Sean Paul Murphy, Writer

Sean Paul Murphy, Writer
Sean Paul Murphy, Writer

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"The Company Man" Premieres!

"The Company Man," my new film for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Counter-Intelligence Division, will premiere Monday, April 7th, in Washington, D.C.

"The Company Man" is the third narrative short film I wrote for the intelligence community.  Each of the three films illustrates a serious threat to the security of the United States by foreign powers.    The first one, the Emmy-Award winning film "Betrayed," dealt with the insider threat within the government.  The second one, the docudrama "Game of Pawns:  The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story," dealt with the insidious way foreign powers attempt to compromise and subvert our students studying abroad.  Both films can be found playing on the Pentagon Channel.

This film deals with the little reported but but extremely serious problem of the theft of corporate trade secrets at the behest of a foreign power.  Estimates on the amount damage done to American companies, in the form of stolen research and development and trade secrets, range as high as five-hundred billion dollars a year.   In 1996, the Office of Science and Technology Policy estimated that six million American jobs were lost due to industrial spying.  And we need every job we can get in this country.

"The Company Man" is closely based on an actual attempt by Chinese nationals to steal a valuable and innovative process developed by an American company.  Had the foreign agents succeeded in their attempt, the company would have lost their competitive edge in the international marketplace and might've even closed -- economically crippling the small American town where they were the largest employer.  Our fact-based story centers on a mild-mannered engineer who reluctantly finds himself in the middle of an international game of cat-and-mouse when he is recruited by the F.B.I. to help trap the Chinese nationals attempting to destroy his company.

The film was directed by Tom Feliu and produced by Ward LeHardy of Rocket Media and shot by Johnny St. Ours.  I wish my feature films looked as good as the films I have done with Rocket Media.  Plus, each film has been a pleasure to work on.  I think it is because none of them have been subject to the egos one finds in feature films.  Feature films are often yanked apart in different directions to suit the egos and career needs of the principals involved.  In these films, we have all been united in telling the story that needs to be told.

Discretion prevents me from mentioning the specific folks at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other intelligence agencies, who produced the film.  To me, the best part of these jobs has been working with the agents at the F.B.I.  They are all heroes.  It is always amazing to discuss the actual cases with the actual agents who broke them.  My major goal is to capture their voice in my writing.

Here's the trailer:

The Company Man -Trailer from Rocket Media on Vimeo.

Be sure to check out my book "The Promise, or the Pros and Cons of Talking with God."

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