The 39th Portland International Film Festival: A GOOD AMERICAN

A Good American

The explosion of information in the digital age left government agencies like the NSA struggling with bureaucracy and technology to keep up with the changing times. Responding to the challenge, NSA technical director Bill Binney and a small team of code breakers developed ThinThread, an astonishingly effective data collecting and sorting program that also protects privacy. ThinThread’s built-in safeguards would have prevented the massive surveillance methods later exposed by Edward Snowden. Despite its success, ThinThread was discontinued just weeks before September 11, 2001. How did this program work? Who was behind it? Why was it killed off? After Binney and fellow intelligence officials challenge this decision, they find their world upended. (100 mins.)

Interview subject Dianne Roark in attendance at the February 13 and February 15 screenings.

The 39th Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, Delta Airlines, LAIKA, Willamette Week, Regal Entertainment Group, Travel Portland, Umpqua Bank, The Autzen Foundation, Amtrak Cascades, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Eastund, Voodoo Doughnut, TV5Monde, and many others.

A GOOD AMERICAN screens Saturday, February 13 at 1:15pm at World Trade Center, Monday, February 15 at 8:30pm at World Trade Center, and on Wednesday, February 17 at 8:30pm at World Trade Center. The film is being presented as part of our 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

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