I AM MORGAN - STOLEN FREEDOM - a 4 minute video

I AM MORGAN – STOLEN FREEDOM (video)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the world from an orca’s point of view?  Find out in 4 compelling minutes, in this short film by independent film makers.

 The film makers have kindly allowed the Free Morgan Foundation
to promote their film as they feel it is intrinsically linked to the FMF and they work that we do.

ABOUT I AM MORGAN ~ STOLEN FREEDOM

DIRECTORS’ STATEMENT

This emotive, 4 minute film, portrays Morgan’s story from the unique view point of an orca. By using her perspective, we hope people will relate to her traumatic life in captivity.  Imagine being taken away from your home, locked up, exploited and abused. Among other indignities you are then trained to perform tricks, just so you can eat. Our ultimate goal is that people will speak out for Morgan.

DETAILS

Run-time: 4m34s.  I AM MORGAN was filmed exclusively on GoPro Hero 4 cameras and was produced by a voluntary and independent team of European directors. Norwegian orca researcher, Heike Vester (Ocean Sounds) provided recordings of Morgan’s family (P pod).  World-renowned big-animal videographer, Andy Cassagrande (ABC4Explore) provided aerial footage of wild orca.  Albert Ubels, who was there on the scene when Morgan was captured, provided still photos, used in the credits.  Dive! Tutukaka provided the ‘tank’ where some of the scenes were filmed.  The Free Morgan Foundation and the Orca Research Trust were consulted to give expert advice on orca and provided footage of wild orca as well as Morgan’s vocalizations.

NUMBER OF VIEWS

First posted online on the 29 of November 2015, I AM MORGAN was viewed more than 59,000 times in just three months.  By 22 September 2016 it had received over 107,000 views online at the official location.

Additionally, it has screened at numerous venues, globally.  It has been selected for screening at four international film festivals (see below), including an educational student screening (to over 1,200 interested folks) and ‘tours’ with the film festivals.

SELECTED FOR SCREENING AT THE FOLLOWING FILM FESTIVALS

San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
(San Francisco, USA : 10-13 March, 2016)

International Wildlife Film Festival
(Montana, USA : 16-23 April, 2016)

TopShorts
(Internationally Online : 1-14 May, 2016)

International Open Film Festival
(Internationally Online : 4-8 June, 2016)

Toronto Beaches Film Festival
(Toronto, Canada : 7-8 July, 2016)

Go West Fest
(Oakhurst, California, USA : 17-19 July, 2016)

Wolves Independent International Film Festival
(Saldutiškis, Lithuania : 25-27 August 2016)

Coral Coast International Film Festival
(Sardinia, Italy : originally scheduled for 12-18 September 2016, dates now pending)

Green Screen Internationales Naturfilmfestival Eckernförde
(Eckernfoerde, Germany : 14-18 September 2016)

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
(New York, USA : 14-23 October 2016)

International Festival Namur Nature
(Namur, Belgium : 14-23 October 2016)

Friday Harbor Film Festival
(San Juan Islands, Washington State, USA : 4-6 November 2016)

BLUE Ocean Film Festival
(San Juan Islands, Washington State, USA : 4-6 November 2016)

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS & LAURELS

 

 

AWARDS for I AM MORGAN –  STOLEN FREEDOM

As of November 2016, IAM~SF has won SEVEN international film awards.

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Top Short  Audience Choice Award (Inspirational)

Toronto Beach Film Fest (Best Activism Film)

International Open Film Festival (Jury Award “Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlife”)

Go West Fest (Best Experimental Film)

Best Short (Under 5 Minutes)

REVIEWS

It isn’t often that something which takes less than five minutes of your time can change your perspective on life. But this video may well do exactly that.”
Sam Lipman, The Dodo

I was impressed with how the team created something that was dynamic and engaging. I suspect that this video will inspire people to take a stand against keeping orca in captivity.”
Dr Ingrid N. Visser – Founder Orca Research Trust & Free Morgan Foundation

The SFIOFF provides an opportunity to see many films that are otherwise unavailable to the public, inspiring audiences of all ages to be empowered through the powerful medium of storytelling and independent film. We are excited to be the world premiere for I Am Morgan, as it exemplifies the type of films we screen, focusing on a specific need within the ocean realm with a call to action. I highly encourage everyone to see this film.” (Ana Blanco, Executive Director SFIOFF 3 March 2016.)

PRESS KIT

2-page press kit (pdf)

Press Kit short film I am Morgan - Stolen Freedom

 

International Premier I AM MORGAN – STOLEN FREEDOM at San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (SFIOFF)

March 2016

The International Premier of IAMSF occurred in March 2016 at the SFIOFF.

FMF board member Matthew Spiegl and FMF volunteer and filmmaker Heiko Grimm attended and distributed information flyers to the public.  Heiko Grimm also made presentations about the film and orca Morgan to 1,200 students as part of the SFIOFF Student Education Program.

IAMSF @SFIOFF 2016-Matt Spiegl (FMF Board Member) at FMF table.
IAMSF @SFIOFF 2016-Matt Spiegl at FMF table.
Matt Spiegl, FMF Board Member (left) with Heiko Grimm, FMF volunteer and independent film maker
Matt Spiegl, FMF Board Member (left) with Heiko Grimm, FMF volunteer and independent film maker

 

FMF Board Member, Matt Spiegl, at FMF table with attendees.
FMF Board Member, Matt Spiegl, at FMF table with attendees.
FMF volunteer and independent film maker, Heiko Grimm, at FMF table with attendees.
FMF volunteer and independent film maker, Heiko Grimm, at FMF table with attendees.

 

I AM MORGAN – STOLEN FREEDOM at Toronto Beaches Film Festival

7-8 July, 2016

Local residents and keen animal advocates on many levels, Diane, Rob and Carly, kindly distributed fliers for IAMSF.  They also hosted a Q&A about the issues Morgan faces and discussed the implications of keeping orca in captivity.  These are particularly pertinent given that Canada has a lone captive orca, Kiska, held in atrocious conditions at Marineland Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Dr Ingrid Visser ‘attended’ via video conferencing for the Q&A session.

Carly, with IAMSF flyers for festival attendees
Carly, with IAMSF flyers for festival attendees
Helping promote IAMSF, Toronto Beaches Film Festival, ticket desk
Helping promote IAMSF, Toronto Beaches Film Festival, ticket desk
Dr Ingrid Visser 'attended' the festival via video conferencing
Dr Ingrid Visser ‘attended’ the festival via video conferencing
IAMSF flyers specifically for Toronto Beach Film Festival
IAMSF flyers specifically for Toronto Beach Film Festival

I AM MORGAN – STOLEN FREEDOM at Green Screen, Eckernfoerde, Germany

September 2016

FMF board member Rosina Lisker and FMF volunteer and filmmaker Heiko Grimm attended and distributed information flyers to the public and other film makers during 14-18 September 2016.  Additionally, Rosina Lisker attended Green Screen in 2014 and distributed FMF stickers.

Rosina Lisker & Heiko Grimm at 'Green Screen', Germany, September 2016
Rosina Lisker & Heiko Grimm at ‘Green Screen’, Germany, September 2016
The FMF information table at Green Screen, Eck
The FMF information table at Green Screen, Eck

I AM MORGAN – appearances through other avenues

The Canary News – a web-based news source has featured “I am Morgan, Stolen Freedom” on their facebook page and received some very heartfelt comments and over 500 shares.

Screen grab of The Canary News facebook page posting, 9 June 2016.
Screen grab of The Canary News facebook page posting, 9 June 2016.

 

SUPERPOD5 (18-22 July 2016), San Juan Islands, Washington State, USA

An international gathering of people interested orca, Superpod has been run annually for the last five years.  A presentation of I am Morgan – Stolen Freedom was screened during a lecture session, along with a presentation by Dr Ingrid N. Visser.

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