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‘The Winds That Scatter’ Takes a Fresh Perspective on Post-September 11 America

'The Winds That Scatter' Takes a Fresh Perspective on Post-September 11 America

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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.

Elevator Pitch: Ahmad is a refugee from Syria, holding wishes of starting his own taxi service. When he loses his menial employment at a gas station, he attempts to navigate through the current American economy with optimism. Soon, reality settles in as consistent work is scarce. An impression of hopelessness slowly begins to take a toll on his relationships, faith and sense of self, with his dream slipping quickly from his grasp.

Production Team: 
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.

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