Andrew Rossi’s After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News – an official selection of the 2020 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) — will broadcast as a CNN Films Presents feature this weekend.
Through interviews with experts as well as proponents of fake news, Rossi reveals the toll of false information, Russian “troll farm-disseminated sentiment” and videos that are manipulated across partisan lines.
In August 2019, nearly a year prior to the 2020 national election, the FBI identified various fringe theories, such as QAnon and “Pizzagate”, as “potential forms of domestic terrorism.”
Interviews include James Alefantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong, the D.C pizza restaurant smeared by a conspiracy theory fomented by political podcasts and TV hosts; Keith Alexander, a Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter for The Washington Post; Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law professor (co-author, Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics, 2018); and Jack Burkman, self-professed propagator of “fake news,” to name just a few.
After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News premieres Saturday (Aug. 29) at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Following the linear basic cable premiere on CNN, the film will stream exclusively via HBO Max.
The documentary is an HBO Documentary Films Presentation of an Abstract Production. CNN’s Brian Stelter serves as executive producer; Rossi is director and producer. Adam McGill is co-producer.
Rossi also helmed 2011′s Page One: Inside the New York Times and 2014′s The Ivory Tower.