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Who Will Watch the Watchers?

Can police...police the police? That is the question posed by Who Will Watch the Watchers?

After police kill an unarmed backseat passenger at a traffic stop, City Hall blocks a grass roots movement for citizen oversight of police in Memphis, Tennessee. WARNING: This film might make you mad.

As an educational work, the doc is a case study in grass roots organizing as citizens are met with local government corruption at every turn.

Filming police, Black Lives Matter. Citizens getting 'Woke" to a society that leaves many behind, Dissent in the Trump era. These are the hot topics of our time and compose the context for Who Will Watch the Watchers?

Freedom Rider Rip Patton of Nashville narrates the opening and closing sequences of the film, and he narrates the trailer.

  • Gary T. Moore
    Director
    The Suburban Itch
  • Gary T. Moore
    Writer
    The Suburban Itch
  • V.G. (Jenni) Bates
    Producer
    The Suburban Itch
  • Derek Moore
    Executive Producer
    The Suburban Itch
  • Gary T. Moore
    Editor
    The Suburban Itch
  • Ernest Rip Patton Jr.
    Key Cast
    Narrator/voiceover
  • Gary T. Moore
    Key Cast
    Narrator/voiceover
  • Derek Moore
    Co-Editor
    The Suburban Itch
  • Derek Moore
    Additional camera
    The Suburban Itch
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Politics and Causes
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 25 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 28, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Justice on Trial Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 23, 2017
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Gary T. Moore

Gary Moore makes films about social justice issues, with narratives using humor and music to help the message go down, and documentaries that take viewers to places they don't see in mainstream media. Moore has spent a lifetime as a journalist and story teller and as a spokesperson advocating for candidates and nonprofits. In order to connect with a wider range of audience emotions, Moore has turned more fully to film. Moore also operates Moore Media Strategies as a media consultant and the educational non-profit Citizens Media Resource. Moore covers freedom of speech issues for Daily Kos.

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Director Statement

We were embedded with activists for five years to capture the grit and grind, the tears and triumphs, of grass roots organizing. It's not all protests and TV interviews. Once you get to City Hall, the institutional forces of corruption throw up roadblocks and dirty tricks at every turn. We call this a narrative-form, or “real-time," documentary. The story follows a timeline filmed as it happened and is woven around a young protagonist who is abused first by police, then fights his way through even more powerful forces to get justice. It is his struggle that pulls along issues of filming police; threats to dissent and the press in the Trump era; Black Lives Matter; grass roots activism, and seeking to make change within the system. Life is stranger than fiction, and even Jerry Springer shows up and helps ridicule a politician who slanders our protagonist. Civil Rights hero and Freedom Rider Dr. Rip Patton Jr. of Nashville narrates the opening and closing sequences of the film.