Film Screening & Reception
5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014
A Benefit for the Arab American National Museum
Writers Guild Theater
135 South Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Join the Southern California Friends of the Arab American National Museum to view this highly acclaimed romantic comedy set in Michigan’s Arab American community and meet its director/co-producer Rola Nashef and its leading cast members: the newcomers E.J. Assi (Sami) and Nada Shouhayib (Najlah) and the well-known actor/comedian Mike Batayeh (Mike).
This event includes a cocktail reception, film screening, Q&A with Nashef and the cast moderated by legendary television producer/director Asaad Kelada and a dessert reception.
Several levels of sponsorships and tickets are available for this event, Click the Buy Tickets button for more information and to purchase tickets and sponsorships online.
Click HERE to view a list of the Southern California Friends of the AANM and others who are presentingthis event.
This event is made possible with support from AANM sustaining partner
About Detroit Unleaded
Made and cast in Detroit, Detroit Unleaded is a slice-of-life romantic dramedy set in Michigan’s Arab American community. Sami works behind the bulletproof glass of a 24-hour gas station with his cousin Mike. In this unique neighborhood, the station is more than just a pit stop; it’s a place where an infinite stream of spirited and often hilarious people flow through. When Najlah walks in, Sami’s shift becomes anything but routine. In addition to the aforementioned cast, the film features Mary Assel, Steven Soro and Lebanese film and TV star Akram El-Ahmar.
(below, L to R: Nada Shouhayib, E.J. Assi, Mike Batayeh, Steven Soro and Rola Nashef)
Directed by Lebanon-born Rola Nashef, Detroit Unleaded had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from audiences and film critics alike. The film had its red-carpet U.S. premiere at the Detroit Institute of Arts and has had selected screenings at Dubai’s Film Festival and at limited theaters nationwide, where it attracted critical acclaim as a fun and inspiring experience.
The New York Times review salutes Nashef for creating “a surprisingly affecting examination of one aspect of the Arab-American experience: the dissonance between American hookup culture and home country traditions.” Another reviewer raved: “Nashef has taken one of America’s most maligned cities as well as one of its most misrepresented populations and created 90 minutes of pure entertainment.”
Click HERE to visit the Detroit Unleaded website and view a trailer.