I wish I was there. The FBI held the first in a series of workshops for Hollywood screenwriters to help them create a realistic portrayal of the FBI -- as per the FBIs recent request. Their requests aren't in vain. In fact, they are reasonable. America's distrust in its leaders is steadily rising. A Zogby International study discovered that 75% of Americans trust the "government less than five years ago." This statistic heightens Hollywood's responsibility to not portray FBI as fumbling and untrustworthy.

The entire seminar sounded utterly fascinating. They focused on the Islamic radicalism that has had the strict attention of FBI and the Department of Homeland Security since September 11, 2001. They went all the way back to 682 A.D. to make sure that screenwriters understood the hostilities between Shiites and Sunnis -- an understanding that becomes overwhelmingly difficult as each day passes. The FBI then discussed what they do; profiling terrorist organizations, dissecting the hundreds of daily terrorist threats, and what areas in Los Angeles are constant targets for terrorist activity.

The FBI also did their film homework. They showed examples of early portrayals of FBI agents in film. Hollywood Reporter reported that G-Men was the first FBI film from their point of view in 1935. Another interesting fact: J. Edgar Hoover saw that Hollywood told the stories of the FBI, always making sure the FBI were the protagonists. He had a great point. Filmmaking has an incredible influence on its audience. It has the ability to make people think and even change their minds. So when things are tough (this being one of those times) Hollywood can contribute to the FBI's persona by creating characters of men and women that people can trust. Men and women whose jobs are to protect and create a comfortable life for their fellow people.
categories Movies, Cinematical