DRONE is a documentary about the CIA drone war. A 58 min tv-version was released April 15th and a 82 minute version is ready for release fall 2014. Directed by Tonje Hessen Schei and produced by Flimmer Film.
DRONE follows people on both sides of the drone technology. The unique access to drone victims in Waziristan is juxtaposed to drone pilots who struggle to come to terms with the new warfare.
The film covers diverse and integral ground from the recruitment of young pilots at gaming conventions and the re-definition of “going to war”, to the moral stance of engineers behind the technology, the world leaders giving the secret “green light” to engage in the biggest targeted killing program in history, and the people willing to stand up against the violations of civil liberties and fight for transparency, accountability and justice.
At this important threshold, DRONE looks at where we are today and asks where we are headed.
Production year: 2014
Country of Origin: Norway
Director: Tonje Hessen Schei
Production Company: Flimmer Film
Co-Producers: Radiator Film
Toril Simonsen at The Norwegian Film Institute.
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Tonje Hessen Schei - Director
Tonje is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has worked with independent documentary production since 1996. Her films focus on human rights, the environment and social justice. Tonje directed and produced PLAY AGAIN and INDEPENDENT INTERVENTION, both of which have won several international awards. The films have been screened on all continents in over 100 countries, and are used by schools and universities globally.
In the U.S., Tonje worked for ENG (Electronic New Group, LA) and she was co-distributor and the researcher for documentaries All Power to the People! (1997) and Downwinders (2000). In Norway, she worked for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK (2005-2006). Tonje was the festival director of Human Rights Human Wrongs (2011), Scandinavia's sole documentary film festival that focuses only on human rights. Tonje started Ground Productions in 2005, an international documentary production company based in Portland, OR, USA and Oslo, Norway.
Lars Løge - Producer
Lars is the main producer at Flimmer Film AS. He has produced 18 documentaries and several documentary series. In addition he has done line production for Discover Channel, Co-Produced a feature fiction Film with Finland (Garbage Prince, 2011), a documentary with Sweden (Raya, NRK/SVT, 2010) and secured international financing and sales for 4 documentaries/series. Lars is a board member of the Norwegian Producers Union, representing documentary and the regions, and chairman of the western Norwegian branch of the union. He is also a board member and currently decision maker for the Southern Norwegian Film Center.
Jonathan Borge Lie - Production Manager
Jonathan has worked in television production for Eyeworks Dinamo. He was the program manager at the Norwegian Documentary Film Festival (2010) and was part of the Gullruten Jury for Best Television Documentary (2010). Jonathan was program manager for the Oslo Documentary Cinema, where he has hosted documentary festival Gentle Actions (2010) and Human Rights Human Wrongs (2011). He was the festival director of Human Rights Human Wrongs (2012).
Anna Myking - Director of Photography
Anna is an award-winning cinematographer. She is a pioneer in the Norwegian film industry as the first female fiction film cinematographer. She has experience within both fiction film, TV series and documentary, both feature length and series. In 2011 she shot Happy, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance the same year.
Joakim Schager - Film Editor
Joakim is a Swedish editor with a degree from Stockholms Filmskola and Nordic Institute of Stage and Studio in Oslo in 2008. Joakim has worked with some of the most reputable directors in Norway, with experience editing feature fiction films, music videos, documentary-series and TV-entertainment. He edited the critically acclaimed political documentaryseries "Til bords med fienden" - "Dining with the enemy" that won the price for “Best specialist genre programme or series” at the AIB Awards in London in 2012.
Olav Øyehaug - Composer
Olav has worked with film music and sound design since 2004. His latest work on "Fjorden Cowboys" is nominated for the Gullruten award. Olav is also a musician playing with the Kanossa Gang. Listen to the soundtrack.
Caroline Hargreaves - Digital Strategy
Caroline is a graduate from London School of Economics (LSE) and holds an M.Sc. in Humanitarian Emergencies. She currently works as a communications adviser and impact builder for global development, conflict transformation, and social change initiatives.
In Coproduction with Henrik Underbjerg & Stefan Frost / Radiator Film
Executive Producer Peter Wintonick
Sound Design Thomas Angell Endresen
Archive Jan Ingar Grindheim
Graphic Design Tormod Glomnes / Newbox
Researchers Sabrina Buckwalter, Paul Stephens
Additional Editors Mark Atkin, Svein Olav Sandem Natasa Muntean
Additional Camera Lucian Muntean, Tore Volland, Stian Thilert, Janne Lindgren, Anders Sømme Hammer
Additional music Robin Snasen Rengård
Additional Graphics Pitch Interactive, Google Maps
Associate Producer Sarah Tareen
Second Unit Director/Camera operator Steven Moore
Production Manager Vicky Zhuang Yi Yin
Camera Noor Behram (North Waziristan Camera), Naseem Afridi, Syed Sadiq, Malcolm Hutcheson, Danyal Rahsheed, Himran Alexander
Associate Producer Sabrina Buckwalter
Camera Hallgrim Haug, Vasco Nunes, Michael Palmieri, Michael Roberson
Sound Recordist Donal Mosher, Dylan Jones
TRANSMEDIA Mike Dicks, Jamie Balliu
Camera Serdar Ferit