FOIA request for CIA materials pertaining to Allan Francovich

Jeffrey Kaye filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
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From: Jeffrey Kaye

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All documents held by or generated by the CIA in relation to American documentary film-maker Allan James Francovich. He was born in New York on March 23, 1941, and died April 17, 1997 in Houston, Texas. His films included "Short Circuit," "On Company Business," "Gladio," and "The Maltese Double Cross - Lockerbie." By "documents" I mean all reports, case file materials, interviews with third parties, cables, emails, digital and audio recordings or videos, correspondence, or any other material deemed appropriate, as relates to Mr. Francovich himself or any of his films, in particular the four films listed above.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Jeffrey Kaye

From: Central Intelligence Agency

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From: Jeffrey Kaye

Michael Lavergne
CIA Information and Privacy Coordinator

Re FOIA request #F-2015-01994

You have requested that I provide information related to my request for records on American filmmaker Allan James Francovich. You state that you need some evidence of his death, "such as a death certificate, an obituary, or a press statement to ensure there are no privacy considerations." You also ask for me to commit to paying all fees incurred in this search and any duplication of records.

1) I reference for evidence of the death of Mr. Francovich two obituaries from 1997. The first is from the New York Times. Entitled "Allan Francovich; Film Maker Was 56," the article was published on May 3, 1997. The URL for this article online is

The NYT obit begins: "Allan Francovich, an award-winning documentary film maker, died on April 17 in Houston. He was 56.

"He died after a heart attack at an airport.

"Mr. Francovich was best known as the director of the 1980 film 'On Company Business: A Documentary History of the Central Intelligence Agency.'''

A second obituary that can be referenced was in the form of a personal reminiscence of Mr. Francovich, published on April 28, 1997 by the UK Independent. Entitled, "Obituary: Allan Francovich," the URL online for this article is

This UK Independent article, which was written by Tam Dalyell, states the following facts: "Allan Francovich, film director: born New York 1941; married 1970 Kathleen Weaver (marriage dissolved 1985); died Houston, Texas 17 April 1997."

2) I commit to paying up to $150.00 in fees for the processing of this FOIA, including search and duplication costs beyond what is freely provided. I ask that if the fees should exceed this amount, that I be contacted by your office.

Jeffrey Kaye

From: Central Intelligence Agency

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