Director Alison Klayman discusses The Brink

Director Alison Klayman discusses The Brink

March 15, 2019 An Eastern Region Special Projects Documentary Series Screening

After helping to navigate Donald Trump into the Oval Office in 2016, political consultant Steve Bannon was appointed chief strategist to the new administration but was forced to resign after a series of missteps. Now unconstrained by an official post, Bannon is free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker and anointing himself leader of the “populist movement,” he travels around the U.S. and the world spreading his hard-line anti-immigration message.

Director Alison Klayman’s The Brink is a fly-on-the-wall chronicle of Bannon’s global mission to spread extreme nationalism. Tracking his moves through the 2018 American mid-term elections, this startling documentary sheds light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties around the world.

Following the DGA Eastern Region Special Projects Committee’s Documentary Series screening in New York on March 15, Klayman discussed the making of the film in a conversation moderated by Director Kristi Jacobson (A Place at the Table).

In addition to The Brink, Klayman's filmography includes the documentary features Take Your Pills and 11/8/16 and episodes of the documentary series Enhanced and Op-Docs. She was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for her 2012 film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. Klayman has been a DGA member since 2017.

You can listen to Klayman's Q&A by clicking the podcast episode embedded below. You can find more DGA podcast episodes here.


Event photos by Marcie Revens - Print courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

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