NO WAY BACK
An American Film Institute Thesis Film
Zeinah and her 11-year-old daughter Norah have fled the devastating civil war in Syria and find themselves on the Turkish coast, desperately trying to board a dinghy to Europe. With every passing day and failed attempt, it becomes harder and more dangerous for mother and daughter to escape the Turkish authorities. In order to save Norah, Zeinah is faced with the most difficult decision of her life.
We are proud to have been selected finalists at this years Cine Gear Expo at Paramount Studios. We will screen and find out if we win on June 1st. Wish us luck.
Yet another prestigious festival has selected us for their program. We are very happy and excited to be part of First International Film Festival Xining in China.
Michael has directed music videos for established artists in Denmark and made commercials for companies like Unicef, Samsung, Unibet and Philidelphia. His debut short, “EXIT”, has been screened at eight festivals and in 23 countries.
The inspiration for “No Way Back” came during a project he was doing for Unicef on Syrian refugees living in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. The stories Michael heard there laid the foundation for “No Way Back.”
Michael is currently working as Nicolai Fuglsig's Creative Assistant on his debut feature "Horse Soldiers" produced by Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer.
Feras Alfuqaha is a graduated producing fellow at the American Film Institute. He is a graduate of DePaul University, with a BS in Animation. He wrote, produced and animated his thesis film, A LIFE EQUATION, at DePaul. In 2013, he went on a study-abroad program to visit production companies in Japan. He also worked in administrative roles for Leaders Training Academy in Turkey and Malaysia for five years. In 2013, he served as COO for Alshafey Center in Kuwait.
Yoni is a graduated cinematography Fellow at the American Film Instiute. Yoni fell in love with filmmaking while studying photography at California College of the Arts in Oakland. His final film, BLINK, has screened at festivals internationally and was a Student Academy Awards regional finalist in 2012. He has worked on commercials, music videos and shorts in San Francisco and Los Angeles and is always trying to feed his passion for shooting. Earlier in his life, Yoni served as a spokesperson and commander in the Israeli army, managed the technical department of a photography gallery and backpacked across Asia for a year (not necessarily in that order).
Eileen Shim is a graduated screenwriting fellow at the American Film Instiute. She is a writer from New York. Previously, she worked as a reporter at publications and media outlets such as PolicyMic, The New Republic, Associated Press and NBC News. In 2010, she traveled to Haiti to work on a documentary called AYITI LEVE, focusing on the country's political reconstruction after the earthquake. She has also reported from Cuba, Egypt and Belgium. Eileen studied comparative literature and international studies at Yale University with a concentration in film. She is also passionate about education and ran a teaching non-profit in New Haven, Connecticut.
Shannon earned her BA in Theater Design and Technology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2008. She completed a fellowship at the American Conservatory Theater in fall of 2010. She worked as a properties artisan, scenic artist, design assistant, and scenic designer on a variety of performance projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Clients have included the American Conservatory Theater, Joe Goode Performance Group, Marin Theatre Company and The California Shakespeare Theater. Shannon recently has graduated from The American Film Institute in 2016 with an MFA in Production Design.
Vero is a graduated editing fellow at the American Film Institute. Originally from the Czech Republic, Vero has traveled the world pursuing her dream to become a filmmaker. She graduated from United World College in Costa Rica and then received her B.A. in Film Studies at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She was awarded a National Board of Review grant to make a short, THE OLD MAN AND THE GNOME, on 16mm.
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DAVID LYNCH (Director - Blue Velvet),
DARREN ARONOFSKY (Director - Black Swan),
TERRENCE MALLICK (Director - Tree of Life)
WALLY PFISTER (Cinematographer – The Dark Knight, Inception),
ROBERT RICHARDSON (Cinematographer – Django Unchained),
HOWARD SMITH (Editor – The Abyss, Glengarry Glen Ross),
CHRISTOPHER GAY (Editor – Mad Men, CSI:NY)
FRANCO GIACOMO-CARBONE (Production Designer – The Expendables, Hostel),
TODD CHERNIAWSKY, (Production Designer – Avatar, Art Director - Alice In Wonderland),
SHARON SEYMOUR, (Production Designer – The Town, The Ides of March),
AFFONSO GONÇALVES, (Editor – Winter’s Bone, Night Catches Us),
FRANK REYNOLDS, (Editor – In The Bedroom, In Search Of A Midnight Kiss)
We're happy to announce that our movie was shortlisted at Cannes Lions for a Young Director Award for No Way Back as best Student Film!
Yet another prestigious award has chosen to nominate No Way Back. This time it is the Emmy's that have honored our movie. Eileen and Michael have been nominated in the Writing for Drama category at this year's College Television Awards.
A nomination Jerry Bruckheimer congratulated publicly on Twitter.