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Afghan Hound



United States, 2010, High Definition - Color - 97

DIRECTED BY:
Brian Alessandro

CAST:
Adam Griffith Lavrenti Lopes Paul Anderson Nicholas Wilder Matt McGorry Grace Gawthrop Ray Wasik Sidik Sanayev Kusniya Sodikova Anouk Dutruit Pei Pei Lin Francesca Barrett Gregory Wright Mekita Coe Laura Schleifer

SCREENPLAY:
Brian Alessandro

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Gregg Conde

EDITING:
Dino Marc Pascarelli

SET DESIGN:
Shi Ying Vicki Yang

COSTUME DESIGN:
Candace Lawrence

MUSIC:
Christopher Castellino

SOUND:
Darin Hallinan

PRODUCER:
Eric Paul MaryEa

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Afghan Hound is a story of a complicated, diseased relationship between 33-year old carpenter Chris Leeds, a former Marine, and 22-year old Zemar, an orphaned Afghan refugee who is tending his aunt and uncle’s rug shop. Both Chris and Zemar are afflicted with a distorting trauma as a result of their involvement in the “war on terror” waged in Afghanistan. Owing to the horrors of combat, Chris is prone to masochism, Zemar to sadism; as both men wrestle with increasingly racist viewpoints of the other’s community, their violent and self-abasing proclivities surface.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Brian Alessandro has worked throughout the past decade as a schoolteacher, psychotherapist, fiction writer, journalist, and filmmaker.He has written for six society news outlets in the Hamptons, throughout Long Island, and in Queens including Hamptons.com, the Hamptons Journal, and Dan’s Papers, completed five feature-length screenplays, three of which were on commission for talent managers and executive producers, associate produced “Beyond Life,” a feature film based on one of his scripts for Life Cinemedia, INC., production coordinated another feature for Diamonds & Cheese, LLC, named “The Spring in Her Step,” completed three novels, self-published one, titled “An EGO Dream Game,” through Xlibris Corporation of Random House, had “Empathy,” a short story, published in the on-line literary journal Humdinger.com, and also had staged two plays off-Broadway entitled “The Keeper of MY Dignity,” and “The Unmentionable Mann” by multiple off-Broadway theater companies. He recently wrote and directed the feature film “Afghan Hound” for MaryEa Media Productions, LLC.In addition to his cinematic and literary pursuits, Brian has also earned his master of arts in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has worked as a psychotherapist, psychometrician, and case manager at clinics, hospitals and not-for-profit/ non-governmental-organizations, as well as under several 9/11 Project Liberty grants. During this period he also maintained full-time employment as a high school teacher of film history & criticism, advanced placement psychology, and health sciences courses, which he created.

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