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Thrown out of her home, Maryam is given refuge by a neighbor. A devout Muslim, Maryam is shocked to realize this neighbor is a Baha'i.
53 backers pledged $8,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you so much for visiting this crowdfunding page, which is for a film that will tell a unique and moving story in the narrative form. This is a film that I can’t refer to as ‘mine’ but rather as ‘ours,’ because it has a heart for all humanity, and so it will become a part of our collective heritage. 

Your monetary contribution is vitally important and needed to bring this project to fruition. Sharing the page will be hugely helpful as well. Please share this page with your friends, family, and acquaintances, through emails, texts, and social media personal messages, to give them an opportunity to contribute! 

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Aziz Tebyanian, a film producer, writer, and director. I live in Renton, Washington, United States. 

Aziz Tebyanian
Aziz Tebyanian

The two latest short films I made were screened at important international film festivals and non-film-related conferences, and at many small community gatherings in different countries. Both films were well-received by audiences. Here is a clip from one of the films:


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 In addition to the kind of venues I mentioned above where my past films were watched, and an online audience of thousands, I plan to have The Refuge broadcast on one of the major TV channels to an audience of hundreds of thousands.

I’m excited to be collaborating with a great cast and crew including the lead, Sanam Erfani, who is an amazing actress and a great human being.

I won't be hiring many, but only a few key crew members so that this 9 minute film can be produced with the relatively small budget of $9500. 

The goal of this campaign is set at $6500 which is $3000 less than the set budget of $9500. 

For this $3000, I have a $2000 bank line of credit I could use for the project, so much I believe in it. Hopefully, though, the funds raised will go above the set goal, so that I won't have to use this high interest loan. Also, a lovely couple has already pledged $1000 to the project.

I won’t pay myself as the writer, producer, director and editor of the film for my contribution of many months of part-time work.

The $9500 will go toward:

  • Actresses
  • Director of Photography
  • Airfare for actresses
  • Location Sound Mixer
  • Makeup Artist
  • Camera and lighting gear rental
  • Meals during the filming phase
  • Sound design, music and mix
  • Color grading
  • Wardrobe, props, and locations
  • Publicity

Please choose a contribution level to the right and participate in this one-of-a-kind opportunity!

Thank you so much!

Aziz

P.S. You can deduct your contribution when filing your taxes. 

Risks and challenges

As with other films, challenges that may come up during the production of this film can be effectively dealt with by having back-ups in place for all elements including locations, crew, and wardrobe.

Projected time of filming is in May 2019, and detailed planning for back-ups will let the filming happen as planned.

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