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WATCH THE DEFECTOR ON ITUNES!

The Defector: Escape from North Korea is now available on iTunes in the US and other territories now. This suspenseful documentary follows a human smuggler leading defectors escaping from North Korea  It just won Best Documentary and Best Documentary Director at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (Canada’s Academy awards). And is available for viewing here:
The film is also available for theatrical and educational screenings, Tugg will organize it with you. For those of you who are looking to organize a screening, but have no budget, there is an option for you too! Gather enough ticket pre-sales and the film will come to your local cinema – check out the Tugg website for the hosting details:

The Defector Wins 3 Canadian Screen Awards!

We are pleased to announce The Defector: Escape from North Korea won three Canadian Screen Awards at last night’s Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television ceremony: Best Documentary Program, Best Direction in a Documentary Program and the Academy’s Diversity Award.

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A great team win! It’s a testament to the incredible talent that came together to make this film. Heartfelt congratulations to:

Director of Photography – STEPHEN CHUNG
Supervising Editor and Co-Writer – MANFRED BECKER
Editor – CHRIS WISEMAN and STEVE GUISE
Art Director – ALEXANDRA G. BRILLEMBOURG
Animation Director ROBERT PILICHOWSKI
Visual Research – ELIZABETH KLINCK
Music Composed and Performed by – ARI POSNER
Commissioning Editor, TVO – JANE JANKOVIC
Line Producer – HEIDI TAO YANG
Associate Producers – SHERRY BARRETT-BOGUSKI
ERICA LEENDERTSE
HEIDI TAO YANG
MELANIE HORKAN
HANNAH DONEGAN
CG Graphics – SCOTT MCPHERSON
Motion Graphics
ALEXANDRA G. BRILLEMBOURG
ROBERT PILICHOWSKI
STEPHANIE DUDLEY
SHUMING JIANG
TOM TRINDADE
MUNZER HALIME
ABHYUDAY KARN
ARTURO MERINO
Second Unit Cinematographer ALAN POON
Additional Camera ROBERT PILICHOWSKI, JOHN TRAN
Camera Assistant SCOTT BURTON
Los Angeles Sound Recordist NATHAN BARGER
Los Angeles Production Assistant JUSTIN FERK
Toronto Sound Recordists SEAN VAN DELFT
JEFFREY MAGAT
Korea Sound Recordist NA-RU KANG
Thailand Sound Recordist PONGSARID TOMECHAI
Fixer (South Korea) MI-HYE KIM, CHARLIE MAENG
Fixer (Thailand) FRANK SMITH, MAE THEEWARI
Daily Assistant Editor JARED RAAB
Editorial Assistant DAINE BOHNER
Additional Stock Treatment KYOUNGKUEN CHUNG
Translators and Editorial Assistants
EUI YONG ZONG
SEAN KANG
MI-RE KIM
Interns MAX COTTER
ARIAL YANG
Post Production by REDLAB
Audio Post Production by POST CITY SOUND INC.
Dialogue Editor and Sound Design ALEX BULLOCK
Music Supervisor STEPHANIE PIGOTT
Music Mixed by JARED KUEMPER
Music Assistant and Additional Music PATRICK COTTER

Thank you TVO, CMF, Bell Broadcast and New Media FundRobin Balick MirskyHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Documentary Organization of Canada, Canal DCTS!

The Defector has WON the 2014 Diversity Award!

The Defector is the proud winner of the 2014 Diversity Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. The Defector is not an easy story to tell, and required a diverse and resourceful team to pull it off. We are very happy to be recognized for our unique team’s talents as a prime example of the Canadian film and television industry.
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Along with winning the Diversity Award, The Defector is nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards - Best Documentary Program and Best Direction in a Documentary Program. The Canadian Screen Awards takes place in March, we hope you keep your fingers crossed!

JOL Interview With Ann Shin: North Korea is More Dangerous to Flee Than Ever

A new interview with The Defector director, Ann Shin, in JOL Press discusses the ways in which the the changing North Korean political environment is making it more difficult for defectors to escape the country.
Since coming to power, Kim Jong-Un has strengthened control measures and security posts on the border between North Korea and China, to put an end to attempts to escape North Korean citizens . It also increased the penalties against border guards may receive bribes defectors.”
 
Read the full article here

THE DEFECTOR NOMINATED FOR TWO CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

The Defector: Escape from North Korea has been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards in the Television category – “Best Documentary Program” and “Best Direction in a Documentary Program.” The nominations follow The Defector: Interactive’s recent Digi Award win.

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As media attention is drawn towards the high profile celebrities currently venturing to North Korea, The Defector gets an inside perspective on those risking their lives to flee from the starvation and oppression of North Korea.

Watch The Defector Trailer at www.thedefectormovie.com

The Defector Listed As One Of Canada’s Top Films Of 2013

The Defector has been listed as one of the top Canadian films of 2013 by Huffington Post and MovieFone:
“Director and centrepiece for the documentary, Ann Shin, is an inspiration. Not only does she draw critical attention to a very urgent issue (the defection of North Koreans), she actually gets as close as she can to the actual defection route – which is way more complicated as you can imagine.”
A great way to end 2013 – Happy New Year!

Announcing The Defector’s Canadian Premiere at HotDocs!

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We are very excited to announce that The Defector will officially be having its Canadian Premiere at Canada’s International Documentary Film Festival – Hot Docs – this April!

We invite you to attend one of our three screenings:

Sat, Apr 27 - 9:00 PM at Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 4

Mon, Apr 29 - 3:30 PM at Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 5

Sat, May 4 - 6:30 PM at The Regent

For all of our Toronto supporters who missed the world premieres, this is your chance to see the film on the big screen! We could not be more excited to have our Canadian premiere in our home city.

Tell your friends!

For tickets and more information about screenings and the amazing line-up of films at this year’s festival, visit hotdocs.ca

 

 

Director Ann Shin on TVO’s DocStudio: Why I Needed to Make This Film

In the midst of funding cutbacks for TVOntario they continue to champion great documentaries while creating an online community to showcase documentary works. Ann Shin was invited to discuss the importance of making The Defector: Escape From North Korea.

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“As a Korean-Canadian, I was in a unique position to get intimate access into North Korean stories and to tell it tio a Western audience. I started meeting with North Korean defectors in Toronto, and learned about a vast global network of people who were helping them. I met with church groups and humanitartian aid organizations. I began to envision a film about North Korean defectors and the global network of people who were putting themselves at risk to help them… continue” -Ann Shin on TVO DocStudio

For the full story and other amazing docs, visit TVO’s DocStudio.