Friday, February 19, 2016
Daniel Arts Center - McConnell Theater
Documentary filmmaker David Felix Sutcliffe '98 will screen his award-winning film (T)ERROR followed by an informal Q & A and reception. This event is part of the new speaker series Uncommon Journeys, featuring Simon's Rock alumni.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
(T)ERROR follows Saeed "Shariff" Torres, a counterterrorism informant for more than two decades as he takes on what he swears is his last job for the FBI. He invites filmmakers to follow his covert efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist, without informing his superiors. As surprising revelations emerge, not only about Torres' past, but also about the increasingly murky ethical grounds of his present mission, (T)ERROR explores just how far we go to prevent terror and exactly what liberties we sacrifice to get there.
Co-directed by acclaimed photojournalist Lyric R. Cabral, the documentary marks the first time filmmakers had access to an active FBI informant in a domestic counterterrorism investigation. It has been called "one of the most riveting documentaries of the year," and "gripping". (T)Error is described as something in between Burn After Reading and a Dostoevsky novel, except everything happens for real.
(T)ERROR debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize, as well as the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Full Frame Film Festival. It received a national theatrical release in the fall of 2015. Sutcliffe and Cabral were honored for the film by the International Documentary Association with the 2015 Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award.
David Felix Sutcliffe is a Sundance award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer. His work has screened at dozens of festivals in North America, including Tribeca, Full Frame, Hot Docs, and more. In 2013, he was included in Filmmaker Magazine's annual list of "25 New Faces of Independent Film." In 2014, he was selected as a fellow for the Sundance Institute's Edit and Story Lab, as well as their Creative Producing Lab. David's work has been funded by the BBC, the NEA, the IDA, ITVS, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Sundance Institute, and the Bertha BRITDOC Fund for Journalism. His first film, Adama, was broadcast on PBS in 2011. It featured the story of a 16-year-old Muslim girl growing up in Harlem who was arrested by the FBI on suspicion of being a "potential suicide bomber."
About Uncommon Journeys
The Uncommon Journeys series celebrates the unique paths and exceptional successes of our alumni - who are invited to campus to engage with the community through presentations that are as distinctive and unique as they are.