MANUFACTURING THE THREAT, 85min., Canada
Directed by Amy Miller
For the first time ever, a feature-length documentary is examining the issue of agent provocateurs and entrapment in Canada’s national security apparatus. Manufacturing the Threat is a thrilling and emotional film, which examines a deeply disturbing episode in Canadian history, when an impoverished couple was coerced by undercover law enforcement agents into carrying out a terrorist bombing. Further, viewers learn that this case is far from unique in the context of Canadian intelligence.
Get to know the filmmaker:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
It's an extremely important topic that has not been covered in a feature documentary to date so I felt a sense of responsibility to ensure there was at least one film that took on the subjects.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Financing. No Canadian broadcaster wanted to touch it making the funding options very limited.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Glad that it resonated and that people 'got it'.
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
When I made my first project back in 2007 and I saw the power of documentary.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
10. What is your favorite meal?
I try to eat a lot of beans and love anything with baked beans.
11. What is next for you? A new film?
Always a new film. I'm looking at the history and current dynamics between far right/white supremacists and the Canadian State.