State of Control
True stories from the next level of China's secret war with Tibet
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Christian Johnston is an award-winning director/producer/writer, and founder of Complex Films. His films include: September Tapes (Sundance 2004), True Life: Trial by Fire, Blackline: The Beirut Contract. Johnston has extensive film-making experience including filming in active war zones including the first western film shot in Lebanon in 35 years, and filming September Tapes in Afghanistan just six months after 9-11. Johnston is currently producing “The Three Hikers” the exclusive feature documentary about the three American hikers recently freed from prison in Iran.
Darren Mann is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated director, producer, and founder of Mann-made Pictures. His films include An Ox’s Tale, FightF*ckPray, Becoming Barack, and Holiday in Rwanda. In addition to films, Darren has directed/produced hundreds of hours of original programming for such networks as National Geographic, Discovery, FOX, VH-1, and ESPN. Mann is currently directing/producing a Motown-themed documentary. His work has led him to such remote regions as Antarctica, Africa, Nepal, the jungles of Central and South America, and the Arctic Circle.
Denise Bohdan is president of Cut-Out Entertainment, a film finance and production company. Denise worked closely with Amnesty International and other NGOs to secured asylum of Lhamo Tso and her children, who are featured in the film. Cut-Out Entertainment also recently World Premiered THE THREE HIKERS to critical acclaim at AFI Docs Festival in Washington DC. The film follows the incarceration and release of the three American hikers unjustly jailed in Iran. Denise is currently in development on a number of other projects for film and TV, including IMPACT, about concussion syndrome in the NFL, and THE BRIDGE, a narrative about a struggling musician, which stars members of iconic rock bands Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy, the Pixies and Twisted Sister. Denise has over 20 years legal experience and currently assists indie film producers, writers and other artists in her Entertainment practice.
STATE OF CONTROL is a bold, feature-length documentary that follows two American filmmakers as they travel undercover in Tibet during one of the most precarious times in the country’s recent history. As they document the leading Tibetan activists who are risking their lives to peacefully protest against the oppression by the Chinese government’s police state, the filmmakers uncover a David and Goliath battle with high-stake consequences.