Hello Friends & Ramadan Kareem,
Wow, after months of work.. things are moving very very quickly all of a sudden. The first rough cut was finished almost a month ago. It was two hours long.. WOWZA! We sent it to several people, one of which was a long-time producer for the National Film Board of Canada who has been mentoring us through the process. The overall feedback was very good, and the consensus was, we needed to minimize the politics. Everyone agreed that it's very interesting but at 2 hours, something's gotta go, and music starts to get lost in there so I should save it for another film.. anyone interested?
ANYWAY, after just a week of making some major structural changes.. #2 was done and I must admit it was a much better cut. We are now working on #3 and it keeps getting better! Things are really starting to come together nicely and we plan to have this cut finished by next week.
Regarding film festivals.. we were advised that as prestigious as Toronto International Film Festival is, it's not for our film. Small documentaries tend to get overshadowed by the larger films with big name actors so even if we got accepted it would be really difficult to get media attention and meet the right distributors/broadcasters. So where are we going? Amsterdam! And no not to hang out in their infamous cafes ;) The International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam is widely regarded as one of, if not THE, most important documentary film festivals in the world. Therefore if we get accepted there (fingers crossed!), the film will get both a prestigious push and the opportunity to meet with the right buyers. The August 1 deadline is approaching very quickly but the editing is going well so we plan on finishing all picture editing by the end of this month and submitting it as a work-in-progress.
Until then I'll leave you with another crowdfunding campaign I think deserves your support. It's called Media with Conscience by our dear friend Shahram Vadhany. If you appreciate independent news with integrity, please support their campaign. Shahram helped us tremendously during our campaign by not only donating, but featuring us in an article and placing an ad on the Media with Conscience website.
And also a beautiful performance of Persian classical music :)
Amar & Salam Films Team