About the Film

The story you never knew.

PROJECT SYNOPSIS
This story is a thriller/biopic based on the life of Robert W. Jackson, a Navy Petty Officer who uncovered and publicly denounced an illegal scheme to sell weapons to Iran to gain secret funds for the White House to funnel to the Contras, who had been cut off by Congress. It all started while he was serving on the USS Kitty Hawk, and noticed irregularities, and ended up with him embroiled in the Iran-Contra affair.

Based on the book Running Scared, which tells Robert Jackson’s story; and on personal interviews conducted by the screenplay author, Gustavo Freitas, Jackson revealed additional events and details that were not in the book. He also provided Freitas with documentary and other evidence, including a recording of one of his interviews. Jackson then contributed to the revisions of the script and provided detailed technical notes that ensured further accuracy in the story. Although a lot of research was involved, and the film on the whole hews closely to true events, the script contains connective story tissue that helps fill documentary gaps.

Jackson’s whistleblowing was covered contemporaneously by the LA Times in a series of pieces written by reporter Glenn Bunting. Jackson ended up testifying before Congress, but a legal maneuver prevented him from revealing the details of the scheme where the White House used the Kitty Hawk for transshipment and concealment.

PROJECT SYNOPSIS
This story is a thriller/biopic based on the life of Robert W. Jackson, a Navy Petty Officer who uncovered and publicly denounced an illegal scheme to sell weapons to Iran to gain secret funds for the White House to funnel to the Contras, who had been cut off by Congress. It all started while he was serving on the USS Kitty Hawk, and noticed irregularities, and ended up with him embroiled in the Iran-Contra affair.

Based on the book Running Scared, which tells Robert Jackson’s story; and on personal interviews conducted by the screenplay author, Gustavo Freitas, Jackson revealed additional events and details that were not in the book. He also provided Freitas with documentary and other evidence, including a recording of one of his interviews. Jackson then contributed to the revisions of the script and provided detailed technical notes that ensured further accuracy in the story. Although a lot of research was involved, and the film on the whole hews closely to true events, the script contains connective story tissue that helps fill documentary gaps.

Jackson’s whistleblowing was covered contemporaneously by the LA Times in a series of pieces written by reporter Glenn Bunting. Jackson ended up testifying before Congress, but a legal maneuver prevented him from revealing the details of the scheme where the White House used the Kitty Hawk for transshipment and concealment.

Creative Team

Gustavo
Freitas

WRITER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Gustavo Freitas is a Brazilian screenwriter with a background as an Intelligence Officer at the Brazilian Marine Corps, where he reached the rank of captain. After that, he became a lawyer and a federal attorney, working as a legal adviser in the presidential staff under two different Presidents. With this personal experience on intelligence and politics, Gustavo interviewed Robert Jackson for a period of eight months to research his participation in the Iran-Contra scandal and to adapt his memoir into a screenplay.

Ray
Ellingsen

PRODUCER

Ray Ellingsen began his film career in 1987 as a writer. He has since gone on to pursue numerous aspects of filmmaking, from directing and producing, to supervising post-production of feature films, documentaries, and commercials. In 1999, Ellingsen helped form the motion picture entertainment company, Ugly Old Bird Productions, which produced multiple film and video projects during its five years of doing business.

Ellingsen moved to Arizona in 2005 to manage the largest motion picture film studio in the state of Arizona, Hollywood-Phoenix Film Studios. Within a year, Ellingsen brought in three feature films, numerous commercials, as well as a television series for the studio to produce. Ellingsen left the studio and moved back to Los Angeles to further his filmmaking career.

To date, Ellingsen has written and directed two documentaries and a feature film, along with a multitude of commercial, instructional and industrial projects. He has also produced nine feature films and over 30 video and commercial projects, with two feature films currently in development.

Lee
Roth

DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE & CO-PRODUCER

Lee Roth began producing entertainment content in 1995 when he opened one of the very first web design studios. With an initial focus on computer game and television studios, Lee also offered photography services to his entertainment clients. Early in 1997 he won the WebDweeb web design contest for HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, launching his career in Hollywood. As an online producer, Lee participated in several combined broadcast/internet firsts including VIBe (The CW Network – 1997), the first late night talk show to go live online, and Sinbad’s Soul Music Festival Part IV from Aruba (HBO – 1998). In 2001, Lee’s cameras took him on-set to shoot production stills for independent film and television, as well as to the press line at Hollywood’s most prestigious events including the Academy Awards® and Primetime Emmy Awards. As of 2015, Lee has worked directly with European film financiers advising them on feature film and television project submissions. Since that time, Lee has read hundreds of scripts and currently works with Moving Pictures Media Group as a Development Executive.

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Moving Pictures Media Group

Moving Pictures Media Group, also known as MPMG, is a production company founded for motion picture, television, and internet content. MPMG provides a full suite of services to assist independent filmmakers, production companies and investors in the development, production, post-production, distribution, and marketing of their projects. Managing Director and Chief Creative Officer, Michael Minkler is a three-time Academy Award winner for his outstanding work on Black Hawk Down, Chicago, and Dreamgirls. A seasoned professional who has collaborated on over 200 projects with Hollywood’s elite directors, his most recent works include the Academy Award winning film, The Hateful Eight, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Chief Legal and Operations Officer, Ron Takehara, has a wide range of legal experience in the entertainment industry, from high profile cases involving motion picture and television industry litigation, to representing entertainment production companies, television networks, actors, stunt men and women, and screenwriters.

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Moving Pictures Media Group

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