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by Indiewire
December 28, 2011 12:18 PM
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Project of the Day: Arab-American Actor on the Broadway Stage

A promotional image for "East of Broadway"

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"East of Broadway"

Tweetable Logline:

A troubled Arab-American actor struggles to reconnect with his estranged father while pursuing his dream of making it on the Broadway stage.

Elevator Pitch:

East of Broadway is a feature film that revolves around a desperate Arab-American actor living in New York, struggling to reconnect with his estranged father while pursuing his dream of making it on the Broadway stage. 

We are trying to raise enough money to begin production in New York City on February 10th, 2012. Having already raised $200,000 through various in-kind services and donations, we still need $100,000 to be able to begin principal photography. Can you help us out, please?

Production Team:

Writer/Director/Producer: Bandar Albuliwi
Producer: Faruk Ozerten
Cinematographer: David Cavallo
Editor: Alex Ricciardi

About the Production:

"As an Arab-American living in New York in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks, I found myself both isolated and alienated from society. As an aspiring actor, I was being typecast because of my ethnicity. Frustrated, I stopped acting and began writing. The premise for East of Broadway was born, a semi-autobiographical tale based on my experiences as an Arab-American actor living in New York City.

"Through Ali, I'm excited to bring to life a character perhaps never seen before in cinema--an iconic Arab-American New Yorker--a hustler and dreamer, part James Dean, part Travolta's Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever." -- Bandar Albuliwi

Current Status:


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Indiegogo Page
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  • Cindy Telles-Uetz | December 30, 2011 5:26 PMReply

    I, too, cannot wait to see this film! Good Luck to all involved with this film!

  • Lauren | December 28, 2011 9:47 PMReply

    I'm so excited to see this film! I've seen the director's work before and he's nothing short of genius.

  • Virginia Slachman | December 28, 2011 4:10 PMReply

    A really timely story, given the reality of issues related to Arab-American experiences and the tensions around the U.S. struggle to define itself in our post-9/11 world.

  • Jennifer | December 28, 2011 2:24 PMReply

    Sounds like a great project! Can't wait to see it!