Nabil has been accepted into the film acting workshop over at The Independent Film School. It’s instructed by prolific writer and independent filmmaker Ela Thier. The group includes an incredibly talented and diverse pool of writers, directors and actors. You can learn more about the artist and the school at their websites: TheIndependentFilmSchool.com and ElaThier.com. Above is Ela’s Reel, and the following is her compelling Mission Statement:
I’m a filmmaker because I have two long-range goals: My first long-term goal is to do my part in transitioning our society from one that is centered around profits, to one that is centered around human needs. My second goal is to enjoy my life. Making films brings me closer to both of these goals.
When I began to teach, I realized that I’m not alone in having these goals. Although it continues to be my role to support artists in whatever goals and visions they have for themselves and their work, I am also inspired by the prospect of being just one member of an entire cadre of filmmakers whose work is aimed to better the world, and to enjoy it.
Big-money studios have no choice but to churn out films that they think might profit, rather than films that they find meaningful. What studio heads don’t understand is that honest and uplifting films are the most commercially viable ones, because audiences are hungry for a reminder of what’s truly possible in life.
Mean-spirited stories, scary films that discourage us, images that exploit and disrespect women, all these are marketed as sexy.
I believe that real human caring and empowerment is the new sexy. My mission is to become just one part of an entire wave of filmmakers and artists who share this vision.