Kansas City Star, The
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in America': Can local guy find success? Sure he Cannes
'Arab in America,' shot by Blue Springs grad, will play at
Comedy shot by Blue Springs grad gets
"Whenever you're making a film there's
always the dream that it might become a big thing."
TIM BRYAN, CINEMATOGRAPHER FOR "ARAB IN AMERICA
Take a little movie, a lot of hard work and -- voila! -- local kid Tim
Bryan is part of the Cannes International Film Festival that began Wednesday
Bryan, 23, is a 2002 graduate of Blue Springs South High School and
recently of Savannah College of Art and Design in
Georgia. During his
last year at Savannah, where he majored in
film, he was the
cinematographer on a project called "Arab in America
short comedy written and directed by his friend Nabil Abou-Harb.
" is being featured in
the non-competitive Short Film
Corner at Cannes. Bryan and several of his fellow filmmakers traveled to the
Riviera to bask in
the glow of the Mediterranean sun and what they hope
will be the first of many moments of glory.
"Whenever you're making a film there's always the dream that it might
become a big thing," Bryan said last week in
a phone conversation from
Savannah. "Our intention was to turn it into a TV sitcom. But in
couple of weeks we're hearing from people in
Los Angeles interested
turning it into a feature-length movie. We'd like to get a deal where
the people who worked on the short can get positions on the feature, too."
"Arab in America
" is a political comedy based
largely on the experiences of Abou-Harb and his family. The plot centers on a
graduating Muslim college student named Osama searching for his first job
"We've got a couple of Jews down in
accounting," one prospective
employer notes. "That going to be a problem?"
Eventually Osama changes his name to Sam, which has the desired result.
Things are going great until his new boss assigns Sam to pick up the fireworks
for the company's July 4 celebration.
The Short Film Corner is a recent addition to the Cannes fest. Rather
than showing films in
big theaters, the Film Corner offers short films on
small theaters. Bryan said it would allow "Arab
" to be shown several times each day of the fest.
"I've never been out of the country, so having a film at Cannes is a
great excuse," Bryan said. "I've already got my tuxedo."
When word came down that "Arab in America
" was going
to Cannes, Bryan was working as a camera crew production assistant on the South
Carolina set of "Leatherheads," the upcoming George Clooney comedy set in
the world of professional football in
"A girl I went to school with was working on the film, and they needed
extra crew. She got me in
Cinematography is "definitely something I want to keep doing," Bryan
said. "I can't see myself working in
an office. It's got to be something
creative. We're all hoping this film leads to other opportunities."
TO LEARN MORE
The film's Web site is arabinamerica.com. The site also contains a link
to the film's trailer on YouTube.