51

We are producing the UAE's first short film starring Hollywood's Navid Negahban and co-starring local talents Omar Borkan Al Gala, Mylène Gomera, Dana Hamdan and Rik Aby.

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51 is a short film, a sci-fi thriller based on numbers. It stars Navid Negahban, "Abu Nazir" from the #1 US TV drama, Homeland, and co-stars Mylène Gomera, Dana Hamdan, Rik Aby and Omar Borkan Al Gala.Story line;David Massomi literally runs into a beautiful, mysterious woman, Mylène, in the airport. Their encounter leads him on a journey where nothing is as it seems, is it all a frightening coincidence, or planned? Is Mylène friend or foe, and is David really who he seems to be?Mylène forces David to face the truth, the secret he's been running from his entire life. It’s a secret that only he has the answer to as it’s part of him, and everyone wants to control it. To accomplish this, they will have to control him! Will revealing this secret be the key to the ultimate power, or destroy everything?51 is being made for the film festival circuit, however the goal is to have the short film generate excitement and interest from US networks for a TV series. The story can best be described as The X Files meets The Fugitive. It's a fresh story idea, with a lot of twists and turns! If you are a sci-fi / thriller / conspiracy story fan, YOU can be a part of this and get 51 made.

Why is this idea important?

You are supporting an indie film project, and a potential TV series! With your involvement the idea is also supporting local filmmakers. By having a known actor, from a hit series involved in the project, it's an opportunity for all involved to raise their profile and learn more.Our co-production company, Trucial States, is 100% Emirati owned and operated. The cast and crew are from a diverse range of Nationalities, which reflect one of the really positive aspects about being in the UAE, as it is a blend of cultures, religions and races that work together. So far we are American, Emirati, Iranian, Filipino, German, Jordanian, Sudanese, British and the list is growing. You can get involved and add yourself to the list!

More about this idea

Navid just wrapped shooting Words and Pictures with Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche in Canada. Mylène Gomera, Dana Hamdan and Rik Aby are all working on projects in the UAE.

What is the funding for?

The funding is to produce the film.We are also offering some great corporate rewards which can be done as "in kind" donations, for flights from Los Angeles and hotel accomodation in Dubai. We are also open to hear what companies may be interested in doing for "in kind" donations, as there are several items in the film that instead of the production having to buy them, they can be used for product placement sponsorship. So if you have a product you would like to discuss, please contact us. Check and see what corporate rewards, you as a company can get by being involved with 51.

About Michelle Nickelson

I am the managing director of MENA CineFinance, SPC. I am also the Co-Chairwoman of Women in Film and Television (WIFT) UAE. With both organizations, my goal is to be supportive to women and emerging filmmakers in the Middle East region. I am from Los Angeles and commute back and forth from Dubai/Abu Dhabi to the US.

To that end, I have in my capacity as both managing director and Co-Chairwoman, initiated many projects in this sector. Some include sending film students from the region to Los Angeles, where they were guests of USC film school and Warner Brothers Studios, sent a lady delegate to the Berlin Film Festival from WIFT, UAE; organized lectures from industry experts who are visiting the UAE, organized WIFT, UAE's first short screenplay competition winner, The Yellow Suitcase, written by Shina Ahmad, with a $5,000 prize, which is currently in post production. I just recently organized the project for an intern from twofour54 Abu Dhabi, to be on set in London with our associates for 2 weeks while filming the Universal Studios film, Plastic.

Our company is not currently involved with short films. 51 is an opportunity for some of the local filmmakers here to work on a film with a professional actor in the industry and gives everyone a chance to learn. Also as Aflamnah is a local UAE company, we want to support their efforts as they support local artists and filmmakers.

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    All of the above, plus 12 days of workshop. Five days classroom instruction which will cover acting, working with actors, writing for film, directing, producing, pitching and then 7 days working on set with Navid Negahban, and Michael Mann, our other producer from Los Angeles, and our local actors.Workshop runs June 11, 12, 13, 16 and 17, filming starts on the 18th to the 24th. There are 25 spots available. DON'T wait, these will go fast. Learn from Hollywood professionals and have an on set experience. Those who are interested may also be background extras in the film.

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    CORPORATE REWARD Round trip flights from Los Angeles to the UAE are needed, these can be done as an "in kind" donation. We will shoot the opening scene of the film in the airline's arrival terminal, and the airline name will be displayed. Also the airline name and logo in the closing credits, and mentioned in all promotional materials.