Award-winning independent filmmaker Cherien Dabis joined forces with U.S. based private financier of her film "Amreeka" to head up a new motion picture development, financing and production company called Levantine Entertainment.
The company's mission it is "to provide U.S. and worldwide audiences with high quality, socially conscious entertainment through character-driven films that explore cross-cultural themes - with a particular interest in the Middle East." The company will be developing and producing Dabis' films, as well as a slate of other projects. Last year, the company financed and executive produced "Amreeka." The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, opened New Directors/New Films and will have its international premiere at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes on Tuesday.
Acquired by National Geographic, "Amreeka" is set for a September 2009 release.
Dabis' representatives Jodi Peikoff, Dan Halsted and the William Morris Agency brokered the deal. Levantine Entertainment is represented by former California Governor Gray Davis and Craig Emanuel of Loeb & Loeb and by Gregory Keever of the financing source.