The Citizen

11 Sep

Today marks a big day in history for Americans and the rest of the world. Unfortunately a very sadden one. I was asked by one of my closest friends last year if I wanted to be an extra in her husband’s upcoming film you can read more about him here which will premiere next week at the Boston Film Festival. At first I was hesitant and I asked her about the story line. She explained it was about a Lebanese/Arab man who arrives in New York City a day before 9/11 on a U.S. green card lottery, and the rest is history, I was convinced. I knew this film would be political, based on true events, and would involve culture which are exactly the types of films I enjoy watching. I never thought about being an extra in a film before, but if ever given the opportunity the film would have to have a purpose behind it, and something I could relate on a very deep level in which I can because my husband is Lebanese American. Eleven years later we still discuss the after math it has left for him and the rest of Arab Americans and Americans in general.

I am looking forward to watching the upcoming film. The experience was wonderful I now have a better understanding of what goes behind making a film. I was part of the court scene which was a two-day event and took place in the beautiful Masonic Temple in Detroit Michigan the largest Masonic Temple in the world, another hidden jewel Pure Michigan has to offer.

I hope you all have the opportunity to watch the film, I am extremely convinced it will be well worth it,
Monica

6 Responses to “The Citizen”

  1. Le Procrastinista September 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    wow this looks really good. I will definitely keep an eye out for it.

    • essentjewels September 11, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

      Oh yes, if you like drama then this is for you.

  2. cravingforbarneys September 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    I’m wondering when I’m going to be able to watch it in Spain!

    • essentjewels September 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

      I hope it makes out there I am not sure why it would’t this seems like it could be an international film worldwide.

  3. Linnelle September 15, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Great, thoughtful commentary, my friend. I also enjoyed being an “extra” in the movie with you. It really did give you a much better sense of what all goes on behind the scenes of film making. Like when they have to do 10 takes of the same scene due to improper lighting, sounds, or an actor’s flub up on their lines, LOL! It was a great experience! I’m do excited to see this movie together.

    XO
    Linnelle

    • essentjewels September 15, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

      Wow, those were two very long days, thank you for taking the time to be part of it with me. Those two longs days will probably only be 10 minuets of the film, at least we learned a lot through it and we were together.

      Hugs,
      MB

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