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A professional American basketball player accepts an offer to play in one of the world's most feared countries: Iran.
A professional American basketball player accepts an offer to play in one of the world's most feared countries: Iran.
744 backers pledged $100,466 to help bring this project to life.

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THE IRAN JOB follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard  as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics, only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season in Iran culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement – a powerful prelude to the currently unfolding Arab Spring.

HOW THE IRAN JOB STARTED:                                                                      

In the fall of 2008 – shortly after Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the destruction of Israel – we had a Skype call with Kevin Sheppard, a flashy point-guard from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kevin was about to start a basketball contract in the Iranian Super League. A minute into the conversation he had us rolling on the floor laughing in spite of the prospect of playing in a country that's supposedly full of illegal nukes and Islamic terrorists. We decided to start filming, even without a budget. (Fellow filmmakers: please don’t do this to yourselves, especially when you’re married with a small child and another on the way...) Till (husband/director) filmed Kevin in Iran over several visits, until on his last trip - in the run-up to Iran’s 2009 election - he was informed that he had been placed on a "black list" (for reasons still not clear to us), and was put in detention in a kind of "hotel-prison" inside the glitzy new Tehran airport. Sara (wife/producer) was at home, 5-months pregnant with kid number 2, while Till was in Tehran hand-shredding some not-so-cool-documents-when-you’re-stuck-in-Iran and flushing them down the toilet. He was sent back to New York on the next plane -- a stroke of luck in retrospect given the number of filmmakers and journalists recently arrested in Iran.

WHAT WE'RE DOING:

We need to raise at least $50,000 by the end of the year, and then ideally 150K to prepare the film for a 2012 release.

WHY NOW:

With the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq winding down, and the world's attention laser-focusing on Iran again this is a critical time to take a fresh look at Iranians. It may even be crucial in avoiding the next war in a Muslim country. 

Besides … the NBA is locked out, so you might as well watch exciting basketball in Iran!

PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS:

Abigail Disney - executive producer of Academy Award shortlisted Pray The Devil Back To Hell and Academy Award nominated Sun Come Up, and creator of the PBS series Women, War and Peace – is our executive producer. Berlin’s The Post Republic (Waltz With Bashier) is our German co-producer.  Christiane Amanpour graciously co-hosted a fundraiser. Gloria Steinem noted the film’s unexpected nexus of male sports and women’s rights – for while THE IRAN JOB is about men's basketball, above all it gives voice to three very brave Iranian women. We’ve also won the support of Karim Sadjapour, associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

And we're thrilled THE IRAN JOB features some of the most cutting-edge Iranian rap and hip-hop, including such artists as Shahin Najafi, Jadugaran, ZedBazi, and A2.

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT THE IRAN JOB:

  • Make a pledge today via Kickstarter. Any contribution, no matter how small or large, will make a difference. And all contributions will be rewarded! Please check out the donation tiers to your right to find the level and gift that’s right for you!

  • Spread the word by telling your friends, family and social networks about our film and this Kickstarter campaign. Please send the URL of this page with a heartfelt endorsement to everyone you know! "Like" and Share the link on Facebook, Twitter, by email or blog. Encourage people to follow us. We can be found online here: Facebook, Twitter, www.theiranjob.com

  • If you have other ideas how to help please contact us!

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS:

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects, driven by an all-or-nothing modus. If we don’t raise our goal of $50,000, we lose everything, and no money changes hands. If we do reach our goal, the film will come out in 2012. Our campaign will last for 50 days. 50 days go by very fast. If you can, please pledge now – it will help build crucial momentum.

During our campaign and beyond we will keep you updated on the progress of the film, and we welcome any feedback and comments. Thank you very much for helping us complete this journey!

With much love and gratitude, 

Sara Nodjoumi & Till Schauder

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    ALL-STAR - You’ll get the ALL STAR PACKAGE! It includes: the limited edition, pre-release DVD; a high-definition print of your choice, signed by the director & Kevin; and the official THE IRAN JOB T-shirt (see a layout below)

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    HEAD COACH - You’ll get a special edition Basketball signed by Kevin Sheppard, star of THE IRAN JOB. And you’ll get the All Star Package (see above).

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    PERSIAN CHEF -
    You’ll get an exclusive Persian cooking class with the producers’ Uncle Firooz – He will teach you how to cook Kevin’s favorite Persian meal – Jujeh (Chicken) Kebob – and other Persian secrets. (Travel to NYC not included). If you don’t like meat we can do a veggie version! And you’ll get the All Star Package (see above) & the special edition poster.

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    CULTURAL ATTACHÉ - You’ll get two tickets to the world premiere (travel not included). And you'll get the All Star Package (see above) & the special edition poster. (You can exchange the world premiere screening for a regional premiere closer to your hometown or country).

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    PERSIAN POET - You’ll be treated to an exclusive viewing of the film in the Screening Room of one of the most spectacular skyscrapers overlooking Central Park in New York City. Meet Director Till Schauder and Producer Sara Nodjoumi over cocktails and hear them recite their favorite poems by Persian poets Hafez and Saadi. See THE IRAN JOB before it's released in theaters, and discuss the film during an intimate Q&A with Till and Sara following the screening. For you and one guest. Travel not included. And you'll get the All Star Package (see above) & the special edition poster. And you’ll get an Associate Producer credit on IMDb & on the film’s website.

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    PERSIAN INK - You'll get a signed, original artwork by internationally renowned Iranian artist-in-exile Nicky Nodjoumi. Ink-on-paper, 14" x 17", see sample images below. For more info about the artist please visit http://www.priskajuschkafineart.com/artists/Nicky_Nodjoumi/Nicky_Nodjoumi.php - And you’ll get the All Star Package (see above) & the special edition poster. And you’ll get an Associate Producer credit on IMDb & on the film’s website.

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    SHIRAZI - You’ll be treated to the world’s most delicious Iranian Kebobs, served with Saffron rice and Salad Shirazi, and of course a vintage bottle of Shiraz. With Kevin and the producers. For you and one guest. Venue and Date TBD, pending Kevin’s schedule. Travel not included. And you’ll get the All Star Package (see above) & the special edition poster. And you’ll get an Associate Producer credit on IMDb & on the film’s website.

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    COMMUNITY SCREENING - You’ll get to host five community screenings in different cities across the U.S. with the filmmakers in attendance and available for a panel, and a speech and a Q&A with your audience. (Does not include our travel/lodging). And you’ll get the All Star Package (see above) & the special edition poster.

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    THREE PIECE - You’ll get one of only two magnificent original and signed three piece paintings by Iranian artist-in-exile, Nahid Hagigat. Please see a sample image below. And you’ll get the All Star Package (see above) & the special edition poster. And you’ll get an Associate Producer credit on IMDb & on the film’s website.

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    IRANIAN ARTIST - You’ll get a magnificent original and signed artwork by Iranian artist-in-exile, Nahid Hagigat. Please pick from this collection, www.nahidhagigat.com, subject to availability. And you’ll get the All Star Package (see above) & the special edition poster. And you’ll get an Associate Producer credit on IMDb & on the film’s website.

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    REVOLUTIONARY - You’ll get the original painting which was commissioned for THE IRAN JOB’s poster design and signed by internationally renowned Iranian artist-in-exile Nicky Nodjoumi with a market value of at least $15,000. (See detail of painting in trailer window. For more info about the artist please visit http://www.priskajuschkafineart.com/artists/Nicky_Nodjoumi/Nicky_Nodjoumi.php - And you’ll get the All Star Package (see above) & the special edition poster.
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