Directed by Till Schauder
Producers Sara Nodjoumi & Till Schauder
Executive Producer Abigail Disney
Co-Producers The Post Republic
DATE: October 1, 2012
TIME: 7 to 9 PM
PLACE: Mackintosh-Correy Hall E 229.
THE IRAN JOB is a documentary about Kevin Sheppard, a young professional American basketball player, who is offered a contract to play ball for a provincial club in Iran. Despite the trepidations of his family and girlfriend in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, he sets out for the city of Shiraz to join a team with a dismal record. The film follows Kevin's interaction with his Iranian teammates, his Serbian roommate (one of the two foreign members allowed on the team) and his friendship with three very independent Iranian women. Kevin's sojourn is set against the backdrop of the 2008 election of Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the United States (who promised to improve relations with the Muslim world) and the 2009 Green Revolution, the wide-spread protests that contested the results of the Iranian presidential elections.
See the trailer (if link does not work, please copy and paste URL) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqXvXbo0Fl8
This will be the first screening in Canada, in advance of the film’s official debut at the Vancouver International Film Festival on October 5 th .
The event speaker and moderator will be Dr. Ariel Salzmann (History, Queen's).
Although there is no charge for the screening, a voluntary contribution would be welcomed. THE IRAN JOB is an example of how grassroots funding can help young filmmakers like Schauder and Nodjoumi bring to the screen an important and timely documentary. Professor Salzmann was one of hundreds of early contributors to the film. Now that the film is complete and screenings will begin (in L.A. on September 28th and at the Vancouver Film Festival on Oct 5, 7 and 11.), the filmmakers have again turned to grassroots support to give the film wider distribution. Viewers may donate what they wish at the event. This link (if link does not work, please copy and paste URL) http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/554272471/the-iran-job-bring-it-to-a-theater-near-you leads to the Kickstarter campaign to help the filmmakers distribute the film more widely in North America.