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September Update

It's been a long road getting Shamak ready for launch, but we're very close and I'm excited to share the video campaign that will go along with it :) Also, I'll be announcing the working title of my thesis film soon....stay tuned Sadly some links such as RTP's first review have expired. However the editor at the Desert Sun was generous to dig out the article for me. So here it is!

ShortFest Reviews: 'Road to Peshawar'

By Bruce Fessier  -  The Desert Sun

Director: Hammad Rizvi

Cast: Yasmine Al-Bustami, Philip Kreyche, Mustafa Faiz, Isabela Costine

Story line: An Afghan father takes his blinded daughter across the dangerous Peshawar Pass during the Afghan-Soviet war to receive better medical aid than they can get on the Afghan side of the border. When the dad steps on a land mine, a Russian soldier feels compelled to respond to the little girl's cries for help.

Score card: 9 (out of 10). Rizvi has written and directed a remarkable image-driven student film. The story depicts the humanity of individuals on both sides of the war and the sad reality of the old saw, "No good deed goes unpunished." Faiz tugs at the heart strings with his performance as a father trying to respond to his frightened daughter as his lays dying, and Kreyche takes the drama to another level when he shows a soldier's conflict between helping the little girl and complying with his commanding officer's order to leave her stranded amid the field of land mines. The ending is surprising, perhaps unlikely, but satisfying.

 

 

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Road to Peshawar at Shortfest

Saturday, June 23 at 1:00 PM.

Camelot Theatres, War & Remembrance 

Be sure to come out! I'm also super delighted to announce Road to Peshawar has been nominated by Cinema Without Borders for the 2012 Bridging the Borders Award :)

(Click here for the link)

If you can't make it, DVD screeners are also available at the Shortfest film market!

 

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RTP Shortfest Program Announced!

Road to Peshawar will be playing during the "War and Remembrance" segment of the 2012 Palm Springs Shortfest - June 23 at 1PM @ Camelot Theatres. CLICK FOR PROGRAM!

The lineup looks really exciting, so if you're in the area come on out!! In other news, Shamak is making good progress with the first promo "Story" completed - as well as merchandise well on it's way to ATX. Stay tuned :)

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Longhorn Film Showcase

Road to Peshawar will be screening at the Longhorn Film Showcase tomorrow (May 12, 6PM reception, at McCullough Theatre) along with a number of awesome, award-winning films! Come on out, it's free (yes, I'm sure there'll be snacks too). Here's some press on it:

http://weareaustin.com/lifestyle/features/austin-live/stories/vid_366.shtml

http://www.austin360.com/movies/the-best-of-uts-rtf-department-on-display-2350123.html

Don't forget to also check out the graduate thesis and pre-thesis screenings!

http://rtf.utexas.edu/showcase/longhorn-showcase-2012

http://rtf.utexas.edu/events/end-semester-screenings-0

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Production Grant Finalist!

My upcoming thesis film is a finalist for the San Antonio Student Film Project! It's a pretty awesome grant with lots of goodies and $$$$$

www.studentfilmproject.com

Also in the running is my classmate Paavo's Tiny Tape Recorder. Keep fingers crossed!

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Kids of Karachi

With Shamak sandals nearing its launch date, Farhad and I agreed to shoot some relevant promos. Hence the idea was to obtain some footage of under-privileged Karachi children that would bring light to Shamak's focus on child illiteracy. However I soon realized "some footage" in a country like Pakistan was massively misleading. I got swept up in story after story, character after character, scenery after scenery. Few days and several late-night chai's later I obtained footage that could be the seedling for a very engaging documentary. Let's just see where this goes. [gallery]

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RTP to play in San Francisco

Road to Peshawar is having a premiere at the San Francisco Intl. Asian American Film Festival. If you're in the Bay Area come on out!!

It plays in the White Elephant program at:

Friday, March 9, 9:45pm, Kabuki, San Francisco Saturday, March 17, 9:00pm, CAMERA 3, San Jose

 

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HAZE to play in Boston

Haze will be showing at the 37th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival!  

February 10-20 at the Somerville Theatre. Possibly "the oldest genre fest in the world"?

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we got a facelift

Rizvilia is growing up, and so is our website. Keep up to date with new projects, films, and random stuff all right here! 

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