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December 2, 2013 9:22 AM
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Project of the Day: LA Valet Driver Unravels after College

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.

"Namour"

Tweetable Logline: 

In a post-college rut, a Los Angeles valet driver unravels.

Elevator Pitch:

Steven is a young man going nowhere fast, literally. His job as a valet driver for a fashionable restaurant brings him into regular contact with Los Angeles' moneyed elite and their very expensive automobiles, but he can't shake the feeling that his temporary gig has somehow become permanent.

As his close-knit Arab American family starts to fall apart, Steven acts out the drama of his delayed adolescence in ways that surprise even him. NAMOUR is about the decisions we make when our responsibilities begin to weigh down our convictions -- and why life can feel like it's passing us by.

Production Team:

Director: Heidi Saman
Cinematographer: Dawn Chenette

About the Production:

"I wrote NAMOUR after the 2008 economic recession, as a way of making sense of what I saw happening around me. Coworkers were getting laid off, neighbors were losing their homes and peers were tightening their budgets, fearing that it would get worse. People were afraid - but I noticed something else. The recession was changing how we thought about ourselves and about the futures we thought we would have. I wrote NAMOUR to try and understand what the "American Dream" means in 2013 and how that kind of financial fear could drive someone to do some pretty uncharacteristic things." -- Heidi Saman

Current Status:


Pre-production.

For more information and to support this project:

Filmmaker Tumblr
Kickstarter Page

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1 Comment

  • Vin | December 2, 2013 12:57 PMReply

    I've read about this film on a previous occasion (I think). Don't remember quite where it was.

    In any case, good luck to the filmmakers. Sounds like it has the potential to say something of substance about a generation of people especially hard hit by the collapsing economy. Hope it lives up to that potential.