Directors and film participants discuss "War Game"

May 09, 2024

Post-screening Q&A with directors Jesse Moss & Tony Gerber and film participants former Governor of Montana Steve Bullock, US Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Major General (ret.) Linda Singh, former Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security Elizabeth Neumann, CEO of Vet Voice Foundation Janessa Goldbeck, founder of Fascination Lab Benjamin Radd, and moderated by UCLA professor and legal scholar Rick Hasen.

This Hammer Forum gathers politicians, veterans, and legal scholars to consider the pending threat to American Democracy posed by a potential political coup backed by rogue members of the US military following the 2025 presidential election. Introduced by executive producers Warren Littlefield and Jonathan E. Steinberg, War Game -- a 2024 Sundance official selection -- sweeps audiences into an elaborate future-set simulation that dramatically escalates the threat posed by the January 6, 2021 insurrection. The film follows a bipartisan group of US defense, intelligence, and elected policymakers as they participate in an unscripted role-play exercise. Like actors in a thriller, but with profound real-world stakes, the players have only six hours to save American democracy.

Co-presented with the Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA Law.