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article imageVideo: Edward Snowden’s five-minute movie goes viral

By Eko Armunanto     Jul 9, 2013 in World
While Hollywood is still in planning, a Snowden movie is already out there. Hong Kong already beat it to the punch with a short thriller that garnered over 43,000 views on Youtube in its first week. It’s sophisticated with gorgeous panoramas, says CNN.
A group of independent filmmakers in Hong Kong recently released a five-minute film on YouTube. To play the role of Snowden, says Aljazeera, the filmmakers found Andrew Cromeek, an American English teacher working in Hong Kong. The film also gives fictional accounts of a local reporter to whom Snowden reaches out, the CIA's Hong Kong staff, and Hong Kong police on the search.
Videographer Edwin Lee contacted a few friends about shooting a short film about the maelstrom swirling around Snowden in the city. "We were so intrigued as to why Snowden came to Hong Kong," Lee said, an Irish expatriate. "All of us love Hong Kong to death; we all call Hong Kong home."
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, says CNN. Lee, who was largely in charge of cinematography and editing, named the Bourne film series and director Michael Mann as inspirations. In its first week, the film has garnered over 43,000 views on Youtube.
Meanwhile, a film about NSA whistleblower is already being planned by Hollywood along with a separate feature about Barack Obama's drones program, says The Guardian. It says Hollywood is planning to bring movies centering on the story of data-snooping whistleblower Edward Snowden and the equally controversial US drones program to the big screen, citing Hollywood Reporter. Few details are available about either project, but the drones movie appears to be further along the road to a potential release, it says.
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