HBO debuts trailer & premiere date for Agents of Chaos
As the country nears its next election, HBO has debuted the official trailer for the upcoming two-part documentary Agents of Chaos exploring the years of reporting on Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election and set it for a September premiere date. The trailer can be viewed in the player below!
Directed by Emmy and Academy Award Winner Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief), the film will feature never-before-seen footage inside the Russian troll farms and videos unearthed from the Russian deep web and dig deep into the sophisticated plans to undermine democracy, raising the alarm for the American public, but also proving that these “agents of chaos” weren’t Russians alone; they were also key players in the United States who, through venality, corruption or circumstance, furthered Putin’s goals, with a vulnerable and unsuspecting American public as their target.
Featuring subjects who have never before gone on-the-record, as well as those who have now agreed to speak at length, Agents of Chaos includes interviews with lead prosecutor for the Mueller Investigation Andrew Weissmann; former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; former CIA Director John Brennan; Trump campaign advisor Carter Page; Trump business associate Felix Sater; Margarita Simonyan, Editor-In-Chief of Russian State News Agency; NSC Senior Director Celeste Wallander, who believes the anti-Clinton hacking operation – led by the GRU, Russia’s Military Intelligence – was approved by Putin himself; and cyber conflict researcher Camille François, who explains how the IRA, Russia’s online influence agency, intended to weaken democratic institutions in the U.S. and create chaos by exploiting existing divisions, using Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Instagram.
By puncturing conspiracy theories from all sides of the political spectrum, the film offers a much more nuanced interpretation of what happened in 2016. There wasn’t one conspiracy to interfere illegally in the election – there were many – and the confusion and secrecy surrounding all of the many actors and events has made it difficult to discern the truth.
The documentary features the following ground-breaking accounts, many of which have been confirmed by the recent bipartisan report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on August 18, 2020
Building on his acclaimed oeuvre tackling far-reaching and provocative issues, Gibney delves into the complex labyrinth of internet warfare, raising salient questions about the extent of Russia’s meddling in the American democratic election process and asking at what point does a foreign power’s meddling in our sovereignty constitute warfare, and at what point does American encouragement of foreign interference begin to look like treason? Clearly and thoroughly mapping the intricate web of deceptions and interventions that occurred during the last election, Agents of Chaos takes a hard, clear-eyed look at our vulnerabilities as a nation and at the uncertainties surrounding our electoral processes, and draws a frightening conclusion about the very real possibility of it all happening again.
The documentary is directed by Alex Gibney; Part Two directed by Alex Gibney and Javier Alberto Botero; written by Alex Gibney, Michael J. Palmer; produced by Alex Gibney, Javier Alberto Botero, Kara Elverson; edited by Michael J. Palmer, Aleks Gezentsvey (Part One); executive produced by Lowell Bergman, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello; co-produced by Jennifer Jo Janisch, Clare Sloane Vance; co-edited by Ben Sozanski (Part Two). For HBO: executive producers Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller; supervising producer, Sara Rodriguez.
Agents of Chaos is set to premiere on HBO and HBO Max on September 23 at 9 p.m. PST.