Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Captain Expands in San Francisco

Here we go...
As a result of the opening weekend, Captain Abu Raed expands to four theaters in San Francisco this Friday the 31st at the following venues:

San Francisco:
Balboa Theater
Opera Plaza
UA Stonestown Twin


It also opens in Denver, Colorado at the Chez Artiste Theater. Composer Austin Wintory will be holding Q&A's on Friday and Saturday's 4:15 and 6:45 shows. Please tell your friends. Also keep your eye out for San Diego and New York opening the following weeks. More updates to be announced as the theatrical bookings continue to grow. www.CaptainFilm.com

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Something fresh

I just got back from San Francisco and Berkeley where we had an excited audience of surprisingly very few Arabs. I was pleased to see a mostly American audience coming to see a Jordanian film in a US cinema. After one of the Berkeley screenings, a group of college students came up to me and started talking in Arabic. But they were all Americans and Canadians. I was blown away to see so many American students learning Arabic.

One of my old teachers, Leonard Schraeder once said of the whole Bush Iraq war/mess... He said something like this: "It's just like what happened with the Japanese in America during WW2. First the American public didn't know anything about the Japanese. Then they hated them after Pearl Harbor. There was fear and uncertainty. Then it was followed by curiosity. And then understanding." Well, never in my life have I seen this many American students being so curious and fascinated by the Arab world. And to hear them speak Arabic was just refreshing. Maybe we're entering that phase... from hatred to curiosity. Eventually we will come to understanding.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cello & Oboe

Here's a little montage of my beast Cello & Oboe as they grow from puppies to titans.


Now Playing

Okay friends. Starting today, Captain Abu Raed takes flight opening in one or two new cities every week. I'll be doing Q&A's in San Francisco tonight, Berkeley tomorrow, then Austin our composer, will be in Denver next week. I'll be in San Diego the week after, then New York, Washington DC, and where the road takes me. Please tell your friends to check www.CaptainFilm.com for the continuously updated schedule. Our distributor will be booking more cities after this weekend.

Also, the soundtrack album is just around the corner. We just approved artwork. It will be out on BSX Records and available on iTunes for download in the coming weeks.

Believe me, I'm ready to move on with my life, but this film is my baby, and this is the most important part of the cycle. For anyone who wants to make movies, you better love your first film, because it will be the center of your life for at least four years.

See you at the movies.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Captain DVD in parts of Europe

Buy the new Spanish dubbed DVD of Captain Abu Raed, now in stores in Spain. Here's the trailer en Espangol!
Click here to order.

Also, coming July 23rd, the German-dubbed Edition in Deutchland. Click here to order.

Also, look for it on DVD in the Netherlands, Finland, and other parts of Europe. France and England still in the works.

As for the US, the film is now playing in Seattle, and opening in San Francisco, Denver, San Diego, New York, DC, Boston, and other major US cities over the next few weeks. Please check www.CaptainFilm.com for the updated schedule and links to get tickets.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Finally the US opening is here

Tomorrow July 3rd, Captain Abu Raed opens its first official theatrical run in the US in Seattle. At the end of July it begins spreading with San Francisco, then on to other cities.

Here's the link to the trailer for the US which just had its debut on Quicktime trailers.