Scoring SAMEBLOOD: Jan Paul Werge

Scoring SAMEBLOOD: Jan Paul Werge

Since the beginning, SAMEBLOOD has been a labor of love for us and for each person who has given their time, energy, and expertise to the project. The magnetism of this story has opened doors we would never have otherwise seen. We believe that it is through true art that borders are crossed, differences are bridged, and many cultures become pieces of one collective whole. This is exactly how we met accomplished musician, performer, and composer, Jan Paul Werge.

Jan has been composing for international projects in contemporary dance, ballet, music theatre, and film, and has been performing live in concert for almost a decade. It was through a Sameblood Productions partner, Murad Atshan, that we encountered Jan’s work, and now we are proud to say that Jan will be composing and recording the music for our film, SAMEBLOOD.

Check out some of Jan’s music on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/janpaulwerge).

Final Cut Almost Complete!

Final Cut Almost Complete!

Sameblood Productions is in Beirut! Thanks to all of our friends who have supported us up to this point.

 

Rarely do minds meet in such deep and meaningful ways as we have experienced on this project. We are truly grateful for the dedicated artists who have given their time, energy, and talent to tell this story with us. And after working with editor Simon El Habre for the past few weeks, we can say that his vision has been essential to this process. We are now very close to a completed edit of SAMEBLOOD.

 

Next we will be working with a post-production studio to fine-tune the audio and picture, and also scoring the film with a composer. In order to finance these final steps, we are currently conducting a fundraising campaign. If you would like to be a SAMEBLOOD supporter, please visit https://squareup.com/store/sameblood-productions to make a donation.

 

We will keep you updated as more exciting developments come, and the network of collaborating artists continues to grow!

Editing SAMEBLOOD: Simon El-Habre

Editing SAMEBLOOD: Simon El-Habre

The chemistry of collaborating artists on any project is essential to the success of the project. Unity of vision, as well as independent creativity, will determine the quality of the finished product. For this reason, in our search for an editor to take SAMEBLOOD to final cut, we had our eye on one artist in particular. We are pleased to announce that award-winning editor Simon El-Habre has signed on to SAMEBLOOD.

Born in Beirut in 1975, Simon obtained his Diploma in Audiovisual Directing from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) in 1998 and graduated from Femis (Paris) in Film and Video Editing in 2000. Since 2001, he has been teaching video and visual expression as well as film and video editing. He is also a member of the Cultural Association for the Development of Arab Cinema, Beirut DC. Simon built a strong reputation in Lebanon and the Middle East as an editor and worked with, among others, Ghassan Salhab on his video POSTHUMUS (2007) and his documentary 1958 (2009). Among his other editor credits are THE PLANET OF SNAIL (Seung-jun Yi, 2011) (winner of Amsterdam International Documentary Festival's award for Best Feature Documentary), and VERY BIG SHOT (Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, 2015) (Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival nominated, and winner of Beijing International Film Festival's Forward Future award). In 2008, he wrote, produced and directed an award-winning, feature documentary, THE ONE MAN VILLAGE, which screened at 30 festivals, including Berlinale, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Jeonju International Film Festival and Vision du Réel, and won Hot Docs' Best International Feature Award in 2009. 

Simon’s experience and artistic vision make him the perfect partner to help bring SAMEBLOOD to a polished final cut, and we look forward to working with him this summer!

First Rough Cut Screening!

First Rough Cut Screening!

Four years ago, Oday met Danyal and learned about his background and his intentions to study Arabic and Islam. It was a joyful and informative meeting, and this interesting story piqued Oday's curiosity. When Danyal told Oday he was going to Egypt, Oday decided this was a story that needed to be told, and SAMEBLOOD was born. Over the next four years, we traveled back and forth between the Middle East and the US following the story. We made important discoveries, faced adversity, witnessed revolution. Through the lens of Danyal's experience, we captured fascinating moments in society that enrich and inform our story. Through the course of making this film, we have learned a lot about family, friendship, religious devotion, affinity, exclusion and so much more. We became closer to Danyal's family through the hours and hours of home video footage that we investigated, tracing the journey of one areligious boy in suburban Massachusetts who became a fluent Arabic-speaking and devout Muslim man. 

We were so curious to see what reactions the rough cut would receive, and last week we were finally able to get our first feedback. We traveled to Reading, MA to screen the film for Danyal's family-- the film's subjects. Being able to bring everyone in the film together in one room, and allow each of them to glimpse aspects of their family members' lives they had never seen before, was very special. We listened to what everyone took from the film, what stood out and what affected people most, and we were thrilled that perspectives and opinions varied. The screening sparked some lively discussions about religion, extremism, xenophobia, women's rights and gay rights in the Middle East, and democracy. This first rough cut screening has proven to us that SAMEBLOOD is a film that needs to be shared, and we look forward to completing the final cut, and screening it for all of you in the future.

SP Family News & Update

SP Family News & Update

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! We are thrilled to share some wonderful Sameblood Productions-family news with you all, our extended family. After making it through a storm of film festival submissions, SAMEBLOOD’s co-producer, Osama Rasheed, and his partner Victoria have welcomed a brand new baby girl into their family! Everyone is well and we wish them all the very best (and lots of sleep).

Now that submissions are in for upcoming festivals, we’re finally at a place where we can pause and think more strategically about the long-term future of SAMEBLOOD. But there’s no rest for the weary. We’ve been working on a few other projects in the meantime. Right now we are laying the foundation to partner with accomplished Iraqi-German filmmaker Murad Atshan on a series of youth workshops here in DC, starting next year. You can read a bit more about these workshops on the Projects page.

We’re also developing our next feature film. ALIENS is a drama based on the 2007 murders of Iraqi journalists Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh, and the wounding of two children, by American troops in Baghdad. With the help of one of our partners in Vienna, Mohammed Moneka, we are deep into research and are looking forward to bringing this important story to life.

And Kate is directing a short psychological drama about a man who becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman he sees at a street festival, until meeting her daughter reminds him of a life he lost. “Still Here” features Afro-Caribbean beats; Kate’s daughter, Marley, as The Daughter; and Oday Sadoon as The Man.

These are exciting times at Sameblood Productions and there’s lots to look forward to. Make sure you keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter to get updates, and thank you, dear friends, for supporting our work!

Welcome to Sameblood Productions

Welcome to Sameblood Productions

Hello, and welcome to Sameblood Productions! We are a production studio based in Washington, D.C., with partners all over the world. We're working on some exciting projects, and here in the news section is where you will be able to keep abreast of our developments—from SAMEBLOOD progress and screenings to our next workshops, new partnerships and on-the-road news. You can also check out our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/samebloodproductions/) and Instagram (coming soon) pages for more info, photos, videos, etc. Thanks for your support and feel free to drop us a line on the Contact page or Facebook messages.  —The Sameblood Productions Team