Private Project


If a New York state-run agency is accused of a crime, the Office of the Attorney General is in charge of both investigating those claims and defending the agency.

It is the epitome of a conflict of interest.

The five subjects in this film highlight the lengths the New York State government will go to silence people willing to expose atrocities across the state.

  • Stephen James Cole
  • Stephen James Cole
  • Kathy Cole
  • Kathy Cole
    Key Cast
  • Frank Vetro
    Key Cast
  • Mary Ellen Belding
    Key Cast
  • Walter Wenger
    Key Cast
  • Michael Carey
    Key Cast
  • Stephen James Cole
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Crime, Whistleblower, New York
  • Runtime:
    50 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 23, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival
    Washington DC
    United States
    July 30, 2019
    Special Screening
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Stephen James Cole

Born in 1988 in the suburbs of New York City, Stephen has always had a deep love for his city and state. He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology for Communication Design and has worked in many different fields. After working as a paralegal for his parents' attorney for several years and saw the extreme prejudices in the court system, Stephen decided to tell his family's story through the most powerful medium he knew: Film.

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Director Statement

The only way to expose the injustices in New York State is through film. The court system is rigged for whistleblowers and the art of storytelling is the most powerful tool we have.