Insurrections delves into the thought that is moving millions of people by engaging the thinkers and activists that shape, and are shaped by, the uprisings all around us.


Production shot Jesse and Daniel

Daniel Tutt, Director and Producer

Daniel has produced award-winning short and long-form documentaries that have broadcast on PBS and internationally. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy under the supervision of the French philosopher Alain Badiou, and he frequently writes and lectures on political philosophy and social theory. He is excited about making the Insurrections film because it combines his two great passions: filmmaking and philosophy for social change.

Jesse Achtenberg, Co-Producer / Director of Photography 

Jesse is a nonprofit storyteller and currently Senior Producer at the Peace Corps. A second-generation filmmaker (father Ben’s film Code Grey was nominated for an Academy Award in 1985), Jesse has over 15 years of experience as producer, cameraman, and editor, including on the staff of National Geographic Television (NGT), the Smithsonian National Zoo, and other studios.  Projects Jesse has produced or shot have appeared on Discovery Channel, NGT, NBC, PBS, and in classrooms nationwide.  His passion is filmmaking for change.


Insurrections started when Daniel was writing his Ph.D. under the supervision of the philosopher Alain Badiou, a globally recognized French thinker who brings philosophy to bear on riots and uprisings. Badiou is one of the most important living thinkers, and his life is one that was transformed by the insurrection and protest movement during May 1968 in France. This insurrection fundamentally changed his views on truth, politics and thought and informs his philosophy today.

In witnessing the movements of our own time spring up all over, Daniel started a dialogue with fellow filmmaker Jesse Achtenberg about how to tell a story through film that wasn’t being told. Jesse brings extensive background with documentary filmmaking and story-telling.

The next thing you know, the film began to take off.


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