October 8, 2013, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Outside the Box [Office], The Bel-Air Film Festival (BAFF), and Myth Merchant Films, invite you and a guest to the Los Angeles Premiere of
by Michael Jorgensen
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Tom Faunce, humanitarian and a veteran of the Vietnam War, allows the camera to follow along on his journey to uncover the true identity of a man claiming to be an American Special Forces MIA still living in a remote Vietnamese village 45 years after being declared Missing In Action and, ultimately, Killed In Action. Shot down in a helicopter sent on a clandestine Special Operations rescue mission over Laos in 1968, the remains of the former Green Beret and MACV-SOG operative were never recovered, despite a search of the crash site. Tom, inspired by his belief in the military oath, "leave no man behind," is unable to turn his back on the man he meets in present-day Vietnam, the man whose name resides on Line 8, Panel 64E of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. And so begins Tom's struggle to reunite a fellow soldier with his family. The tale of two lives bound by the burdens of war, love and brotherhood personifies what it truly means to transform personal strife into a path paved with humanity and compassion for others.
Provided courtesy of Myth Merchant Films. Not Rated. Running time: 81 minutes.
About the Guest
MICHAEL JORGENSEN (Writer/Director/Producer)
Michael Jorgensen is an Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker with a passion for character-driven storytelling. Over the past 27 years, his films have earned more than 80 international, national and regional awards for writing, producing, directing and cinematography.
During the late 1980’s and early 90’s, Michael garnered five titles as WCNPA Television Photojournalist of the Year. In 1992, he was one of the first journalists into war-torn Somalia prior to the UN-sanctioned “Operation Restore Hope.” In 1994, Michael helped create the training syllabus and instructed the first group of video-journalists as part of the CBC’s “Windsor Enterprise” program. Michael’s contribution to the program was so successful he was asked to train many of the network’s reporters and producers. Since that time, he has trained local and national journalists throughout North America, including the staff that launched the world’s first weekly science program, Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet. In keeping with his passion for elevating the craft of nonfiction storytelling, Michael joined the faculty of Digital Media at the prestigious Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2012. He is the founder of Myth Merchant Films, Inc., through which he and his partners also co-produce projects with various American production companies and the Alberta and Edmonton Film Commissions.
In 1998, Michael became the only a filmmaker in history to be granted access inside a classified U.S. Department of Defense weapons competition. Battle of the X-Planes earned Michael awards for directing, writing, cinematography and the 2003 Emmy® for Best Long Form News and Current Affairs Documentary. Since then, he has worked exclusively on primetime network specials for broadcasters around the world. In 2004, he made Lost Nuke depicting the previously untold story of America’s first lost nuclear weapon. Michael was the supervising producer for the six-part Discovery Channel series Mars Rising chronicling the scientific and technical efforts to launch the first human mission to the red planet. In 2008, he produced, wrote and directed the Gemini®-nominated Secrets of the Dinosaur Mummy for Discovery Channel Networks International. The following year he produced, wrote and directed Hunt for the Mad Trapper for Discovery Channel, as well as the highly rated National Geographic special Hitler’s Stealth Fighter. In 2013, Michael completed the feature-length theatrical documentary, Unclaimed.
About the Bel-Air Film Festival (BAFF)
The Bel-Air Film Festival (BAFF) is an annual international film festival held throughout Bel-Air and greater Los Angeles to promote the appreciation and knowledge of film. BAFF strives to recognize top industry leaders, and fosters the development of up-and-coming filmmakers and their craft. The Bel-Air Film Festival hosted its first inaugural event in 2008. The first ever red carpet gala and opening night screening was held at a private estate located in Bel-Air, CA.
The Bel-Air Film Festival has grown into an annual event, attracting thousands of attendees each year. The festival is well-attended by the local Los Angeles community that live and work nearby, members of the entertainment community, and many international filmmakers. The next Sixth Annual film festival takes place this October 10th-15th, 2013. In the heart of the film industry, BAFF promotes a greater appreciation and deeper knowledge of the art, craft, science, and commerce of filmmaking. All films screened at BAFF are United States or World Premiere Films.
BAFF strives to screen World Premiere Films including a series of film panels hosted by elite producers, directors, and attorneys covering the topics of film finance, and new trends in the entertainment industry. BAFF’s film categories include Feature Film, Documentary Film, Short Film, and Student Short Film. The festival hosts a special student film day recognizing upcoming talent. Each annual festival launches with a red carpet opening night gala and provides networking with the industry’s top leaders. Screenings are held at private luxury estates in Bel-Air and throughout theaters in Beverly Hills, on the UCLA campus, throughout Westwood, and into greater Los Angeles.
BAFF's goal is to inspire young filmmakers and help to provide them with the resources they need to deepen their film knowledge, and the tools they need to succeed in the film industry. With that aim, the Festival recognizes top films and the talent that brings them to life.
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About Outside the Box [Office]
Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.
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Check-In & Reservations
This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.
All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D (PSD), at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.
Name: Alessandro Ago