Southern Circuit Film Series: The Infiltrators
Synopsis: The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who get arrested by Border Patrol, and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center – on purpose. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. However, when Marco and Viri try to pull off their heist – a kind of ‘prison break’ in reverse – things don’t go according to plan. By weaving together documentary footage of the real infiltrators with scripted re-enactments of the events inside the detention center, The Infiltrators tells this incredible true story in a boundary-crossing new cinematic language. The Hollywood Reporter said of the multiple award-winning film, “rather than feeling like homework, watching it is a thrill.”
The Filmmaker: Darren Dean is an American producer, writer, and director. A three-time Film Independent Spirit Award nominee, Dean is responsible for producing the award-winning features Prince of Broadway (which he co-wrote), Kinyarwanda, H.O.M.E., Tangerine, and The Florida Project. He also produced the Clio Award-Winning short Snowbird, as well as Pioneer High. Dean has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award (Kinyarwanda) and won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Feature (Tangerine). In 2016, Dean’s body of work was recognized with a nomination for the Film Independent Spirit Awards Piaget Producer’s Award. For 2019, he’s most recently produced The Short History of the Long Road, Premature, and the Sundance-winning feature, The Infiltrators. This year, he is producing Mo and Singular. Dean also directed his first feature in 2018, No Sugar Tonight, as he continues to develop his adaptation of Will Eisner’s legendary graphic novel, A Contract with God, for the big screen.