2007     1 x 85 / 56 min  Color & B/W: DVC Pro 50, mastered to HD     English

A film by Robb Moss and Peter Galison

Funding in part by:
The MacArthur Foundation
The Sundance Documentary Fund
The LEF Foundation
The Film Study Center, Harvard University

Special Jury Award for Doc Features (IFFBoston)
Best Documentary (Newport I’ntl Film Fest)

Official selection: 2008 Sundance, SXSW,
Tribeca, San Francisco Int’l, Palm Beach,
Nantucket, Philadelphia,
Milan Int’l, Warsaw Int’l and Rio de Janeiro Int’l
Cinematheque, Thessolaniki Int’l Film Festivals

Opened Semi-theatrically: Sept -Oct ’08, in cities including Chicago, New York, Seattle and Los Angeles


This film is a visual and aural exploration of the vast, invisible world of government secrecy. Governments tell us that classifying information as secret protects us and our national security. Secrecy explores the tension between government classification of information for national security, and our need for the free flow of information to function as democracies. The film uses this dilemma to mount a visual exploration of the subject, incorporating installation and performance art, archive, and theater design techniques to construct and imagine this world as well as explicate it. Revelations from former high-ranking intelligence officials and their critics describe an alien landscape. Animation and graphics suggest an unknown world operating alongside our visible one. Music and sound design enhance the story’s visual impact and draws you into this realm where secrecy means power.

“Smart and unexpected” – LA Chronicle
“Illuminates, entertains and inspires” – San Francisco Chronicles