Chicago Mirage

A film by Sayed Badreya
Starring Sayed Badreya

On behalf of Sayed Badreya, Nemer Ziyad, Wasfi Tolaymat and JoAnn Fakhouri, we are pleased to announce the official red carpet premiere of Chicago Mirage a film by Sayed Badreya, Thursday, June 30, 2011 at the Music Box Theatre. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Sayed Badreya.

Chicago — A red carpet Hollywood premiere for the new movie drama short “Chicago Mirage” will be held at the Music Box theatre on Thursday, June 30 at 7pm.

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The film, directed by Hollywood actor Sayed Badreya, (Iron Man, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, The Insider, and Three Kings) tells the story of Mustafa Mussa (Badreya) a well respected Chicago dentist who spends 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The story picks up upon his release when he returns to his wife and the 10-year old son he never met. As he struggles to connect with his beautiful wife and son, he is torn between two paths. Does he continue the legacy he earned in prison or will he fight to regain the life he lost?

In the vein of The Godfather and Once Upon A Time in America, Chicago Mirage pays homage to the rich heritage of the Arab American immigrant while highlighting the beauty of Chicago and its rich multicultural tradition.

This 35 minute short was shot by Chicago native cinematographer Steven Parker, cast including Chicago native Merik Tadros (Munich, NCIS). And featuring 3 original songs from Daughter of the Blues Shirley King.

The movie, funded by local American Arab businesses, Nemer Ziyad (Ziyad Brothers Imp.) and Wasfi Tolaymat (Chicago Fight Club) will make its worldwide premiere at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave at 7 pm. It will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the filmmaker.

A film by Sayed Badreya, “Chicago Mirage” is produced by Zoom in Focus Productions, ZB Productions and Wardeh Productions. “Chicago Mirage”
Original Music by: Sunna Wehrmeijer
Edited by: Avril Beukes
Director of Photography: Steven Parker
Executive Producer: Nemer Ziyad, Wasfi Tolaymat
Produced by: JoAnn Fakhouri
Story by: Sayed Badreya
Screenplay by: Angi Ali and Janice Kaushal


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