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OUALID MOUANESS

BIOGRAPHY

Oualid Mouaness is an independent Lebanese-American writer, director and producer.  He completed his undergraduate studies in Lebanon and then received an MFA in film from Florida State University. He had his start as a script reader followed by a brief stint in the finance department at Fox Kids Network before leaving to edit and co-produce Mari Kornhauser's 'Kitchen Privileges' (SXSW 2000). Shortly after that, he headed Windmill Lane Productions, a commercial and music video production company. In 2004, he took on the critically acclaimed documentary 'Rize' (Sundance 2005) directed by David LaChapelle, and followed it by 'Paris Not France' (TIFF 2008).

 

Alongside producing documentaries and films, Mouaness produced seminal music videos for artists including Taylor Swift, Katie Perry, Justin Timberlake and Lana Del Rey, and David Bowie.

Mouaness' diverse work balances issue-driven material as well as entertainment. His projects cover a wide spectrum of media and visual experiences; namely Michael Jackson's posthumous live performance at the Billboard Music Award, 'Slave to the Rhythm' (2014); Annie Lennox's 'Nostalgia' (2015) for PBS which garnered an Emmy nomination for live stage direction by Natalie Johns and more recently, the socially aware Audience Award-Winning documentary 'I Am Thalente' at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2015, released in 2016. 

Mouaness directed 'The Rifle, The Jackal, The Wolf and The Boy' (2016-Lebanon).  He is currently preparing his debut feature as a director.

KEY CREW

Director – Oualid Mouaness
Writers – Oualid Mouaness
Producers – Jinana Chaaya, Oualid Mouaness
Music – David Wingo
Editing – Jad Dani Ali Hassan
Sound – Shady Abi Chacra, Rawad Hobeika, Juan Campos
Director of photography – Elsy Hajjar
Production designer – Alexandra El Kahwagi
Visual effects – Robin Dougherty

Casting Director - Mike Ayvazian

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Country of production: LEBANON
Year of completion: 2016
Running Time: 19’
Aspect Ratio: 1:85
DCP 2K / Color / 24 f.p.s.
Sound Mix: Digital 5.1
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Japanese

CAST

Imad - Fidel Badran

Naji - Ali Mneimneh

Sameh - Jad Badran

Theresa - Layal Ghanem

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