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“Couple That With a Long Take and I’m Ecstatic”: Chris Bell on The Winds That Scatter

2 June 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

A former critic for The Playlist, Chris Bell fulfills the promise of the observant, patient lens he wielded in shorts such as Bridges with his feature length character study, The Winds That Scatter. Baring more in common with the films of the great Abbas Kiarostami than say your average Brooklyn-based filmmaker, The Winds That Scatter follows a Syrian immigrant named Ahmad as he moves from job to job in nondescript New Jersey. Primarily structured in long takes and slow-burning, affecting episodes, The Winds That Scatter will have its world premiere at the Northside Film Festival next Wednesday at UnionDocs. Filmmaker: You’ve spoken about wanting to create something […] »

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Crowdfund This: The Winds That Scatter Promises A New View Of Immigrants In Post-9/11 America

11 March 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

For the life of me I can't recall a recent American independent film that featured a lead character who was Muslim or a Middle Eastern immigrant, and was not focused primarily on a plot involving terrorism or deportation.Filmmaker Christopher Bell's feature debut The Winds That Scatter truly looks to be cultivating a vision of Arabs in Post-9/11 America well beyond such narrow angles, one that feels nuanced, humane and meditative in its scope and capacity for everyday living.  Bell came on my radar a few years back with his short Bridges, an extraordinarily confident yet quiet portrait of a child caregiver. The Winds That Scatter looks to bring the same intelligent, measured look into worlds and people we pass by everyday. Here's how the film's...

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'The Winds That Scatter' Takes a Fresh Perspective on Post-September 11 America

9 March 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: is this a movie you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments.  The Winds That Scatter Tweetable Logline: An atmospheric character study about a middle-aged Syrian man trying to find a job in post 9/11 America. Elevator Pitch: Ahmad is a refugee from Syria, holding wishes of starting his own taxi service. When he loses his menial employment at a gas station, he attempts to navigate through the current American economy with optimism. Soon, reality settles in as consistent work is scarce. An impression of hopelessness slowly begins to take a toll on his relationships, faith and sense of self, with his dream slipping quickly from his grasp. Production Team:  Director/Producer/Writer/Editor - Christopher Jason Bell. Prior film "Bridges »

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