There Is Now an Edward Snowden Movie

Jul 4, 2013
10:03 am

Yes, there is already a short film about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.


The Wall Street Journal wrote about the film, saying the following:

Working at lightning speed, four friends produced a short movie based on the National Security Agency leaker’s time in the city and the scramble to locate him.

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 Mr. Snowden, who declared on June 9 that he was the source of leaked documents disclosing sensitive details about the NSA’s surveillance programs.

The film, which gets its title from the codename Mr. Snowden used for himself, has gotten more than 5,000 views since it was posted on YouTube on Tuesday — two days after he departed Hong Kong on a flight to Moscow.

“We shot it very bare bones, with a  guerrilla mentality,” says Edwin Lee, who spearheaded the project with the help of Jeff Floro, Shawn Tse and Marcus Tsui. All but Mr. Lee, who works as a cinematographer and editor, have day jobs outside the movie industry. (The four men are all expats living in Hong Kong, hailing from Ireland, the U.S., Canada and Australia.)