Some fanfare from across the pond for Bryan Buckley’s ASAD with the lovely folks from the UK publication DAVID REVIEWS .
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Hungryman director Bryan Buckley has achieved huge success at festivals around the world with his short film Asad.
The film – which was also written by Buckley – takes place in a war-torn fishing village in Somalia where a boy must decide between life as a pirate or as an honest fisherman.
Buckley’s decision to make this movie with an all-Somali refugee cast was inspired by his experiences shooting ‘No Autographs’ during the summer of 2010. Buckley, along with producer Mino Jarjoura, travelled with the United Nations to Kenya and Sudan and while filming in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, he interviewed many Somali refugees and was both fascinated by their spirit and moved by their struggles.
A year later, Buckley wrote and directed ASAD.
After premièring at the Tribeca Film Festival in April of this year, Asad won the prize for ‘Best Narrative Short’ and became eligible for an Academy Award nomination.
Asad then travelled west to the LA Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Short before being named by Indiewire as one of ‘The Five Hottest Short Films of the Summer’.
The film screened at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) where it was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Short and became RIIFF’s official representative to the Academy in hopes of a nomination.
The film was further honoured when Michael Moore personally selected Asad for the Traverse City Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize.
The film festival circuit is far from over for ASAD… it will appear around the world over the next nine months and – in the next few months – there’s the possibility that it will be garlanded with an Oscar.
We agree with you David- Go Bryan!!