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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 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 Interactive Wins Digi Award!

Last night in Toronto, Next Media Events hosted their annual Digi Awards to celebrate the companies, products and people making waves in the digital media industry. We are proud to announce that The Defector Interactive won the award for Best in Cross Platform Non-Fiction!
If you have haven’t yet had the chance to use the Interactive, you can still check it out - experience.thedefectormovie.com
Thank you to everyone that took the time to vote in the online poll, we might never have gotten the nomination without your help!

And congratulations to all the other Digi Award winners!

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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!

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

 

 

CSC Award Nomination Plus World Festival Invites – Including SXSW!

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The Defector has been selected into a number of festivals around the world including the SXSW Interactive Festival, March 8th to 12th in Austin, Texas. We’ll be there with Jam3 to give the inside scoop on how we built The Defector Interactive successfully from a feature documentary film project on our panel “10 Tips from Kim Jong-Il About Interactive Docs”. 

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We’re also delighted to announce that our DP - Stephen Chung - has been nominated for Best Documentary Cinematography for the 56th Annual Canadian Society of Cinematographers’ Awards for his amazing work on The Defector: Escape from North Korea. Please join us in congratulating him. We’ll keep you posted as the drum rolls…  

Up-coming International Festival Premiers for The Defector:

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

 

Greece, March 15th – 24th, 2013

 

United States, March 23rd, 2013

Documentary Edge Film Festival

 

New Zealand, April 11th – 21st, Aukland;

May 9th – 19th, Wellington

Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival

 

Qatar, April 18th – 21st, 2013

Countdown to The Defector at IDFA: Almost Sold Out!

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Only two days until The Defector premieres at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)! Check out our screening schedule:

Sunday November 18, at Brakke Grond Rode Zaal, 5:00pm
Monday November 19, at Tuschinski 1, 12:45pm
Wednesday November 21, at Munt 11, 4:00pm
Saturday November 24, at Tuschinski 4, 4:45pm

Opening night tickets are already sold out! Same goes for the Saturday show! There is still time to purchase tickets for Monday and Wednesday. Buy tickets <a href=" http://www.idfa.nl/industry/tags/project.aspx?id=c7b7dab4-d2c7-4983-b9a1-b77d…“>here!
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Thank you to everyone who ia planning on attending a screening of The Defector in Amsterdam this weekend. We are so excited to show this film, and we cannot wait to meet all the people who have helped make it happen- that means YOU!

See you in Amsterdam!

 

Help The Defector Win the SXSW PanelPicker Vote!

This year we’re hoping to get THE DEFECTOR: Smuggling Freedom showcased during the SXSW festival!

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In order to do so, we need all you loyal followers of the documentary to be a part of the SXSW community that decides which films and interactive websites get in the Digital Domain showcase. It’s a special area of the festival where you meet the filmmakers and web designers and hear the inside story on their projects.  It’s a simple voting process that only takes a few minutes of your time. Voting is done through SXSW’s PanelPicker website. Voting starts TODAY, August 13 and goes until August 31.

How you can help:
Simply sign up for a free account at panelpicker.sxsw.com (so quick and painless, I promise!)

Then you can search for “The Defector,” or go direct to our profile by clicking this link: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/2734 and give us a thumbs up vote!

After that you can share it on facebook and tweet about it all you like! Which I am sure is A LOT!

Thank you for all your support through our endeavours in getting THE DEFECTOR: Smuggling Freedom produced. We are grateful for your readership, promotion, and loyalty to our project and story. You’re the BEST!

#Seoul to host the first ever #NorthKorean Human Rights International Film Festival

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International Films about North Korean human rights will be screened at Dongguk University from November 10-11, 2011. It is the first ever film festival of its kind, helping in the effort to confront human rights issues through film. Maybe we’ll be there next year!

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For the list of screenings and directions (if you happen to be in Seoul next week) can be found at NKnet.com.