We are releasing THE IRAN JOB - The real-life story of an American basketball player in Iran
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Anyone who wishes to support the release of THE IRAN JOB after our Kickstarter deadline passed can still make 100% tax-deductible contributions here:
Your support will contribute to the success of this release. Every additional dollar raised will help bring THE IRAN JOB to a wider audience!
Thank you so much for your support!
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What people are saying about it:
"Exceptional in its storytelling!" -- Los Angeles Times
"Intriguing, surprisingly timely" -- New York Magazine
“You will be on the edge of your seat” -- Indiewire
"Spellbinding!" -- ESPN Magazine
"As entertaining as life itself!" -- Gloria Steinem“Full of funny moments” -- The Washington Post “Extraordinary” -- Huffington Post “A must-see film for the whole world” -- Culver City Observer “Kevin is a bundle of enthusiasm and humor” -- The Hollywood Reporter“Celebrating warmth, humor and tough, complicated humanity.” – Variety
Who we are:
Hi everyone! Sara and Till here from Brooklyn. Nine months ago we launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete our film, THE IRAN JOB. It was like giving birth... Now we’re back, and guess what: we brought the baby with us!
Thanks to the support of so many of you the film has been completed – now we must help the baby walk!
We want to distribute the film as widely as possible. This costs money. In fact, distribution often costs more than making the film itself. While this may be a surprise for many of you, it’s a real challenge for independent filmmakers like us. Hollywood can spend millions to promote and release a film, which is why you know that Toy Story 23 is opening next week but you don't know that a cool film from Iran is playing too. We’re not going to let that stop our baby. We need to raise at least 60K to release THE IRAN JOB in movie theaters in the U.S. and hopefully beyond. It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a global village to distribute an independent film!
With tensions over the Muslim world - and especially Iran - looming large, and with many citizens bracing for conflict, it’s time to take a fresh look at Iranians. We may just discover that we have a lot more in common than we think...
THE IRAN JOB opened in L.A. September 28, and has been playing in New York since October 12 for three weeks and counting. That’s a great start. But our dream is to expand the release to cities like Washington D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and others. Eventually the film might find its way to international theaters, in the U.K., Germany, France, and other countries, perhaps even in Israel and Iran!
What's the film all about:
THE IRAN JOB is a labor of love, over 4 years in the making. 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. 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 made it onto a "black list," 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, 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. We were very fortunate to get the 200+ hours of footage (and Till...) safely out of the country, which we then used to edit the film and tell…
American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in Iran. With little knowledge about the country but plenty of charm Kevin embarks on an eye-opening journey that challenges his perceptions of life in one of the world's most feared countries. As tensions run high between Iran and the West, Kevin leads his rookie team to the Iranian play-offs. Along the way he forms an unlikely friendship with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they defy social norms and even the law as they speak freely about everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin is forced to reconcile the warped view of Iran and Iranians that is widely perpetuated by the Western media, and eventually his season in Iran culminates in something much bigger than basketball.
With a soundtrack that features the most cutting-edge Iranian rap and hip-hop artists, including Shahin Najafi, Jadugaran, and ZedBazi you will be treated to a film that obliterates cultural barriers.
THE IRAN JOB premiered at the L.A. Film Festival in June to much applause.(Reviews at http://www.theiranjob.com/news/press/). The film has since been invited to cultural institutions and think tanks such as the Skirball Center (L.A.), Carnegie Endowment for Intl. Peace, and the U.S. Institute for Peace (Washington).
How to support the release of THE IRAN JOB:
- Make a 100% tax deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor today! Click here to make a contribution. Any contribution, no matter how small or large, will make a big difference!
- Tell your friends, family and social networks to buy tickets for the theatrical releases, e.g. currently in NYC. That way the film will also come to other parts of the country, and hopefully the world!
- Ask your local theater to book The Iran Job for a theatrical engagement
- Ask you college, university, school, church, community center etc to screen The Iran Job
- Please share our website - www.theiranjob.com! "Like" us on Facebook, Twitter, email, and blog! And please encourage others to do the same.
- If you have other ideas how to help please contact us!
- If you'd like to purchase the DVD or purchase a community screening with a Q&A with us please visit our website www.theiranjob.com or contact us.
Thank you very much for helping us complete the journey!
With much love and gratitude,
Sara Nodjoumi & Till Schauder
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Pledging is easy and can be done from anywhere in the world: Simply click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked to input your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process.
Your last campaign was very successful and even exceeded its fundraising goal. Why do you need more funds?
Our first campaign was primarily for completion funds. It enabled us to complete the film, and pay off costs associated with finishing the film. Since the first campaign exceeded its goal we were also able to pay for some initial marketing costs, such as creating a poster, a website etc. However, the complete costs for distributing a film are an entirely separate budget item and they typically far exceed the costs for production. This is why we’re doing a separate campaign for the distribution of the film.
Most people who are not familiar with the film industry think a film is made, and once it’s made one can simply go and see it. However, getting a film to audiences is a very expensive process that includes, for example, “P&A” which stands for "prints and advertising": paying for prints of the film which go into theaters, and the advertising which gets people to see those prints. This can be more expensive than making the film itself, a concept that is often a surprise to regular movie goers (and a big headache for fimmakers…). We often hear people say "How come I never saw or heard of this brilliant film?" The answer is that the brilliant film didn’t have enough distribution funds to get the attention of an audience. Hollywood films, for example, can spend millions of dollars on “P&A” and other publicity, which is why you know that Spiderman is opening next week but you don't know that a brilliant film from Iran is playing too. In a nutshell: The more distribution funds a film has, the bigger its chances to be seen and noticed, and for the film to have an impact.
Aside from a 5% Kickstarter fee and a 3-5% Amazon credit card processing fee, all funds raised will be used directly for the release and marketing of the film, including:
P &A: creating prints of the whole film for theaters
Creating prints of the trailer for theaters
Theater rental fees associated with the theatrical release
Publicity costs for the theatrical opening in L.A. and NYC
Publicity costs for additional theatrical markets in the U.S. and hopefully beyond
Licensing fees associated with the theatrical release.
Legal fees associated with the theatrical release
Booking venues for word-of-mouth screenings
Flying Kevin and our three Iranian protagonists - Laleh, Hilda and
Elaheh - to the some of the theatrical openings
YES, and we need to! $60,000 is our primary goal. To make a real difference we'll need much more than that to cover distribution and marketing expenses. The more we raise, the bigger the distribution impact of THE IRAN JOB. Kickstarter will allow you to donate as much money as you want/can before the deadline. All of it will go into giving the film the widest possible audience. In a perfect world we’ll raise twice our goal.
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you absolutely can increase your pledge amount or change your reward accordingly. To do so, sign in to Kickstarter. Go to our campaign page and click the blue “Manage Your Donation” button. There, you can enter a new amount, and choose a new reward.
Kickstarter is not yet set up to facilitate tax deductions. However, for larger donations (exceeding $10,000) we do have a fiscal sponsor (IFP) that offers a 100% tax deduction on your donation. If you are interested in donating a larger amount (over $10,000) you can make a 100% tax deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor, IFP. We would appreciate such strong support immensely. To make a 100% tax deductible donation please visit the following link:
THE IRAN JOB Fiscal Sponsor Link:
Kickstarter is a website designed to help raise financing for creative projects and employs a unique all-or-nothing fundraising method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. For more info, click here: http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics#WhatIsKick
THE IRAN JOB won the Paley Center for Media Pitch Competition, was a finalist at the MipDoc Co-production Market in Cannes and selected for the IDFA Forum in Amsterdam; the project has received funding through grants such as New York State Council on the Arts, PARSA Community Foundation, Flora Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Kodak Foundation, Richard Massey Foundation for Arts and Sciences, Art Bridge Association; and it is backed by two exceptional co-producers, New York-based Fork Films and Berlin-based The Post Republic. THE IRAN JOB also completed one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time raising 100K towards completion of the film.
For your pledge you will get unique rewards such as original artwork, limited edition pre-release DVDs, signed posters, cool t-shirts, tickets to premieres in your region, a Persian cooking class (!) and more. Check out all rewards on the right side of this screen.
1. Make a pledge today via Kickstarter! Please check out the donation tiers to your right to find the level and gift that’s right for you!
2. Spread the word! Join our growing fan base by telling your friends,
family and social networks about our Kickstarter campaign and about the theatrical openings in Los Angeles, Sept 28 and NYC, Oct 12. Please send
the URL of this page with a heartfelt endorsement to everyone you know!
3. Sponsor a screening
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The theatrical roll out starts with the one-week run in Los Angeles, Sept 28, on two screens at the Laemmle Town Hall Center and the Laemmle Music Hall. This will be followed by a one-week run in NYC, Oct 12, at the IFC Center, and then hopefully – if the campaign is successful – the film will be held over in both of these markets and expand to other cities around the country and ideally internationally. The DVD release will follow the theatrical release.
Most rewards will ship immediately after the campaign ends. Unlike the last time, where we had to first complete the film and then manufacture the incentives, most of the rewards are already produced, and can be shipped soon after the campaign ends. You will get a message from us requesting the details we need to complete your order, such as T-shirt size, address, etc. Please reply to us ASAP so we can get your stuff to you!
U.S. shipping is included in the pledge amount. (Add $6 for Canada; $10 for international.)
Once we meet our funding goal, we will send you a message through Kickstarter requesting all the necessary information.
Yes! That’s a great idea! Once the project is funded, we will follow up with you and get the name of the person you’re gifting to.
If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands.
You can contact Sara or Till directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right after the campaign ends successfully.
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Till Schauder, Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Till worked at Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures in Los Angeles before attending the University of Television and Film, Munich. In Germany he wrote and directed the award winning films STRONG SHIT (Max Ophüls Film Festival Reader's Award), and CITY BOMBER. After earning a government grant for the arts he made his U.S. debut with the romantic comedy SANTA SMOKES which won several international awards, among them Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award. DUKE'S HOUSE, about Duke Ellington's Harlem home premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. THE IRAN JOB, currently being prepared for a 2012 release, is Till’s first documentary project and it has already garnered multiple grants and honors.
Sara Nodjoumi, Producer: Nodjoumi is a film programmer and producer.
From 2004-2010 she worked at the Tribeca Film Festival as an Associate Programmer. In 2001, Sara co-produced and co-directed a series of documentaries about the Iranian community in America. I CALL MYSELF PERSIAN: IRANIANS IN AMERICA, the first of these films, aired on multiple PBS stations and premiered in New York at the MoMA Documentary Fortnight. From 2002 to 2005, Nodjoumi joined Schauder as an Associate Producer on his feature films SANTA SMOKES and DUKE'S HOUSE. In 2006, she worked on the marketing and release of Charles Sturridge's critically acclaimed LASSIE. In 2009, Nodjoumi launched and programmed the first children's film series at Tribeca Cinemas (Rated #1 movie series in NYC for kids by NY Magazine). Sara and Till reside in Brooklyn with their children, Nika and Luca. More about us at www.partnerpictures.com including trailers of some of our previous films.
Abigail Disney, Executive Producer: Disney is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her documentaries focused on social themes include the award-winning PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, FAMILY AFFAIR, PLAYGROUND, and the 2011 Academy Award short-listed SUN COME UP. Her upcoming television project, Women, War & Peace, is currently in production for PBS Wide Angle by Fork Films, Disney’s production company, and is a recent recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for Humanities. Along with her husband, Pierre Hauser, Disney is also co-Founder and co-President of the Daphne Foundation. Currently, Disney serves on the boards of the Roy Disney Family Foundation, the White House Project, the Global Fund for Women, the Fund for the City of New York, and Peace is Loud. Disney received her Bachelors degree from Yale University, her Masters degree from Stanford University, and her Doctorate from Columbia University.
David Teague, Editor: Teague has edited two documentaries nominated for an Academy Award®, including one winner (Freeheld, Winner 2008 and Sun Come Up, Nominee 2011). He recently edited Born Sweet which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and has won over 10 festival awards. Teague directed, shot, and edited the award-winning documentary Intifada NYC which has played festivals and major broadcast outlets worldwide. His other documentary work includes Our House, which he co-directed with Greg King (World Premiere Hot Docs 2010), editing a documentary on independent radio in Sierra Leone, and editing Muppet documentary spots for Sesame Street. His editing and camera work in numerous films has screened at Cannes, the Berlinale, SXSW and the Tribeca Film Festival, among many others. He has taught editing at DCTV and Long Island University, and is the author of two bestselling guides to editing with Final Cut Pro.
Michael Reuter, Rebekka Garrido, The Post Republic - http://www.post-republic.com
We are releasing the film independently, and have hired Industry veteran Mark Urman to help us with the release:
Mark Urman/Paladin – Service Distributor:
Veteran film industry executive Mark Urman has been a leading force in the independent arenafor over two decades. In summer, 2009 he formed Paladin, his latest distribution venture, and the company opened its first title, the highly acclaimed drama, DISGRACE, starring John Malkovich, that fall. Prior to forming Paladin Urman headed up THINKFilm, a company he co- founded in 2001. THINK’s slate included such acclaimed and successful films as SPELLBOUND, THE ARISTOCRATS, STRANGERS WITH CANDY, SHORTBUS, AVENUE MONTAIGNE, and HALF NELSON, which garnered a Best Actor Oscar Nomination for its star, Ryan Gosling.