Adrift after the death of her husband in the Iraq War, Helene Sorenson spends her days collecting and delivering donations for refugees in Boise, Idaho. One day she meets Jamil, an Iraqi teen, as he practices with a lasso in the parking lot of his rundown apartment complex: Jamil dreams of becoming a cowboy. Charmed by his improbable innocence, Helene offers to teach him roping. The two strike up an unlikely, fragile friendship that is threatened by Helene's casual betrayal and an act of violence that leaves them forever changed.
A gritty contemporary western, Refugee City explores the distances we must travel in order to reach home and each other.
Written and directed by Idaho filmmaker, Tracy Sunderland, this fictional short film serves as a graduate thesis for The London Film School where Tracy is finishing her Master's degree. The film will be shot in Idaho over an 11-day period; it will be screened in London as well as in Boise, Idaho. Tracy hopes the film will have a festival run and will enable future projects from and about her home state. This project is sponsored by the Boise City Arts and History department and Joseph Kepler Wallace, an artists' assembly.
What We Need
This small story about an unlikely friendship is meant for the big screen. We need proper camera equipment, lights, rigging, dollies, food for the talent and crew, costumes....all the fundamentals. Once we've finished shooting, we'll need a proper picture grade and sound dub to get the film ready for festivals--those cost big bucks.
The good news is that we've raised $9000 so far through sponsorships and private donations. Our goal is $30,000--$21,000 to go! Your support, even if it's to share this campaign with others, brings us that much closer to our goal.
From our hearts, we thank you for your generosity.