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Bilal’s Stand (Sundance Festival Prescreen)

Bilal’s Stand, a feature film written and directed by local filmmaker Sultan Sharrief, has been accepted to the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT category. It tells the story of Bilal, a Detroit high school student, and his struggle to pursue his dream of higher education.

The film was made as part of the Student EFEX Project (“Encouraging the Filmmaking Experience”), a partnership between local artists, students from the University of Michigan, and metro Detroit high school students. The EFEX project and Bilal’s Stand grew from a class entitled, “Community Filmmaking,” created by Sharrief and Terri Sarris, a lecturer in U-M’s Department of Screen Arts and Cultures.

Bilal’s Stand, shot in and around Detroit on a shoestring budget, embodies the spirit of turning less into more. With the help of hundreds of community volunteers and talented young students, and the support of local businesses and the University, the film was made in the spirit of “The Little Engine That Could.” Five years in the making, the film’s selection to NEXT is the culmination of an amazing journey.

And it’s not too late to be a part of it. There will be a pre-screening available at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.


WINNERS of Best Screenplay Award in United Talent Agency Collegiate Competition

Previous film produced by Sharrief, The Spiral Project, a nominated for the 2006 MTV MOVIE AWARDS. (Finalist)

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Date: Sunday, January 31, 2010
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Michigan Theater
Street: 603 East Liberty Street


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