DIFRET U.S. Theatrical Release - opens in NYC this weekend!
Hi Kickstarter Supporter,
Thank you so much for your support of DIFRET (formerly called OBLIVION). It's been a long road with this project and we are excited to announce that... Read more
End of year update and Los Angeles Premiere
Dear Kickstarter Supporters,
It's been a long time since we sent you an update but that's only because it's been an incredibly busy year. We have been on the film... Read more
Sundance - here we come!
Hello Kickstarter Backers,
Our team has some exciting news. We are thrilled to announce that our feature film DIFRET (formerly called OBLIVION) has been accepted to the 2014 Sundance Film... Read more
DARE formerly called OBLIVION nears completion
Hello Kickstarter backers,
We have some news to share.
Our film, formerly called OBLIVION, has a new title: DARE. This is the English translation of the film's Amharic title which... Read more
We did it!
This is the last and final update for our Kickstarter campaign. Thank you so much for your generosity and support. With your help we not only hit our... Read more
Thank You Video Message
We have two daysleft in our Kickstarter campaign and are 75% of the way there. Leelai and I have been watching the Kickstarter tally hourly and have... Read more
Using film to teach
So how did a doctor exactly start producing films? I get asked this question a lot and my response is always the same. Films are the most efficient way I... Read more
Thank you from Ethiopia
Leelai and I are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia casting for OBLIVION. We will be auditioning over 300 actors in the next two weeks. Its really exciting! Casting began... Read more
Flying to Ethiopia in 2 hours
One of the joys of being a director/producer is working with so many talented people. This week, I directed a very cool promo for the CEO of a company called... Read more
Making a feature
For the past several years, I’ve been working on a personal documentary about family secrets and race called Outside the Box. Like Oblivion, its story is concerned with some much... Read more
Giving my heart
I read an article on rejection (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/hollywood-the-couch/201201/how-survive-rejection) and it made me think about the journey with Oblivion. The false starts, the financing that fell through, and the rejections from agents... Read more
Blood, sweat and tears
Hello from London!
I’m heading to a meeting now with a potential donor to the movie so I’m summoning up my most persuasive powers.
It is hard to describe what... Read more
Going to Ethiopia
I am off to Ethiopia this week to scout for locations for OBLIVION and begin the casting process. As you can see, the packing process has begun. In... Read more
Surprises along the way
Making a film is a labor of love that takes a village. The case of Oblivion has been no different. But in this case it has brought me... Read more
Learn about why we are making this film!
The conditions under which young girls all around the world are forced into marriage bear a striking resemblance – namely violence. Oblivionis a feature film based on the true... Read more