltrating Hollywood is an independent documentary on the controversial and FBI repressed film The Spook Who Sat By the Door.

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Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door is the story of the controversial and FBI repressed 1973 film The Spook Who Sat by the Door.  The Spook tells the story of Dan Freeman the first black man inducted into the CIA.  Freeman returns to Chicago to teach young black gang members to become Freedom Fighters in the Black Revolution.  Through interviews with Sam Greenlee, Berlie Dixon, widow of director Ivan Dixon, Academy Award winning editor Michael Kahn, Melvin Van Peebles, actors, investors and academics.  Infiltrating Hollywood tells the story of the Spook from its inception as a novel to the film's release and repression. 

As co-directors Cliff Ward and I (Christine Acham) made this film using our own funds.  The film has been on the festival circuit for six months, won the Best Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival, the Best Film: CineSoul at the Sacramento International Film Festival and the Saatchi and Saatchi "Nothing is Impossible" Producer's Award at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival.  We have also had the opportunity to meet great people at several other festivals including the Athens International Film Festival, The Big Muddy and The Beverly Hills Film Festival. 

We now have this great opportunity to bring our film from the festivals to a wider television audience.  In order to do this we need finishing funds to put the final editing touches onto the film, package it for the networks and to get help publicizing the project.  Infiltrating Hollywood is such an important story of repression and survival and it needs to heard by as wide an audience as possible.

Screenings

Black Harvest Film Festival
Chicago, U S A
August 2011

Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival
Saatchi and Saatchi Nothing is Impossible Producer's Award
Martha's Vineyard, U S A
August 2011

Black Cinema At Large
San Francisco, U S A
June 2011

San Francisco Black Film Festival
San Francisco, U S A
June 2011

Athens International Film and Video Festival
Athens, U S A
April 2011

Beverly Hills Film Festival
Beverly Hills, U S A
April 2011

Sacramento International Film Festival
Best Film-CineSoul
Sacramento, U S A
April 2011

Society of Cinema and Media Studies
New Orleans, U S A
March 2011

Big Muddy Film Festival
Carbondale, U S A
February 2011

San Diego Black Film Festival
Best Film
San Diego, U S A
January 2011

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