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Local filmmaker starts crowdfunding campaign for movie BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

The art of film encompasses many artists working together to tell a compelling story. At the helm of any movie is a storyteller who sets the mood on set, conveys the tone of the story and shoots the film. Chandler writer, producer and director Gita Farid is one such filmmaker who is shooting her latest short film “Ilyushin-A Gentle Mensch Caught in Soviet System.” Farid, who grew up in England, focuses on writing films based in bygone eras. “I make historical films,” she says. “I don’t really do contemporary films, and so I’m always fascinated with the past.” “Ilyushin” transports filmgoers to the 1970s, and Farid’s film reflects the décor, ambiance and grittiness of that time, plus the struggles of the main character, Ilyushin, and his Soviet family. “This is a story about a fictitious Soviet country where there is a game show, and they randomly pick people. And it brings Ilyushin on to the game show.” He’s a very simple man who has a sick daughter and, through a game show appearance, he is hoping to save her. “You have to see the film to see what happens,” teases Farid. “It’s a short film intended to be a pilot for a TV series. But we’re making it into a short so we can submit it around and maybe get some support.” To help fund the film, Farid has started a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo, with a goal of $15,000. Money raised for the film will go toward costs associated

HISTORIC FILMMAKER: Filmmaker Gita Farid is working toward raising $15,000 for her short film “Ilyushin-A Gentle Mensch Caught in Soviet System,” which is set in the 1970s. She is filming it in Arizona. Photo courtesy of Earnest Robinson

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Actress Kristina Sabbagh looks on contemplatively as the cast and crew of “Ilyushin-A Gentle Mensch Caught in Soviet System” prepares to shoot a scene. Photo courtesy of Rachael Smith of Raysquared Photography

with casting, production, wardrobe, props and preproduction. The campaign ends at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. To support the film, visit projects/ilyushin-a-gentle-mensch-caughtin-soviet-system. Farid recently shot a scene from “Ilyushin” that will be used to help market the film in its IndieGoGo campaign. “We shot one scene from the film just to show people a little bit about the storyline, and it’s when character Ilyushin meets his love,” Farid explains.

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item. There are consignment stores on every corner that will take the item and attempt to find buyers. There is also the Internet, which is becoming a mall and shopping center. The valuables that before were not readily saleable now can be sold 24 hours a day. But first you need to have the experts determine a value. From this point, the marketplace will determine the true selling price. Also ask the experts if they are possible buyers of the assets. It will expedite the conversion of the item to cash. Please take the time on one of these hot days to search for valuables that can be converted to funds for a break from the heat. Remember there are experts and buyers who want to assist!

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Phoenix-based actress and law student Kristina Sabbagh has the role of Ilyushin’s wife, Lena. The Lithuanian-born actress truly understood her character. “It’s a sad story,” Sabbagh explains. “My character is a strong woman in the beginning.” Lena gives up her dream of going to school after she falls in love with miner Ilyushin and has a baby who falls ill. Lena also feels that she doesn’t get that much attention because life is hard. Portraying Lena is a thrill for Sabbagh.

“The first day of shooting was just absolutely amazing,” gushes Sabbagh. “I thought it was going to be fun, but the amount of details that Gita put into the set was incredible. I walked in and said, ‘This is Soviet time.’ I’m Lithuanian. I was born into the Soviet Union so I know the communist system a little bit.” Farid won acclaim at Phoenix’s Filmstock Film Festival with her World War II era short film “It’s Over!” in 2010. The short film took home six awards, including Most Ambitious Film and Best Set Design. “It’s Over!” was also nominated as Best Short Film and was screened at the 2011 Marbella International Film Festival in Spain. For more information on Farid and her films, visit Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at

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