The narrative feature is raising $10,000 on Kickstarter for completion funds of their film described as “an atmospheric character study about a middle-aged Syrian man trying to find a job in post 9/11 America.”
Filmmaker Christopher Jason Bell, cinematographer Paul Taylor and Syrian-born artists Ahmad Chahrour and Mohammad Dagman collaborated to shoot The Winds That Scatter. The production and editing lasted over a two year-period, shooting on Sundays. They describe the importance of the film that “portrays a person of Middle Eastern descent in a human light.”
The crisis in Syria heightened the storytelling as the production continued over the two year period. It is a rare American-made film that has 95% Arabic dialogue with English subtitles.
The funds will go towards completion of the film including sound design and mix, composing, DCP transfer, festival fees and DIY screenings.
Christopher Jason Bell has been prolific covering the film scene as a contributor for IndieWire, Film Threat, NoBudge and Film.com. He joined Cinema Club as head programmer and premiered his short “The Movie” on Filmmaker Magazine.
For $25 you can pre-order a digital download of the completed film. Other backer rewards include signed posters, a filmmaker Skype session, grab bag of DVDs and an original portrait drawn of you for larger donations.