Professional Development Seminars & Workshops
On The Screen: Unknown Distance
- Presented by:
- Loren Simons (Bio), Gordon Clark
- Professional Development Seminars & Workshops
- July 13, 2017
- 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
- Free Screening and Discussion
- Canon Burbank
3400 West Olive Ave Suite 250
Burbank, California 91505
“On The Screen” is a Canon Burbank screening series, showcasing films produced using Canon equipment.
In this installment we will be viewing a technical screening of the new riveting documentary Unknown Distance followed by Q&A with the Director and Colorist.
Unknown Distance was shot on the EOS C300 Mark II with a selection of Canon lenses. Due to the small crew and run-and-gun style of shooting, Canon’s Dual Pixel Auto-Focus was employed heavily throughout the film. Unknown Distance is an excellent case study showing the power a small, lightweight, single operator camera has in the right hands.
A full synopsis of the film is below.
After five tours and serving ten years as a Marine Sniper, Sergeant Douglas Brown, takes us on an eight-month journey across America, engaging with fellow servicemen that were once a part of a highly trained military team with a deadly skill set that is now rendered useless.
The story unfolds when Douglas and an Afghan Interpreter, who served with him in Afghanistan, reveal the story that bonded them for life. Recalling those horrific memories triggers Doug’s existing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) that continues to corrode his personal relationships, and has led to his erratic, inappropriate and self damaging behavior.
Director, Gordon Clark, takes a different approach from other films that explore all the differing points of view on the treatment of soldiers with PTSD returning from combat. He deliberately avoids the opinions of high-ranking military that were aware of this chronic result, frustrated psychologists buried in bureaucracy and politicians that point the finger elsewhere. Instead, the attention is on the raw personal struggles of Combat Vets.
Clark explains, "I wanted the viewer to focus on the bigger battle that soldiers with PTSD face in America. The narrative is on American soil, not on a battlefield the civilian world is unfamiliar with.”
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