WALLBANGERS - A Omar S. Khodeir Doc
Feature Documentary Egypt / Canada
Sport, Road Movie, Biopic
Every word class athlete’s ultimate dream is to compete in the Olympics. For squash players that dream is yet to materialize because squash is not an Olympic sport. Will their dream be realized in 2020?
From Tahrir square to a four walled squash court Wallbangers chronicles the intertwining story of six Egyptian squash players as they journey around the world battling rivalries and their own inner demons to win tournaments and reach their ultimate goal of becoming world champions while overcoming unimaginable political and social upheavals that surround their lives as they hold on to a dream of Olympic glory for future generations to realize.
Wallbangers is a story of courage, determination and redemption. Triumph through tough times, lost dreams and new found ones. The film is a deep personal exploration of Egyptian squash since the 1930's and a reflection on the future of the game in 2020.
Wallbangers features all of Egypt’s esteemed players and many surprise guest stars from the global squash community.
For character bios please visit our micro blog: http://wallbangers.tumblr.com/characters
WHO WE ARE
We are a multi-national clique of professional filmmakers based in Cairo, Egypt and Vancouver, Canada. With more than a decade of experience working in commercial television we are still willing to take risks for subject matter we feel passionate about because we believe in a grassroots approach to production. Not just that we are also diehard squash fans and avid players back in the day.
Wallbangers is a film made not just for squash fans but also for all sports enthusiasts and documentary film connoisseurs alike.
If you enjoy a gladiatorial game with surgical strategy and plenty of drama Wallbangers is a film for you, a highly charged, action packed, blood pumping intimate road movie about the highly competitive modern squash game. Wallbangers is the first installment of Omar S. Khodeir's Squash Trilogy.
For Omar S. Khodeir's biography visit http://omarkdr.com/About
We believe artists and athletes alike shape the conscience of a society. Cinema needs to stand up and do its part in addition to entertain it must also be a source of contemplation and inspiration. That's how we define our role as filmmakers. We aim to be a vehicle and source of vision and inspiration by innovatively telling personal compelling stories that touch on universal themes and sharing them with the world.
WHAT WE NEED
Just over a year ago we embarked to create a film that can compete theatrically and on broadcast television, if it is to have a significant impact, and that means being of a high technical quality and story structure. We'll need a proper Dolby digital 5.1 sound mix, proper color correction and digital mastering plus funds to keep us shooting for another six months around the world during tournaments and like they say in the world of squash "crunch time is coming up".
We need your help to cover travel and accommodation expenses to shoot in the following countries over the next six-month period
London, UK - Jan 2-6 2013 ATCO PSA World Series Finals
New York, USA - Jan 18-24 2013 JP Morgan Tournament of Champions
Kuwait - date yet to be announced in 2013
Hull, UK - May 18-26 2013 Allam British Open
El Gouna, Egypt - date yet to be announced in 2013
Mullhouse, France - June 9-15 2013 World Mens Team Championships
In addition we need PR and marketing expenses to promote the film at select film markets and festivals around the world. While 35,000 $ may seem like a lot to those who aren't familiar with film budgets, it's actually a drop in the bucket. We are so excited to put what we have shot and what we will still shoot together into a transformative, inspiring cinematic experience. Help us make this happen.
YOUR CONTRIBUTION: THE IMPACT
Making a movie is a huge crazy undertaking and things are happening fast and we want to get this film out fast and document specific moments in time that only repeat themselves ever few years for example the World Men’s Team Squash Championships in France in 2013 and global reactions to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) announcement in September 2013 to decide if squash will become an Olympic sport in 2020.
Your contribution will give us access to a unique behind the scenes, never before seen on film perspective of squash tournaments where we will be able to capture intimate action and reactions during games, on and off court. In addition your contribution will help us reach some of the worlds top players/rivals and spokesmen/women from the squash community around the world.
By supporting Wallbangers you are becoming sort of a community film producer whatever your contribution may be. The amount we are asking for is actually much less than what we really need. Double that would still be a tight squeeze - so please give what you can! Crowd funding is a great and beautiful reflection of the collective spirit of this film. It's time to bring glamour to squash!
Wallbangers PLAYER PERK Limited edition black T-shirt.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
Get the word out and make some noise about our WALLBANGERS campaign. Share with friends, family and colleagues. Use the Indiegogo share tool on your Facebook and Twitter, like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/wallbangersmovie tweet us back @squashroyalty and follow and share our micro blog http://wallbangers.tumblr.com/
WHAT IF WE DON'T REACH OUR GOAL?
Should we not be able to reach our goal of 35 k we will still shoot the film by hook or by crook anyways. A pistol, a prayer and a fistful of guts!
WHAT IF WE RAISE MORE?
Should we be able to raise more than 35 K it will make round two of our fundraising campaign a whole lot easier, all additional funds will be spent on clearing image rights and footage, post production, in addition to public screenings of the film around the world.
It's all about TRUST! We won't just take your hard earned money and run with it. SquashRoyalty.com the official online home of Wallbangers the movie will be updated with trailers on a monthly bases and all our social networking tools will be constantly active in updating audiences around the world.
We will keep all our contributors updated with our VIP monthly newsletter keeping you informed throughout the entire production of the film all the way to screenings and events around the globe! We want you to be a part of this experience and journey of making squash glamorous.