The Believer


1h 32m 2001

Brief Synopsis

Inspired by real events, a tale about evolution and contradiction which tells the story of Danny Balint, who transformed himself from a Jewish religious student to a venerated principal in the Neo-Fascist political movement. Danny is an intense young man whose fierce intelligence and inexhaustible c

Film Details

Also Known As
Believer
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
Independent Distribution Partnership (IDP)
Location
Alpine, New Jersey, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Synopsis

Inspired by real events, a tale about evolution and contradiction which tells the story of Danny Balint, who transformed himself from a Jewish religious student to a venerated principal in the Neo-Fascist political movement. Danny is an intense young man whose fierce intelligence and inexhaustible curiosity once made him a star pupil at his local Yeshiva. Now, at age 22, he focuses this intensity on more sinister aims, transforming himself from a religious student to a rising star in local neo-fascist circles, Danny spends his days attacking synagogues and fomenting hate among a devoted band of followers. In a series of twists and turns, Danny exhibits all the passion of the converted as he browses militia-movement web sites, utters hate-filled but articulate discourses on Judaism and its teachings, and promotes its ultimate destruction. At a neo-fascist organizing meeting at the home of Lina Moebius, Danny impresses people with his articulate violence, especially Lina's bright and complicated daughter, Carla, who is more interested in Danny's mind and passion then in her mother's politics. When his own suppressed identity seems likely to be revealed, he flees to a upstate training enclave, further galvanizing his desire to act out the vicious vilification subscribed to by him and his compatriots. But as events ensue and striking contradictions multiply, something in Danny's soul prompts a complex and incredible journey in which he is drawn back to Judaism.

Crew

Alex Alvarez

Costume Designer

Stephanie Angel

Apprentice

Henry Bean

From Story

Henry Bean

Screenplay

Sarah Berney

Scenic Artist

Matt Blades

Dolly Grip

Susan Block

Production Designer

Roger M. Bobb

Assistant Director

Eric Boncher

Gaffer

Steven Briante

Assistant Camera Operator

Pete Bucossi

Stunt Coordinator

Damian Canelos

Sound Mixer

Claire Cario

Assistant Camera Operator

Jim Denault

Director Of Photography

Daniel Diamond

Executive Producer

Joel Diamond

Music

Renee Didio

Makeup

Renee Didio

Hair

Maggie Engelhardt

Production Coordinator

John Erbes

Key Grip

Kimberly N. Fajen

Line Producer

Kimberly N. Fajen

Unit Production Manager

Roy Farfel

Stunts

Jordan Finnegan

Production Assistant

Jay Firestone

Executive Producer

David Fischer

Office Assistant

Joe Foley

Gaffer

Angela Gallagher

Makeup Assistant

Angela Gallagher

Hair Assistant

Dave Gorn

Key Grip

Phil Gries

Camera Operator

Shahan Guiragossian

Assistant Set Decorator

Adam Haight

Executive Producer

Robert Wayne Harris

Other

Elizabeth Hedges

Photography

Don Hewitt

Stunts

Peter Hoffman

Producer

Susan Hoffman

Producer

Mark Jacobson

From Story

Drew Jiritano

Special Effects Coordinator

Michael Jortner

Props Assistant

Charles Kaplan

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Linda Krantz

Property Master

Brian Langman

Sound Effects Editor

Brian Langman

Sound Editor

Mayin Lo

Editor

Matthew Manson

Location Assistant

Mike Meador

Assistant Director

Scott Miller

Gaffer

Lisa Molinaro

Script Supervisor

Jill Newell

Assistant Costume Designer

Jennifer Newman

Costume Designer

Celine Pascot

Wardrobe Assistant

Lee Percy

Editor

Suzana Peric

Music Editor

Jennifer Quesenberry

Location Assistant

Dave Raphael

Sound Mixer

Christopher Roberts

Producer

Mike Russo

Stunts

Eric Sandys

Executive Producer

Tracy Sanford

Production Assistant

Eric Scott

Casting Associate

Lucio Seixas

Art Director

David Shumbris

Stunts

Paul P Soucek

Sound Effects Editor

Joia Speciale

Camera

Victor Spinelli

Production Assistant

Adrienne Stern

Casting

Katie Stern

Other

Carrie Stewart

Set Decorator

Craig Striano

Key Grip

Niknaz Tavakolian

Assistant Camera Operator

Thomas L. Viviano

Special Effects Assistant

Renee Von Maluski

Makeup Artist

Ben Wolf

Camera Operator

Andrew Yeo

Location Manager

Derek Yip

Production Accountant

Film Details

Also Known As
Believer
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
Independent Distribution Partnership (IDP)
Location
Alpine, New Jersey, USA; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film - Drama at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

Released in United States Spring May 17, 2002

Released in United States on Video April 22, 2003

Released in United States 2001

Released in United States January 2001

Released in United States June 2001

Released in United States August 2001

Awarded top prize at the 2001 Moscow Film Festival.

Shown at Moscow International Film Festival (in competition) June 21-30, 2001.

Shown at Munich Film Festival June 2001.

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival August 12-26, 2001.

Inspired by the true story of Daniel Burros, a Nazi Party member who killed himself in 1965 when "The New York Times" revealed he was Jewish.

Directorial debut for screenwriter Henry Bean.

Completed shooting July 31, 2000.

Began shooting June 19, 2000.

Released in United States Spring May 17, 2002

Released in United States on Video April 22, 2003

Released in United States 2001 (Awarded top prize at the 2001 Moscow Film Festival.)

Released in United States January 2001 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Dramatic Competition) in Park City, Utah January 18-28, 2001.)

Released in United States June 2001 (Shown at Moscow International Film Festival (in competition) June 21-30, 2001.)

Released in United States June 2001 (Shown at Munich Film Festival June 2001.)

Released in United States August 2001 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival August 12-26, 2001.)