At a time when tensions in the Middle East dominate news headlines, whether it be suicide bombings in Afghanistan, U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan, the Syrian massacres, sectarian violence in Iraq, or a potential war between the U.S. and Iran, the idea of a Middle Eastern immigrant’s dream to become an American hero is not only intriguing, but has the potential to be transformative.
“In my 15 years as a Middle Eastern-American actor in Hollywood, I have yet to see a role of a Middle Eastern hero in American cinema,” explains Jobrani. “I don’t blame anyone in particular for this, I just think it’s because we haven’t had writers, producers and directors who have been too concerned about how Middle Easterners are depicted in American movies. That’s why I have chosen to change that trend and make this film. I believe it is a crucial time to have characters in American movies that portray Middle Easterners in a positive light. Along with my co-writer and producer Amir Ohebsion, we have set out to break new ground and transform hearts and minds through comedy with this movie.”
They have chosen to go the crowdfunding route to appeal to those who appreciate the significance of this project and want to support it in an effort to change the image of Middle Easterners in America. Their goal is to raise $250,000, which will afford them the opportunity to make the film without sacrificing their vision.
About Maz Jobrani (actor, writer, executive producer)
Maz Jobrani has been seen in numerous television shows and films over the years. Most recently, CBS put in development “Nobody Trusts Maz”, a comedy starring Maz about raising a family in modern day, multi-ethnic America. As a stand-up comedian, he is a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour which took Maz all over the U.S. and the Middle East, and later aired on Comedy Central. He followed up this ground breaking tour with his own solo tour titled “Maz Jobrani, Brown and Friendly”, which again took him all over the world and culminated in a Showtime comedy special. In motion pictures, Maz has starred in “Friday After Next”, “The Interpreter”
About Amir Ohebsion (writer, executive producer)
Amir Ohebsion's first feature screenplay, “The Apology”, won the grand prize at the Slamdance Screenplay Competition and is currently in pre-production in Germany. His other screenplays include the super-natural thriller “Deathday”
About Ray Moheet (executive producer)
Ray Moheet began his career at J. Michael Bloom & Associates when he was just 22 years old. With other agents at Bloom, he later branched out to form a new company, Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates (MKS). As Vice-President of Comedy at MKS, Ray procured some of the best emerging talent in the business. After a decade as an agent, Ray joined Levity Entertainment Group (LEG) in 2010. Ray has produced numerous comedy specials for Showtime, including Bryan Callen’s “Man Class”, Sebastian Maniscalco’s “What’s Wrong with People?”, and Maz Jobrani’s upcoming “I Come In Peace”. He also produced the feature film “Shirin in Love” (currently in post-production)
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