An Exercise – ‘Third World Democracy’

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Special thanks to the performers and crew for collaborating.  Enjoy!

Story: Yaz Rabadi / AJ Jaywar
Performance: Josha – AJ Jaywar / Muhanna – Al Bernstein
Visuals: Yaz Rabadi / Razvan Anton
On Set Sound: Kire Paputts
Post Sound: Mitchell Arend
Key Makeup: Sara Law

‘The Beard’ Screening – Sikh International Film Festival Toronto 2014

I’m happy to announce that The Beard has been invited to screen next weekend at the Sikh International Film Festival Toronto 2014 in Toronto, Ontario!

SIFFT 2014 is a wonderful film festival featuring two full days of cinema from Jackman Hall Theatre – Art Gallery of Ontario!  All daytime screenings are free to attend, including The Beard, which is set to screen with various other shorts on Sunday, October 26th at 3:30 PM.

Check out the full schedule here!  Tickets for the evening shows can be purchased here!  Hope to see you there!

Written and directed by Yaz Rabadi, The Beard tells the story of an elderly Sikh (Sam Moses) who has been victimized as a result of his racial appearance, and how he struggles to deal with his given circumstances in the aftermath of the violent attack.

Support ‘The Rainbow Kid’ – A Feature Film!

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As most of you know, I primarily use this space to keep you all updated on my own film-related projects.  However I wanted to take a moment away from that to talk about The Rainbow Kid.

The Rainbow Kid is a feature film by the talented Kire Paputts.  It’s currently in early pre-production and is looking for funding.  Still here?  Good.  This is important.

Look, it’s clear that cinema these days is primarily populated by films operating with a safety net.  Studios churn out sequels and remakes looking for a quick buck – fast-food cinema.  And the paint-by-the-numbers ‘indie-film’ can often leave one underwhelmed.  The Rainbow Kid is a gritty, passionate, and above-all-else, real film that strives to be everything that those films are not.  For starters, this is a feature film that is fore fronted by actors with Down syndrome.

Knowing Kire as well as I do, I can tell you right now that The Rainbow Kid, is a film very dear to his heart.  Kire has been busting his ass for the past few years trying to get this sucker off the ground, but because the film and the story is unlike any other, funding from larger film studios is hard to achieve.  To put it bluntly, they’re looking for something ‘safer’.  Something cinema should never be.

Have a look at two films Kire has directed below – Animal Control and Rainbow Connection.  These two award-winning short films are the epitome of what Kire is all about as a filmmaker.  Films that are real, gritty, have something to say – and above all else, films that don’t play it safe.

Note: Animal Control contains scenes some viewers may find disturbing.

So, if you have managed to make it this far, what else is there to think about?  Donate to this film.  It doesn’t matter what you can provide – any amount is more than appreciated.  Trust me when I say this, Kire will make magic with it.

 > > The Rainbow Kid – Indiegogo Campaign < <

Thanks for giving this a read – keep it real.
Yaz Rabadi

Peel Student Film Festival – Keynote Speaker + ‘The Beard’ Screens


I am happy to announce that The Beard will screen next at 4th Annual Peel Student Film Festival!  However, the news doesn’t stop there, as I am thrilled to announce that I will be speaking to the students of Peel as this year’s festival keynote speaker!

I am beyond thrilled (and admittedly a bit nervous), to have the opportunity to speak on my experiences with film and connect with the filmmakers of the future!  Should be an awesome experience!

The Peel Student Film Festival’s mission is to highlight the promising talents of Peel’s young filmmakers on the big screen!  The festival will be putting forward a rich and bold new program this year, exploring 8 categories including: Documentary/News Report, Commercial, Public Service Announcement, Animation, Experimental Film, Music Video, Movie Trailer and Short Film.

The festival is a full day event, taking place this Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at Orion Gate Grande Cineplex Odeon in Brampton, Ontario.  Should be a wonderful day full of amazing films!