American Indie – Documentary
In honor of Veterans Day, all Vets, Active Duty
and immediate family admitted free.
Sponsored by Wayne & Marti Huizenga
Special Guests: Michael Jorgensen,
Brian Bayerl and Chris Conrad
UNCLAIMED, Michael Jorgensen
Canada / 2013 / 77 min / DCP / English
After enduring a traumatic childhood and two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, Tom made an oath to spend the rest of his life helping those in need. Four decades later, the veteran-turned-missionary discovers a mysterious man in Southeast Asia claiming to be an American Special Forces soldier listed as Missing In Action. Shot down in a helicopter sent on a clandestine, Special Operations mission over Laos in 1968, Green Beret John H. Robertson's remains were never recovered. Tom, whose firm belief in the military mantra, “leave no man behind,” can’t turn his back on the man he meets in the jungle of present-day Vietnam…and thus begins his struggle to prove the lost soldier’s identity and reunite him with his family. Unclaimed offers a compelling reason to revive awareness of the POW/MIA discussion. Have we left some behind?
Writter - Producer: Michael Jorgensen / Cinematographer: Allan Leader, CSC / Editors: Jonathan Mathew, Nick Zacharkiw / Asso Producers: Allan Leader, Chad Payne, Elizabeth Smith / Composer: Mike Shields / Contact: Elizabeth Smith, Myth Merchant Films - Liz@MythMerchantFilms.com www.MovieUnclaimed.com Facebook.com/MovieUnclaimed twitter.com/MovieUnclaimed
THE DIRECTOR: Michael Jorgensen is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and founder of Myth Merchant Films, a production company based in Alberta, Canada. Over the past 27 years, his work has been recognized with over 80 int’l, nat’l and regional awards for writing, producing, directing and cinematography, including five WCNPA TV Photojournalist of the Year titles. In 1992, Michael was one of the first journalists to enter war-torn Somalia prior to the UN-sanctioned “Operation Restore Hope.” He created a training program for video journalists and continues to train many throughout North America. In 1998, Michael was granted unprecedented access inside a classified U.S. Dept of Defense weapons competition. Battle of the X-Planes, earned awards for directing, writing, cinematography and an Emmy® Award.
The Case, Brian Bayerl World Premiere
USA-Japan / 2013 /12 min / BluRay / English
Marine Core Squad Leader Albert Abbatiello unlocks his case of personal artifacts to tell the story of the battle of Iwo Jima.
Producer: Lyndale Pettus, Don Abbatiello / Cinematographer: Mark Moormann / Editor: Brian Bayerl / Production Designer: Billy Schwartz / Cast: Albert Abbatiello / Contact: Greendoor Productions Brian Bayerl email@example.com
Brian Bayerl documentary film work includes: 8 The Mormon Propositon (Sundance Premier), For Once in My Life (Audience Awards in 6 film festivals including SXSW) and most recently Full Circle: Before They Were Famous now airing on PBS.
Letters, John Rhee World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 23 min BluRay / English
WW2 1944 - three soldiers, two Rangers and a lost Airborne, gets pinned down by a German sniper. Depleted of tools and low on ammo, they must set aside their differences and get out of this predicament and make rendezvous point or be left behind.
Screenplay: Jimmy Costanzo, John Rhee / Producer: Preston Clay Reed / Cinematographer: Benji Bakshi / Editor: Riven Aversol / Composer: Doug Bossi / Production Designer: Aaron Higgins / Cast: Chris Conrad, Noah James, Nathanael Theisen / Contact: John Rhee firstname.lastname@example.org
John was born in Seoul, South Korea but traveled and resided in many European countries; all before the age of 7. Ultimately landing in the States and making Philadelphia his home. John currently resides in Los Angeles. John’s professional career started with a close working relationship with local non-profit groups by providing assistance in production of commercials and other related media projects. He has worked for such television show like ABC’s “GMA” and has helped launch “The Martial Arts Channel” in which he spearheaded and directed the company’s television and multimedia initiatives.
The 28th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival runs Oct 18 - November 11, 2013 in Ft Lauderdale, Hollywood, Sunrise, Pompano Beach and on Grand Bahama Island. The fest moves to Saint Augustine January 16 - 19, 2014. There are over 200 films plus a galaxy of parties, cruises, and special events. Special guests include Ann-Margret, Ed Asner, Tab Hunter, Anna Paquin, Lea Thompson, Aphrodite Jones, Guy Harvey, Jonathan Bird, Pauly Cohen, William Grefe, Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon and Michael Bolton. FLIFF is the Guiness World Record holder for longest in the world.