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An American Journalist

by Erik Sean McGiven on Apr 04, 2009

"An American Journalist" is a short film that weighs the guilt of a past event against a new encounter, that of writing an article about the execution of a murderer.  We learn in snippets that his captors released the journalist, played stoically by Michael Arturo, after the Iraqi militants beheaded his associate/cameraman (John Gilligan).  What makes matters worse is that the journalist knew going into that area was dangerous yet convinced his cameraman to come along.

After a period of remorse, he returns stateside to work and his first assignment is to cover the bizarre media circus surrounding a former child actor convicted of a murder, convincingly portrayed by David Hayward.  Too many themes muddle this film and defect from internal tale of repressed guilt.  There's the sensationalism of the Bill O'Reilly like news commentator (Mark Arnold) placing more blame on the Journalist for his partner's death.  Then his newspaper editor wants him to betray his ethics and reveal the intimate details between the murderer and his son; again going for the sensational news angle.  These secondary themes take us away from the one we want most to know about, how the journalist is handling the death of his partner/cameraman.  This central theme is not fully realized and journalist becomes a passive observer rather than a participant in the various story dilemmas. How do they affect him and how does he change?

The film was shot mainly in close-ups.  Director Mark Anthony Coger said this was done to get around the lack of money for sets and production design.  While it works nicely for the characters' internalizations at the same time it diminished the quality of inter-relationships.   Production credits are solid for a limited budget film.

CREDITS: Stars Michael Arturo, David Hayward, Mark Arnold, John Gilligan, and David Alan Graf.  Directed by Mark Anthony Coger; Written by Michael Arturo and Mark Anthony Coger; Cinematography by Jimmy Browning; Music by Nima Fakhrara; Edited by Mark Anthony Coger; Produced by Michael Arturo, Mark Anthony Coger and Jared White. Running time: 25 minutes 13 seconds.

  January 21, 2019

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