Acclaimed SCREENPLAY Seeks PRODUCER
HOW HIS BRIDE CAME TO ABRAHAM
“When those who must not Love”
Dear Producer, Director, Filmmaker—
Is this Thriller-Romance for you?
On a bomb-ﬁlled day in South Lebanon, a ﬂeeing Palestinian female is captured by a wounded Israeli soldier. In shock and entrapped – by explosions, and by their hate and fear of each other – their humanity grows to ignite a passion that transforms them (and all who watch).
A battlefield clash…in which the instinct to love overpowers hate.
Audience hearts’ turn. To be there is transformative.
Worldwide appeal. All demographics. Crosses divides.
Low budget + Thrilling + Deeply Emotional = Box Office Winner
The Producer we inspire who has the ability to bring this magical story to life…for the world … is our goal.
Abraham has been honored by countless angels – first as a play, and then as a proposed film.
HOW ABRAHAM WAS BORN—
When a producer asked me to write a play about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I said “Impossible! That’s a stand-off, not a play. Plays unite all sides in a single catharsis!”
But I asked myself “Could I write one?” and didn’t rest until I had Abraham.
Seeing Abraham, Israelis and Palestinians wept together. Foes longed for the safety of their enemy’s child. …magic?
*see Donnelly’s insight
To date: a showcase performance got raves in New York – productions in New Jersey, Missouri, Ohio – readings at synagogues, cathedrals, peace associations, universities, and the UN’s Israeli-Palestinian Working Group. The play was published, twice; an Israeli cinematographer shot a documentary of the Israeli actor and Palestinian actress working together; a studio-head offered to engineer an audio CD. When a film producer got excited by what he felt in the play’s audience, I realized: a small film could take this story everywhere, so I began to write one.
A Jewish attorney introduced Abraham to Catholics running IDOC/North America and sponsoring humanitarian projects. They welcomed Abraham; we collected donations toward a film, made a website. I wrote and cast a trailer: the cinematographer got crew, my author husband produced, volunteers assisted, and we shot two minutes. Then our production manager did a break-down and budget for the screenplay.
Producers mentored drafts and took options; directors declared interest; our Trailer made “finalist” at A&E Shorts; Oaxaca FilmFestival announced Abraham screenplay was their “Official Selection,”
Then IDOC closed (July 2019): so Abraham is now available for commercial production – an acclaimed screenplay seeking its Producer.
…adapted from the Play about which VARIETY says:
“Sunde does not take sides in the conﬂict…dialogue has a crisp, biting edge…timely romantic drama… volatile battle zone…vivid characters and action… cinematic thrust summons the inspiration for a dandy ﬁlm.”
WHAT THEY SAY about ABRAHAM : Peacemakers & Filmmakers
Plays International, UK
“One of the most powerful antiwar plays ever penned…would like-wise make a ﬁrst-rate ﬁlm!”
WHAT PEACE PEOPLE SAY about ABRAHAM
JANE ADAS, VP, Americans for Middle East Understanding
“Experiencing ABRAHAM rattles our preconceptions…. We ﬁnd ourselves identifyiing with both the Israeli soldier and the Palestinian refugee, unable to demonize either. This is no small achievement on a subject as radioactive as the Israeli/Palestinian conﬂict. ABRAHAM has the potential to be a force for reconciliation…”
D. SCHIMMEL, AP Reporter
“Good war ﬁlms make you think about something other than war. ABRAHAM leaves me feeling full of humanity and cheering for it/us… So to me it feels like an extreme love story. I imagine that everyone who sees this play goes home and wonders on some level, ‘how can I have that, what can I do?’ ”
NASEER ARURI, (DISHONEST BROKER) Chair- Trans-Arab Research Institute.
“I am delighted I have been following your project … I found it fascinating and so creative an idea…. As it has evolved into a ﬁlm project, I ﬁnd myself intrigued and overwhelmed by the courage which such an undertaking will require. It is a new dimension in the area of conﬂict resolution.”
DR. BRUCE WEXLER, (BRAIN AND CULTURE), Founder- A Different Future
“I was so moved by the play…it is like seeing two people trapped in a spider web, struggling to ﬁnd a way out even as they know the spider will ﬁnd them…. Good and wonderful things in their individual human spirits assert themselves…but the play shows us that something more is needed to help these trapped people – and all the rest of us by association.”
*JOSEPH C. DONNELLY, UN Permanent Delegate, Caritas Internationalis, Leader, UN Israeli and Palestinian Working Group.
*“…like it or not, we all share in the Israeli/Palestinian struggle; it seizes space within us…. ABRAHAM draws audiences because we are terribly seized…perhaps more than we can say…by this call to be healed, to let go and live. ABRAHAM is transformative; it leads where we need to go.”
WHAT FILMMAKERS SAY about ABRAHAM
CHIZ SCHULTZ, Producer, Best Picture Academy Award nominee- A SOLDIER’S STORY
“I am very impressed with the way you take hold of difﬁcult moral and political issues and not only make them understandable but dramatic and personal. Your characters are living, breathing people whom I care about. It’s excellent writing, dialogue and storytelling. …you are fresh and provocative – you are able to weave emotional truths, realistic dialogue, dramatic situations and compelling storytelling.”
ADAM LEIPZIG, Pres., National Geographic Films, Producer, Touchstone and Interscope:
“This is GREAT news. Amos (Gitai) is a GREAT director and perfect for your project. Adam”
MICHAEL CALIFRA, VP, City Lights Media Group (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN)
“Everyone here liked the project immensely! I certainly do remember ABRAHAM.”
BUZZ MCLAUGHLIN, Producer, Either/Or Films (THE SENSATION OF SIGHT, SOMEPLACE LIKE AMERICA)
“All great ﬁlms start with a great story and this story (ABRAHAM) is timeless and yet timely, truthful yet tender, universal yet uniquely personal, posing the ageless question as to why we as human beings have such a struggle ﬁguring out how to live at peace with one another.”
MUHAMMED RUM, Director/Producer JIHAD! , CEO Scent Elate
“It is the conﬂict brought to a humane level, with love tragically transcending – you have a powerful piece that ﬂows ﬂuidly, is extremely dramatic and cinematic, i.e., visually stunning. And it is not didactic. It is very well worth realizing in the idiom of ﬁlm.”
NARA GARBER, Director, DP, Producer, Pres, Topiary Prod (FLAT DADDY, THE QUIET WAR)
“Karen’s wonderful script… ABRAHAM demands harsh reality and thoroughly irresistible escapism…(it) forces the viewer to contemplate the effects of ingrained prejudice and generations of violence on a raw human level. If it can lead people to reach out across an ever-widening divide…”
ROLAND VAJS, Sound Editor (SHIPPING NEWS, SCHOOL OF ROCK)
“Thank you for the wonderful story! When can we meet? I am very excited about how good this ﬁlm can be.”
SEAN CULLIN, Actor (MICHAEL CLAYTON, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD)
“Your screenplay is wonderful…read it again from cover to cover. It’s a great piece, and a wonderful example of how to “open-up” an intimate play for the screen. …I believe it (ABRAHAM) to be not only timely, but deeply affecting and wonderfully entertaining.”
Celebrated directors, both Israeli (Amos Gitai) and Palestinian (Mai Masri) declared their interest in ﬁlming ABRAHAM, as did an Executive Producer of multiple studio ﬁlms.
Abraham has no current attachments.
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