[image-1]Filmmaker Rola Nashef doesn’t credit other movies as inspirations to her own work. An Arab American hailing from Michigan, she doesn’t find too many story lines or characters in Hollywood that she can directly relate to. Instead, Nashef uses her films as a space to introduce subject matter she couldn’t normally find on movie screens — subject matter that is otherwise known as her life experience as an Arab American. Her film Detroit Unleaded has even been deemed the first Arab-American comedy and has earned her the Inaugural Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award, which included a $10,000 check toward her future filmmaking.
And Park Circle Film Soceity wants you to be able to get the inside scoop on the filmmaker’s process of making Detroit Unleaded as well as other topics. They’ll be holding a special Q&A with Nashef via Skype after the screening of her film Saturday night. “We strive to show cutting-edge fare that you won’t find elsewhere in Charleston, so we were thrilled to book this film from a female director who is pushing boundaries and ‘breaking out’ as an Arab-American filmmaker,” says Karen Black, board member from Park Circle Film Society who will also act as the Q&A’s moderator. “Rola Nashef’s choice to make a comedy for her feature debut further solidifies her reputation as someone who is going to defy expectations and challenge stereotypes.” The Q&A will last 20 minutes.
Detroit Unleaded plays on Sat. Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Park Circle Film Society screens films at the Olde Village Community Building, located at 4820 Jenkins Ave. in North Charleston. Tickets cost $5 for non-members and $2 for members. For more information, visit parkcirclefilms.org or call (843) 628-5534