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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!

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

Dennis Rodman in Defence of Kim Jong-Un

Dennis Rodman’s trips to North Korea have been the subject of ridicule and controversy, especially his latest visit of Kim Jong-Un’s birthday party basketball game. CNN interviewer Chris Cuomo asked Rodman if he would take the chance to ask his friend Kim Jong-Un why they are holding Kenneth Bae, an US citizen, imprisoned.
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Rodman questioned Bae’s actions, ”If you understand what Kenneth Bae did …. Do you understand what he did in this country? Why is he held captive in this country?” and became defensive of the North Korean leader, “It’s amazing how we thrive on negativity. Does anyone know this guy’s only 31 years old?” he said of Kim.

“Dennis, he could be 31, he could be 51,” said Cuomo. “He’s just killed his uncle. He’s holding an American hostage.”

Rodman has expressed love for Kim, preferring to not judge the man who just killed his uncle, rather judge the man imprisoned for conducting religious services in North Korea.

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!

TVO BROADCAST AND ADC SCREENING IN NYC

After months of touring the festival circuit, we are very excited for our TVO television broadcast premiere!
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Catch The Defector on TVO in one of these five time-slots (all EST):
Wednesday, June 26th at 9:00pm & 12:00am
Thursday, June 27th at 9:00pm
Friday, June 28th at 10:30pm
Sunday, June 30th at 10:00pm
ADC-Butter-DefectorAnd for our friends in New York, the Art Director’s Club in NYC will be hosting a screening of The Defector this Thursday, June 27th at 7:00pm. We invite you to join Ann Shin and Jam3 for a screening, Q&A, and a special interactive experience (not to mention open bar!).
The event fills up quickly! RSVP at http://www.adcglobal.org/adc/events/calendar/#438

THE DEFECTOR TO BROADCAST THIS JUNE!

The Defector will be having its first broadcast this June in Canada and Australia, marking the 63rd anniversary of the Korean war.

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In Australia you can catch THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA, presented by Kerry O’Brien, on Monday June 17th at 8.30pm on ABC1. It is repeated on Tuesday June 18th at 11.35pm and can also be seen on ABC News 24 on Saturday June 22nd at 8.00pm or ABC iview .

In Canada, THE DEFECTOR will air on TVO Wednesday, June 26th at 9:00pm and midnight EST. It will be repeated on Thursday, June 27th at 9:00pm EST, Friday, June 28th at 10:30pm EST, and Sunday June 30th at 10:00pm EST.

We hope you will be able to tune in!

The Defector Op Doc on the Front Page of The New York Times

The Defector is on the Front Page of the NYTimes today! An exclusive OpDocs piece was prepared for the NYTimes and it spent the morning claiming the front-and-center space on the front page.
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The feature comes at a time when raising awareness about defectors is crucial. Nine young North Korean defectors were captured in Laos last week and repatriated back to North Korea through China. They range in age from 14 to 22, and are said to be orphaned Kotjebi. They are among tens of thousands of defectors living in hiding in Asia who try to escape via China and Laos. Considering the grave risks that they took to escape North Korea, it’s troubling that China and Laos, among other nations, do not offer them protection.
The Defector will be having its UK premiere at the upcoming Sheffield Doc/Fest and is nominated for the Sheffield Innovation Award.

The Defector Interactive **OFFICIAL LAUNCH** #EscapeNorthKorea

The Toronto-based multiplatform team Fathom Film Group, in collaboration with digital production and design agency Jam3, are pleased to announce the launch of THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE

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This online web doc takes users inside the gripping reality of living in North Korea today, and allows you to experience first-hand the brave attempts of those trying to escape.

The online experience is being launched as a complement for the upcoming film THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA, and is based on the true stories of six North Korean defectors.

Find out if you have what it takes to #EscapeNorthKorea and experience the Interactive today!