North Shore Films Heads to Slamdance
December 16, 2010 by Screenmag
Chicago area producers North Shore Films is among the only 18 entrants to be selected from a record number of over 5,000 submissions for the 17th Annual Slamdance Film Festival, which runs concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival January 21-27, 2011 in Park City, Utah. The selected films are all independently produced features made on a small budget, and head to Park City without distribution.
North Shore's documentary entry "Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football" was shot in Dearborn, Michigan using Panasonic's popular Vericam HD format, over only a ten day period in 2009. "We follow a predominantly Arab-American public high school football team during the last ten days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan." stated Rashid Ghazi, North Shore's owner and “Fordson's” executive producer. "It unearths the story of a community desperately holding onto its Islamic faith while struggling to gain acceptance in post 9-11 America." That week of primary photography marked a unique overlap of Ramadan, the team's big game against cross-town rival Dearborn High, and the 8th anniversary commemorating the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
The 97 minute feature is produced in association with local veteran CNN producers Ash-har and Basma Quraishi and is being edited and finished by Ed Pickart at Forest Park, IL based production facility Motion Post.