Next Generation Now: Growing Influencers in the Alt Right and the Language They Use

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Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Fri, Nov 4 7:00 PM


Extremism: Confronting Hate Without Fear

Next Generation Now: Growing Influencers in the Alt Right and the Language They Use

Film Screening of White Noise (2020) & Panel Discussion of the Film and Book: Words on Fire: The Power of Incendiary Language and How to Confront It

Friday, November 4th at 7:00 PM - Click Here to Purchase a Full Weekend Package!

Members & Students (w/ID) $15 | Public $22 | Young Film Fan Members $10


·         Daniel Lombroso, filmmaker and journalist, The New Yorker (formerly of The Atlantic), director of White Noise

·         Helio Fred Garcia, crisis expert, author, and award winning academic, Logos Consulting, author of Words on Fire: The Power of Incendiary Language and How to Confront It

·         Moderated by Jacqueline Strayer


The Atlantic's first feature documentary is the definitive inside story of the movement that has come to be known as the alt-right. With unprecedented access, White Noise tracks the rise of far-right nationalism by focusing on the lives of three of its main proponents: Mike Cernovich, a conspiracy theorist and sex blogger turned media entrepreneur; Lauren Southern, an anti-feminist, anti-immigration YouTube star; and Richard Spencer, a white-power ideologue. Directed and shot by Daniel Lombroso in his directorial debut, this film takes the viewer into the terrifying heart of the movement -- explosive protests, riotous parties, and the rooms where populist and racist ideologies are refined, weaponized, and injected into the mainstream. Just as the alt-right comes to prominence, infighting tears the movement apart. Spencer and Cernovich clash over the role of white nationalism in conservative politics. Southern struggles to reconcile her leadership role with the sexism and misogyny of her peers. Lawsuits mount and internecine fights erupt, but even as the alt-right fractures, its once-marginalized ideas find a foothold in mainstream discourse; in Republican politics; in the establishment right-wing press, especially Fox News -- and on the world's biggest social-media platforms. As white-nationalist violence surges in America and across the world, White Noise represents an urgent warning about the power of extremism, and where it's going next. (US, 2020, 94min., English | Dir. Daniel Lombroso)

Film poster for WHITE NOISE (2020)

Daniel Lombroso is a director and journalist. His debut feature film, WHITE NOISE, based on his four years reporting inside the alt-right, premiered in 2020 to critical acclaim. It was named one of the top documentaries of the year by Vox and The Boston Globe. His latest short, AMERICAN SCAR, received an Honorable Mention for the Grand Jury Prize at DocNYC. Lombroso has been interviewed about his work in VarietyVoxNPR, and Filmmaker Magazine, and been awarded five Vimeo Staff Picks. He is the Senior Producer for video at The New Yorker, after five years at The Atlantic.

Helio Fred Garcia runs the Logos Institute for Crisis Management and Executive Leadership. He teaches ethics, leadership, communication, and crisis management at New York University, Columbia University, and other universities and professional schools in the U.S. and other countries.

His philanthropic energies are focused on protecting at-risk communities and battling oppression, exclusion, and violence based on identity. He is the author of five books including, most recently, Words on Fire: The Power of Incendiary Language and How to Confront It. His next book, in progress, is The Trump Contagion: How Incompetence, Dishonesty, and Neglect Led to the Worst-Handled Crisis in American History.