For everyone who loves a good mystery, accomplished film director Fraser Heston, founder of Agamemnon Films, offers a wonderful treat. His compelling documentary, “The Search for Michael Rockefeller”, is being released later this month on DVD in time for holiday gift-giving (www.Agamemnon.com).
We recently chatted with Heston and associate produce Heather McAdams about their documentary, a project that took 2 ½ years of painstaking work. Heston originally purchased the film rights to adventurer Milt Machlin’s book about the 1961 disappearance of Rockefeller heir Michael Rockefeller, an anthropologist and son of New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, during a trip to New Guinea in search of Asmat artworks and artifacts. Heston quickly became intrigued by the younger Rockefeller’s amazing accomplishments despite his young age and undertook some detective work on his own to locate some 10,000 feet of film footage Machlin mentioned in his book but that had never been exhibited.
Heston found Michael Rockefeller to be an intriguing character “who made a choice to swim ashore when his canoe overturned, and he made a choice that cost this guy his life.” Adds MacAdams, “You can’t help but wonder what he would have become because he was already intrepid at the age of 23, headstrong and stubborn, yet not spoiled, despite his family’s wealth.”
Viewers of “The Search for Michael Rockefeller” will agree with Heston and McAdams that their subject matter is fascinating. Watching this compelling documentary is like stepping into a time machine that transports the viewer more than four decades backwards to a primitive land filled with headhunting warriors and a wild jungle landscape with potential danger in every direction.
Your heart will be in your throat at many points during the film as the documentary provides mounting evidence about the young Rockefeller’s ultimate fate. But no spoilers here – be sure to watch the backstory feature offering additional clues that pose a few more questions about this celebrated disappearance . “The Search for Michael Rockefeller” is documentary film making at its finest, intense and dramatic, and one that holds the viewer’s interest from the very first frame.
Watch it via Netflix (www.netflix.com), or order it through Agamemnon Films (http://www.agamemnon.com/).
“The Search for Michael Rockefeller” Documentary – Gotta Love It!