Edward Snowden mini-movie gets big play on YouTube - New York News

Edward Snowden mini-movie gets big play on YouTube

Updated:

By: Jamshid Ghazi Askar, Deseret News



Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden may still be holed up in a Moscow airport and desperately seeking political asylum as of Monday morning, but a new five-minute amateur film about Snowden's time in Hong Kong titled “[Verax]” is already available for viewing on YouTube and is drawing broad coverage from diverse media outlets.

“(On June 11) freelance videographer Edwin Lee contacted a few friends about shooting a short film about the maelstrom swirling around Snowden in (Hong Kong),” CNN's Alexis Lai wrote Monday. “The five-minute film was shot over four days, Lee said, describing it as a ‘foot-on-the-gas' guerrilla operation. The script was mostly written the day before shooting and actors had no rehearsal time, he added. Yet the final product is surprisingly suspenseful and sophisticated, with gorgeous time-lapse panoramas of the city and ‘shaky cam' shots reminiscent of Hollywood.”

“Working at lightning speed, four friends produced a short movie based on the National Security Agency leaker (Snowden's) time in the city and the scramble to locate him,” the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. “The result is ‘[Verax],' a five-minute film that imagines what might have happened as the CIA, China's Ministry of State Security and a Hong Kong reporter tried to track down Snowden, who declared on June 9 that he was the source of leaked documents disclosing sensitive details about the NSA's surveillance programs.”

"It's hard to think anyone could do better than this collective did in just four days of filming," National Journal’s Matt Berman wrote Monday. "And no doubt others will throw millions of dollars at this plot within a few years to try. But even with four days and about a $540 budget, this is going to be a stiff baseline to top. No matter how hard Jerry Bruckheimer, Oliver Stone (or) Michael Bay try."


Original Post

Copyright 2013 Deseret Digital Media, Inc.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Savion Glover, the master teacher

    Savion Glover, the master teacher

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:31:51 GMT
    While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations.
    While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations.
  • Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

    Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:56:27 GMT
    Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed one person in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said.
    Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed one person in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said.
  • Helmsley Building lights up in gold

    Going gold for pediatric cancer research

    Going gold for pediatric cancer research

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:22:24 GMT
    The Helmsley Building in Manhattan went gold Wednesday night in honor of children with cancer. The owners also plan to do the same in September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.Other city landmarks that will go gold next month include Times Square, the Coney Island Parachute jump, and all of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
    The Helmsley Building in Manhattan went gold Wednesday night in honor of children with cancer. The owners also plan to do the same in September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.Other city landmarks that will go gold next month include Times Square, the Coney Island Parachute jump, and all of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices