Edward Snowden (A Short Film)

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Now showing with English subtitles, and -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This is a short film based on the events of Edward Joseph Snowden/, a former CIA and NSA employee who leaked a top secret mass surveillance programme from the US and UK.We have never met or been in contact with Edward Joseph Snowden.We are a band of independent and amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong who were both excited and puzzled as to why Snowden chose to come to Hong Kong. While nearly every media outlet wanted to get their hands on him, we decided to produce a short fictional video to depict his experience in HK, and how it would have affected certain parties: Namely, the CIA contingent based in HK who would be tasked to find Snowden. The Hong Kong Police who would be stuck in between the US and China. And the journalists who want to get the scoop. It was also important for us not to 'twist' Snowden's character. We really knew little about him. Although he is a central character, he is not the most prominent. It is more about the maelstrom of events surrounding him.The idea was hatched two days after he revealed his identity, and principal filming began on June 20th. We were also filming on the same day (23rd) when we learned Snowden had left the city. Therefore we ramped up production efforts and published our short film 'Verax' on the 25th. 'Verax' was the alias Snowden used when contacting journalists via encrypted chat services. We loved the idea of having Snowden here and the media frenzy it created. We really wanted to make a film based on such real-life news events, especially as it continued to develop. This project really tested our mettle especially when most of us had day jobs. To reiterate, we made this for fun and for the love of filmmaking. We had no commercial or political motives.Directed and produced byJeff Floro (Junk Shot: www.junkshot.org)Edwin Lee (Fallout Media: www.falloutmediahk.com)Shawn Tse (Junk Shot)Marcus Tsui (Immortal Peach: www.immortalpeach.com)Associate producerCassandra Chan (Slate Takes: www.slatetakes.com)Written byEdwin LeeMarcus TsuiDirectors of PhotographyEdwin LeeJeff FloroEdited byEdwin LeeStarringAndrew Cromeek as Edward SnowdenGuo Aibing as Wu XingweiEdwin Chin as Security Wing officer Tsang Tak-longThomas Easterling as HK CIA Station Chief Carl HamiltonJustin Lau as Security Wing officer Vincent LeeShi Yi Ng as Lecia LauGabe Ostley as CIA Analyst Owen FieldingRobert Hinson as HK CIA Operations ManagerCindy Wong as Security Wing officer Vanessa WuSimon Zeng Hao as Ministry of State Security attachMusic composed byGareth Coker (audiojungle)Thomas Vo (audiojungle)Subtitles byMaggie LinChris C.Takashi OtaSpecial thanksChristine JagolinoDiane To XKAREKROWGeek talk:Canon 5D Mark II and IIIZeiss 18mm, 28mm, 50mm, 85mmEdelkrone rigs

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