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Pioneer doc on trapped Chilean miners to launch at MIPCOM

Channel 4 in the UK and 'NOVA' in the U.S. have commissioned London-based Pioneer Productions to create a hour-long documentary about the 33 Chilean copper miners that have been trapped underground since the roof of their mine collapsed on Aug. 5.
September 23, 2010

Channel 4 in the UK and ‘NOVA’ in the U.S. have commissioned London-based Pioneer Productions to create a hour-long documentary about the 33 Chilean copper miners that have been trapped underground since the roof of their mine collapsed on Aug. 5. In addition to chronicling their plight, the film will investigate the scientific and engineering feats required to rescue the men, as well as the biological and geological considerations.
The story made international headlines last month when the miners were discovered alive 17 days after the initial collapse. Distributor Mentorn International will launch the film at MIPCOM next month, nearly a month before the men are expected to be freed.
‘Uniquely for this type of disaster, we are aware of the miners’ ordeal, as it plays out in front of the whole world,’ says Pioneer EP Stuart Carter. ‘It isn’t just about the engineering effort to save them, the effects are far reaching – the psychological and physical strain that they are under is extreme.’

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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