CLOSING THE GAP: HOCKEY IN NORTH KOREA
director: nigel edwards
producers: sky morfopoulos, nigel edwards, devan francis, matthew reichel, sunny hahm
executive producers: rob merilees, rob labelle
co-produced: matt drake, michael roh
En route to an international competition, Closing The Gap follows the North Korean men’s hockey team as they strive to bring home gold for Marshal Kim Jong Un.
While their commitment and dedication to their training is unmatched, they’re hard pressed to catch a break. Whether it be the UN sanctions on North Korea, or the flurry of injuries and rumours that plague the DPRK team, this film is a window into the lives of a group of underdog athletes. With the weight of their country’s history and reputation on their shoulders, they struggle to seek that which we all seek — self-worth.
Unlike any other film produced on North Korea, Closing The Gap is a lyrical composition which hybridizes elements of sport documentary (Last Chance U) with real-time, changing perspectives (White Helmets). The result is an honest portrayal of what these athletes feel and experience as they foray into the wider world beyond the DPRK.
In what is the first recorded account of North Korea allowing foreigners access to any sports club, this intimate look reveals blissful subtleties of character from a regime not conducive to individuality.
JJ BEAN - THE CALL
"If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good." - Dr. Seuss
featuring ADAM WRIGHT & ABBI FERNANDEZ
written by ADAM WRIGHT & NIGEL EDWARDS
directed by NIGEL EDWARDS
camera TEDDY EDWARDS
animations by SIMON EDWARDS
sound design MATT DRAKE ( whitehartpost.com )
music HUGO MONTENEGRO - "Our Man Flint"
special people DF, MR, SL, & |•
WHERE MY PEOPLE AT?
Bought my first pair kicks from People Footwear last week -- needless to say I was pretty stoked. I waited three days for the weather to hold out so I could take them to the woods for the official unboxing. What you don't see in this spot is me trying to get 'one last shot' resulting in losing my brand new shoes down the creek. If you find a pair of size 10 Stanleys chilling at the bottom of Lynn Creek, give me a shout ;)
JJ BEAN - THE FALL
"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" -- Dr. Seuss
LULULEMON - SEAWHEEZE 2014
Director: Nigel Edwards
Cinematography: Nigel Edwards, Shawn Lee
This allegorical film captures the frustration of a young refugee girl while looking for a place to stay. She can’t go home; she can’t stay where she is. We can be bystanders - watching from the gallery - but what if this were happening to your child?
THE VAST - OPERATION NANOOK 2016
In late August of 2016, I was invited along with another colleague (Matt Reichel) to travel to the Yukon to document an annual northern operation within the Canadian Armed Forces. Matt and I would like to thank the following people for making this operation possible:
Josee, Lynn, Chase, Heather, Mathieu, Corey, the entire 12eRBC squadron, LCol Landry, and the Hon. Harjit Sajjan for all of their time, trust, and help along the way.
The aim of this Op was to demonstrate a multi-disciplinary disaster response to an earthquake scenario in and around Whitehorse and the Haines Junction Area.
"Operation NANOOK 2016 enabled the Canadian Armed Forces to showcase its ability to operate effectively in the North while improving relationships with northern partners that would be required to respond to a request for assistance in the event of a real emergency." -- Canadian Armed Forces
A film by Nigel Edwards
Additional photography & aerials by Matt Reichel ( @matthew.reichel )
FOREVER 21 x THE AUGUST DIARIES
Short style piece featuring Jillian Lansky of The August Diaries in collaboration with Forever 21.
Director: Nigel Edwards
Cinematography: Neon Edgewater
Cast: Jillian Lanksy