With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Sunday, October 26, 2008

ACF 169: "Crossing the Line" doc @ The Korea Society & other venues

On Tuesday, October 28th, The Korea Society will be screening what looks to be a fascinating documentary about James Joseph Dresnok, a U.S. serviceman who deserted to North Korea during the Korean War and who still lives there today. Subsequent creenings will be taking place at other venues over the following days.Here's the info I received about it:

Crossing the Line
Screening and Discussion
Nicholas Bonner, Producer
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
6:00 PM–6:30 PM • Registration and Reception

6:30 PM–8:30 PM • Screening and Q&A

The Korea Society
950 Third Avenue, Eighth Floor
(Building entrance on SW corner of Third Ave and 57th St)
New York, NY

In the 1960s, four U.S. soldiers serving in the Korean Demilitarized Zone crossed the most heavily fortified border on earth and defected to Communist North Korea. Trapped in the most secretive country on earth, their life was hidden from the outside world for 40 years. Not even the U.S. government knew their fate. James Joseph Dresnok, one of these four American defectors, is the only one who remains in North Korea today.

The Korea Society has organized a screening tour of Crossing the Line, a new documentary film that tells his story, from October 27 through November 12, 2008. The program includes a post-screening discussion led by the documentary's co-producer Nicholas Bonner who will talk about Dresnok, North Korea and the experience of filming a documentary in one of the least media-friendly environments in the world.

The filmmakers of Crossing the Line were allowed unprecedented access by the North Korean authorities to the subject of their documentary. They were permitted not only to interview Dresnok extensively but also to follow him through his daily life in Pyongyang. Their film, narrated by actor Christian Slater, presents a story that the New York Daily News has called “fascinating” and “unforgettable.”

Join The Korea Society on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 for a screening of this unique documentary, followed by a conversation with co-producer Nicholas Bonner, or check the schedule below for a screening near you.

$10 for members and students, $15 for nonmembers(Walk-in registration will incur an additional charge of $5.)

Buy tickets

For more information or to register for the program at The Korea Society, contact Heewon Kim at (212) 759-7525, ext. 355.

Tour Schedule:
Wednesday, October 29, 2008–5:30 PM
Johns Hopkins University
Kenney Auditorium in the Nitze Building
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Contact #: (202) 663-5830

Thursday, October 30, 2008–6:30 PM
Ohio State University
University Hall 0014
230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH

Contact #: (614) 688-4253

Monday, November 3, 2008–6:30 PM
University of Missouri at Columbia
100 Stewart Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO

Contact #: (573) 882-6902

Wednesday, November 5, 2008–7:30 PM
University of Notre Dame
Eck Visitors Center Auditorium
100 Eck CenterNotre Dame, IN

Contact #: (574) 631-8873

Tuesday, November 11, 2008–4:30 PM
University of California at L9os Angeles

314 Royce Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA

Contact #: (310) 825-3284

Wednesday, November 12, 2008–6:15 PM
University of California at Santa Barbara
McCune Conference Center (HSSB 6020)
UCSB Campus
Santa Barbara, CA

Contact #: (805) 893-3907

About the Speaker:
Nicholas Bonner is the director of Koryo Tours, which has specialized in travel to and cultural exchanges with the DPRK since 1993. Working in conjunction with VeryMuchSo Productions, Bonner has produced three documentaries inside North Korea: The Game of Their Lives (2001), A State of Mind (2005) and Crossing the Line (2007). He is currently developing a romantic comedy feature film to be shot in Pyongyang in 2009. Also a collector of North Korean art, pieces from Bonner's collection of woodcut prints is currently on display in North Korean Images at Utopia's Edge at The Korea Society Gallery.

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