NAIT instructor to screen critically-acclaimed film in Edmonton
NAIT instructor Michael Jorgensen, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, will screen his critically-acclaimed movie Unclaimed this week in Edmonton. Jorgensen teaches filmmaking in NAIT’s Digital Media and Information Technology (DMIT) program.
The western Canadian premiere takes places Friday, May 17, 7 p.m. at Metro Cinema at the Garneau, 8712 109 St.
Unclaimed tells the story of Tom Faunce, who after enduring a traumatic childhood and two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, makes an oath to spend the rest of his life helping those in need. Four decades later, he discovers a man in Southeast Asia who claims to be John Hartley Robertson, an American Special Forces soldier listed as killed in action. Throughout the film, Faunce struggles to prove the identity of the man.
"I hope the film reminds people what it means to be truly compassionate," said Jorgensen. "No man left behind. No one left unloved. Tom's dedication to these oaths motivate him to perform great humanitarian acts to help others in remote areas of the world, whether they be villagers in need of clean drinking water or a man he believes could be a fellow soldier left behind. My experience in filming military-related themes has shown me that military members share a deep, enviable bond and a desire to engage in selfless service. Tom's refusal to turn his back on a man claiming to be an American MIA was an inspirational and emotional journey I felt compelled to chronicle."
Unclaimed, which Maclean’s calls an “astonishing documentary” that “raises as many questions as it answers” made its world premiere on April 30, 2013 at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in Toronto to sold out shows and standing ovations. The U.S. premiere took place May 12, 2013 at the GI Film Festival in Washington.
The film was shot between April and December 2012 on location in the U.S, Vietnam and Edmonton. DMIT graduates Jon Mathew and Nick Zacharkiw were among the Unclaimed’s editors. Their involvement began as part of the DMIT Capstone program, where second-year students gain essential experience by working with real-world clients. DMIT grad Amanda Anderson designed the film’s poster and website.
Over the past 27 years, Jorgensen’s films have earned more than 80 international, national and regional awards for writing, producing, directing and cinematography. In 1998, he became the only filmmaker to ever be granted access inside a classified U.S. Department of Defense weapons competition, documented in the film, Battle of the X-Planes. The documentary earned Jorgensen the 2003 Emmy for the Best Long Form News and Current Affairs Documentary.
Unclaimed has been nominated for seven Alberta Film and Television Award by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association. The winners will be announced May 25, 2013.
Edmonton screenings are as follows:
Friday May 17 – 7 p.m. (western Canadian premiere)
Saturday May 18 - 4:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Sunday May 19 – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Monday May 20 – 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Thursday May 23 – 7 p.m.
Photos to accompany this story are available on Flickr.
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