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The Winds That Scatter
Tweetable Logline: An atmospheric character study about a middle-aged Syrian man trying to find a job in post 9/11 America.
Director/Producer/Writer/Editor – Christopher Jason Bell. Prior film “Bridges” played at Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Flyway Film Festival, and Cucalorus.
Cinematographer – Paul Taylor. Created the feature film “Driftwood” starring Joslyn Jensen of “Without” (Slamdance Film Festival).
Co-Producers – Mohammad Dagman, Ernie Hiyane
Sound Design – Nathan Ruyle (“This Is Martin Bonner” and “It Felt Like Love”)
About The Film: I didn’t want to make yet another white male-centric film as those are quite prominent in both Hollywood and independent film. At the same time I thought it was important to portray Muslims and Arabic people in a positive light given the atmosphere in post-9/11 America. Collaboration was the key to avoiding not only the typical portrayal (terrorists) but also Orientalism.
I often saw micro-budget films that were shoddy and seemed to pay little attention to the temporal and visual potentials that the medium holds. This movie was an attempt to utilize cinema’s power with what little means we had.
Current Status: Post-production.