A film by Friedrich Moser

A codebreaker genius, a revolutionary surveillance program and corruption across the board of NSA.
Against this backdrop unfolds the feature documentary A GOOD AMERICAN. The film tells the story of Bill Binney and his program ThinThread and how this perfect alternative to mass surveillance got ditched by NSA for money – 3 weeks prior to 9/11.


“A Good American is an eye-opener in both political and very human ways.” Indiewire


“Moser (…) approach evokes the work of Errol Morris, not least The Fog of War, which also dealt with the misuse of power by those charged with America’s defences.” The Guardian

A Good American, a fascinating prequel to the Snowden story  Oliver Stone


poster_newYear: 2015
Production country: Austria
Runtime: 100 min.
Original language: English
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Russian

Director: Friedrich Moser
Author: Friedrich Moser
Story editing: Michael Seeber, Jesper Osmund
Cinematography: Friedrich Moser
Editing: Kirk von Heflin, Jesper Osmund
CGI: Jamie Balliu
Music: Christopher Slaski, Guy Farley
Producer: Friedrich Moser
Executive producer: Peter Janecek
Senior producer: Michael Seeber



* Rotterdam IFF (NL)
* Diagonale (AT)
* Ljubljana DFF (SLO)
* Thessaloniki IDFF (GR)
* Movies That Matter  (NL)
* Festival Millenium (BE)
* Documenta Madrid (ES)
* Against Gravity (PL)
* DOKer (RU)
* DocsBarcelona (ES)
* Biografilm (IT)
* Filmfest München (DE)
* Palm Springs IFF
* Portland IFF
* Sedona IFF
* Boulder IFF
* Green Mountain IFF
* Cleveland IFF
* River Run IFF
* FilmFest DC
* Nashville FF
* Newport IFF
* DOXA Vancouver
* Taiwan CNEX (TW)
* DocsDF – Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de la Ciudad de México


FriedrichMoser_stillFriedrich Moser
Born in 1969 in Gmunden, Friedrich holds a university degree (MA) in History and German studies from the University of Salzburg (Austria). Friedrich started his professional career as a TV journalist and editor in Bolzano-Bozen (Italy). In 2001 he founded the production company blue+green communication. In the past years, he has made over 20 documentaries, most of them as producer, director and cinematographer. Friedrich’s professional career also includes lecturing on history and documentaries at the University of Vienna, as well as teaching video production at the Secondary School for Commercial Graphics in Bressanone-Brixen, Italy.


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