ACORN and the Firestorm
A film by Reuben Atlas & Sam Pollard
84 minutes, color, 2017
If you were impoverished and politically voiceless, ACORN hoped to change your mind. For 40 years,
the community-organizing group sought to empower marginalized communities. Its critics, though,
believed ACORN exemplified everything wrong with liberal ideals.
Fueled by a YouTube video made by two young conservatives who posed as pimp and prostitute
in a sting, ACORN’s very existence would be challenged. ACORN and the Firestorm goes
beyond the 24-hour news cycle and cuts to the heart of the great political divide.
“Documentary of the Week. Filmmakers Rueben Atlas and Sam Pollard show how
a simple lie travels faster than a complicated truth.”
“Disturbingly relevant…very much a documentary of our age.
A refreshingly clear and balanced narrative about the controversy that swept up
the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
during the 2008 presidential election.”
“Brings us the often sordid tale of the takedown of this once-proud-and-successful
agency. No matter where one stands on the ideological spectrum,
this movie is an excellent bit of documentary history and journalism.”
–Hammer to Nail
“Infuriating…a nimble analysis of the FOX echo chamber.”
World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival | In Theaters Now
A film by Reuben Atlas (Brothers Hypnotic) and Sam Pollard (Academy Award®-nominated documentary Four Little Girls as well as HBO’s When the Levees Broke and Eyes on the Prize)
On iTunes May 1 | On DVD May 15