ABROAD (à l'étranger or الغربة) is the first film produced by ZMA Entertainment, an American film production company owned and soon to be launched by Zayn Alexander. ABROAD is a short film starring Zayn Alexander and Pascale Seigneurie. The screenplay was written by Seigneurie and the film was directed by Alexander. ABROAD made its world premiere at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, January 31 - February 10. Learn more at sbiff.org.
News and Updates:
- SBIFF 2018 Filmmaker Seminar: SHORTS FILMMAKERS sponsored by Driscoll's Berries.
During the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival Jan 31 - Feb 10, actor/director Zayn Alexander discussed along with filmmakers Randall Christopher, Daniel Chein, and Kyle Morrison the unusual challenges in their projects, how they deal with changes in their plans, what you should and shouldn't fear as an aspiring filmmaker. Moderated by Michael Albright, the panel was an invaluable source of information for film students, filmmakers and film lovers alike.
- ANACAPA SCHOOL, Guest Lecture
Alexander speaks with Anacapa School film students in Santa Barbara, California. The actor/director shared his experience in this interactive talk after screening his directorial debut to the group.
- OFFICIAL SELECTION, FilmFest52 2018 (Bethel, CT)
ABROAD has been accepted for screening at FilmFest52. FilmFest52 is a unique festival that runs years round, screening on average 250 films per year. ARBOAD will screen on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 pm at the Bethel Cinema located in Bethel, Connecticut. www.bethelcinema.com
- OFFICIAL SELECTION, New Haven International Film Festival 2018 (New Haven, CT)
ABROAD has been accepted to screen at New Haven International Film Festival May 2-6, 2018 in New Haven, Connecticut.
COUNTRY United States
RUNTIME 10 minutes
AKA Abroad | El Gherbe | à l'étranger
There are a lot of conversations taking place today at the national stage, one of them is that of diversity. While the industry has come a long way, particularly when it comes to embracing diverse characters, the issue still remains. I believe that true diversity means cultural inclusiveness in all of its forms with the story being front and center. It's one thing to greenlight a generic storyline and include a diverse cast (LGBTQ, Asian, African American, Middle-Eastern, etc.), it's a whole other thing to present the lives of people from different cultures and, as a result, pave the way for an organic casting process and true change.
ABROAD is my first film as a filmmaker. I'm also an actor in the project. This film started out as a personal experiment between Pascale and myself. Pascale Seigneurie is my writer and co-star. We wanted to tell a story about how we as people are not so different from each other regardless of where we come from. Our stories, emotions, and thoughts are universal. We’ve all experienced that inner conflict of having to choose between our dreams and material reality. We’ve all experienced that yearn for what we believe is an idealistic existence and how, eventually, we succumb to the temptations of the regular.
ABROAD revolves around actors and the film industry. However, the film is not just a short film about the typecasting of Middle-Eastern actors. The real focus are the lives of a Lebanese couple beyond the small roles available to them. It's a "slice of life" story that hasn't been told before, and it's my desire to see it instigate deep conversations about family, career, and the struggles one faces in pursing his or her dreams while convention and societal expectations play their respective roles in influencing one's thoughts and behavior. In making this film, I imagined a film I wanted to see, so I made one.
Press and Reviews:
- The Beach Reporter, February 9, 2018 by Michael Hixon
- Screencritix, November 26, 2017 by Carl Burgess
- Indyred, November 4, 2017
- 22 Indie Street, January 2018
- Diamond in the Rough Films, December 21, 2017 by Mark Schwab
- Reelromp, November 13, 2017
- The IndieFEST Film Awards Announces Latest Winners, November 24, 2017
While a release date has not been officially confirmed, a DVD will go on sale at the end of 2018.