Wednesday, November 28, 2007

"Captain Abu Raed" goes to Sundance

It's official. Captain Abu Raed has been selected for the World Cinema Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. The selection has been made from over 1,600 entries in this category this year. HERE'S THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

I've been biting my tongue holding back from making the announcement since we were notified last week. So our US premier will be in January, and the World premier will be at the Dubai Film Festival, in the Muhr Award competition on December 11th and 12th.

We made it into Sundance!!! I'm still pinching myself, but at the same time racing against the clock with our post-production team here in LA, led by Clark Graff, to do the final 35mm film-out before I head to Jordan in a few days.

It's been a crazy adventure with so many people influencing this film with their hearts and minds. Most recently it's been with our colorist, who color-timed every frame of the film to bring out the beautiful colors that Ray captured with his cinematography. Laith did a wonderful job editing the film with many sleepless nights. Austin's music is top notch. The production value perfectly compliments the story, and most importantly, we have superb performances from our amazing cast led by Nadim Sawalha as Abu Raed. And finally, people around the world will see Amman on the big screen. Finally!!!

I feel so blessed to have worked with so many passionate people to bring this film to life.

This is our last week and I can't wait to take a break and watch the final film with a fresh live audience. I've lived inside this world for two and a half years now, and have looked at these images and performances well over a thousand times each. And I still love the film.

We will be releasing Captain Abu Raed across theaters in Amman just a week after its Sundance debut. The release date we are targeting is February 6th. Mark your calendars. Captain Abu Raed will play at Zara, Grand, and Galleria.

If you are eager to see it in advance and happen to be in Dubai on Dec 11 or 12, then get your ticket through the Dubai Film Festival's web site as soon as possible.

See you at the movies!

A new web site with an official trailer are coming up online in just a few days.


Anonymous Tala said...

Mabrook :)

5:54 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Amin...WOW! I can only imagine what you are feeling right now! MABROOK!

It's people like you who give us that inspiration to go for our goals and dreams!

And you know what this are steps away from the OSCARS! :)


9:43 PM  
Blogger kinzi said...

Great news, can't wait to see it! Let us know if there is a special premiere for your exclusive blog-fan-club. :D

What age/class level for kids would be able to see it and understand it? If we wanted to arrange field trips for schools, 'usdi.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Rambling Hal said...

Wow, alf alf mabrook, this is so exciting and I'm so psyched about it, being the legitimate Captain Abu Raed groupie that I am ;)

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Nas said...

ooooh man...that is just the best news ive heard in a looong ass time. i am just out of my mind proud to be jordanian, and proud of you and everyone involved in this. i'll add my voice to the captain groupie club!

alf alf alf mabrook.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Lulu said...

Congrats, Amin. We are very proud of you. Keep up the great work. Can't wait for it to start showing in the US.

2:20 PM  
Blogger manal yusuf said...

Oh my god amazing news....

Congradualtions :)

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Pharmer said...

CONGRATS AMIN And Captain Abu Raid!
Can't wait to watch it!!

10:53 PM  
Blogger Isam said...

thiese are wonderful news ... i hope the movie gets enough vibe ... i suggest you start making you media connection ... maybe coordinate with MBC Scoob and such programs ... it wont hurt to seek some shows in the US as well ... best of luck !

is there any chance i can see this movie on DVD soon ?

11:32 PM  
Blogger Dandoon said...

3njad..Finally Amman is on the big screen :)
any chance this movie will play in Canada or maybe NY?

8:57 PM  
Blogger Oksana said...

You are my inspiration :) !

9:17 AM  
Blogger Amin Matalqa said...

Thank you everyone for all your support. We are really excited. Want to get the movies in as many theaters as possible and spread the word so you can see it in any major city around. These things take time, but keep an eye out for updates on when it will play in a theater near you.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Hareega said...

Congratulations Amin!!!

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amin you are a hack! Everyone knows Qanoon should be spelled Kanun. And Erdody should have played french horn. You are a shame to filmmakers the world over, in Jordan, the US ... everywhere!

... Can't wait to see the movie!!!

9:45 AM  
Blogger asoom said...

Congratulations, wow that's awesome. I can't wait to get the chance to see this!

11:42 AM  
Blogger Amber Star said...

Saw the film last night at the Dubai Film Festival, a very touching story, and I'm sure the rest of the world will fall in love with it as well...
Congratulations on all of your hard work!

8:22 PM  

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