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Posted by Jackie Marusiak at 11:37PM
Rodrigo Brandão, courtesy of The Intercept.


Blog post written by Jackie Marusiak, Documentary Studies and Production ‘21, FLEFF Intern.


Tension and skepticism pervade media consumers every day.


The term ‘fake news’ could describe anything seen on TV or read in a publication, depending on who you ask.


Journalists are under attack, literally in many instances, for reporting on both complex and controversial issues and the ordinary news of small cities.


In our increasingly polarized media world, news publications like The Intercept attempt to break down misconceptions and wage what TIME calls the “war on truth.” Inspired by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, The Intercept produces “fearless, adversarial journalism.”


The Intercept produces multimedia content like “The Truth About Isreal, Boycotts, and BDS” and “Drug Traffickers in Rio Explain How Brazil’s Elections Work in the Favelas.”


Shortly before the 2018 midterm elections, The Intercept released “A Short History of U.S. Meddling in Foreign Elections.” In the video, columnist Mehdi Hasan explains the contradiction between Americans’ anger about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and complacency with U.S. interference in a plethora of foreign elections.


The Intercept doesn’t shy away from controversial subjects or hedge around the point, even if it’s touchy.


Rodrigo Brandão, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, is a 2001 graduate of Ithaca College’s Cinema and Photography and Art History Programs. He is currently the Director of Communications at The Intercept.


He previously conducted media strategy for feature films at Kino Lorber, campaigning for films like Machines, Tom of Finland and 5 Broken Cameras. Brandão also founded Cinema Slate, a distribution label focused on foreign cinema, especially Latin American film.


Selected shorts from The Intercept will screen on Sunday, April 7 at 1:55 p.m. at Cinemapolis with Rodrigo Brandão in attendance.

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