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AMERICAN DREAMER



France, 2012, - Color - 32

DIRECTED BY:
THOMAS HALEY

PHOTOGRAPHY:
JOSEPH HALEY

PRODUCER:
ADRIANA FERRARESE

STORY DESCRIPTION:

American Dreamer is the portrait of one young man searching for his way and his identity in a country that also seems to be suffering from the confusion of an identity crisis due in large part to the trauma of 9/11. Against the background of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and Julian’s north Florida home, we observe the aftermath of this tragic moment in contemporary American history and the tensions that are tearing at the fabric of American society.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Thomas Haley/ DirectorA native Oregonian, Thomas Haley has lived in Paris since the early 70‘s. He did his university studies in photography (University of Oregon), cinema (New York University), and art history (American University in Paris). He first worked as a photo-researcher for Magnum Photo Agency. Since the early 80s, Thomas Haley has worked for SIPA PRESS, covering political conflict, man-made and natural disasters from Panama to Tian’anmen Square, the Balkans and the Middle East. His work on the Bhopal industrial accident in 1984 was awarded by the World Press Awards. He has currently decided to dedicate himself to documentary projects. He has recently received a fund from the documentary department of CNC (Centre National de la Cinematography) for his web-documentary project on Palestine “Facts on the ground” (in production with CAPA media agency.) He usually works with his two sons Seamus and Joseph.

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