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Independent comedy/drama about a Sudanese man at a Texas chicken farm.
Independent comedy/drama about a Sudanese man at a Texas chicken farm.
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WHAT IS FAISAL GOES WEST?

Faisal Goes West is a narrative (fiction) film using comedy and drama to depict a Sudanese family's adjustment to life in America.

FROM THE CITY OF KHARTOUM TO THE TEXAS COUNTRYSIDE

Faisal and his family arrive in Texas with ambitious expectations. Things turn sour when Faisal's father receives bad news from Sudan. The family must make money fast, a difficult task considering they are still adjusting to a new environment, language, and lifestyle.

Feeling a need to share the burden, Faisal abandons his dreams of American university to work on a chicken farm. Only through humility and hardship can he learn the tough lessons necessary to gain ground in his new home.

HOW THINGS HATCH

The project consists of the production and post-production of the film.

A quick timeline:

Pre-production through December 31, 2011

Production January 2-9, 2012

Post-production January 15 through March 31, 2012

WHO'S INVOLVED?

A Dallas-based production team will be joined by local and nationwide actors for the January production. I will also bring in some filmmaker friends of mine who have themselves made the journey from East to West.

Some of our team:

Abakar Chene Massar (Assistant Director) is a Chadian filmmaker based in Montréal, Canada, who wrote and co-directed Addabache Djay Wara and Le Pèlerin de Camp Nou with Bentley in Ati, Chad.

Alyaa Musa (Director of Photography) is a Sudanese filmmaker based in London, England.

Bentley Brown (Writer/Director) is a filmmaker based somewhere between Sudan and Texas.

Justin Banta (Producer) is the founder of Dallas-based Refugee Writers

Kathryn Weber (Film Art) is a Dallas-based artist and graduate of the University of North Texas. Check her work out here.

Mustafa Al-Sunni (Soundtrack) is a Sudanese recording artist based in Cairo, Egypt. Check him out on last.fm.

Rani Birchfield (Producer) is a Dallas-based writer and entrepreneur with extensive experience in business start-up and ownership. She also works with the International Rescue Committee.

Zenobia Azeem (Producer) is an experienced program coordinator with the Carter Center in Sudan and South Sudan.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Every single dollar contributed to the film will go toward production costs in the form of equipment, people, and transportation. I've always said a film's beauty lies not in how much money it was made with but how much that money accomplished.

PAST WORK

I shot my last film, the feature Le Pèlerin de Camp Nou (written by, co-directed by, and starring Abakar), in Chad with the collaboration of around 100 volunteer cast and crew, longtime neighbors and friends.

We took a $1500 budget and made a film that was selected at festivals in Cannes, Montreal, London, Rotterdam, and premiered this year on international TV in 25 countries.

We're confident that Faisal will reach an even larger audience.

WHAT'S NEXT?

It doesn't stop here--Faisal will market a potential feature film to reach nationwide audience of films like The Visitor, Goodbye Solo, and Amreeka.

We're excited to have you on board at the genesis of the project!

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