Hello team Khsara,
What an amazing year it has been for this project, I want to update you on all the goodness that has come our way.
The Cup Reader has been traveling around to festival screenings and I have been able to join the film in Toronto, DC and Florida. The audiences have been amazingly warm and the question and answers are always insightful. Mainly people are happy to see Palestine in this light and excited to see the conversation about women in older cultures happening. You can keep up to date on screenings on our Facebook page and twitter handle
I was interviewed for Jadaliyya Magazine by Noura Erakat about THE CUP READER and KHSARA and it was published this week. You can read the abridged interview here:
Or listen to our full conversation here:
We secured distribution for the short with SHORTSHD which will be finding worldwide venues for the film to screen on TV and Online. They also put together an Oscar Qualifying screening for us in September which makes us eligible for nomination in the short category. It's a long shot but send good juju to LA and the academy.
We were thrilled to win 2nd place in the Baghdad International Film Festival this October. This really meant a lot to me that the film was well received in the Arab world.
The newest screenings will be in Madrid, Spain this Friday Nov. 22nd, Opening the Palestine Film Festival. http://muestracinepalestino.com/2013/10/30/qariat-il-finjan/ And Sardinia, Italy this Dec 4-8 http://www.passaggidautore.it/index.php/en/
We are building a strong team of producers and are still working away to raise the financing for THE KHSARA CLUB.
Personally, I ventured into directing and recently completed a new short written by Nancy Vitale called RUNNING WITH SHARKS about being teased in a swimsuit. Check it out, its a fun little comedy. http://eyesuphereproductions.com/look-at.html
And lastly, I am very happy to share with you that I will be shipping out to Dubai for 6 months to write and direct a travel show called Peeta Planet about 2 Emarati Brothers who travel the world looking for innovative people, good food and adventure. You can start watching the 12 episodes in April and follow along on our adventures here. https://www.facebook.com/peetaplanet
Not to worry, there are good people working on finding the financing for the feature and we hope to start pre production in late 2014.
It all started right here on Kickstarter and you all made this possible, thank you kindly for the belief in this project and your backing.