Yesterday I attended the red carpet premiere of “Black Tulip” directed by Sonia Nassery Cole, at the Beverly Hills Film Festival after being invited as a result of my original screenplay “The City’s King” making the festival’s official selection.
I was greeted by Adam Ottmar, the festival coordinator, who I had already had several correspondences with prior to. Adam is a really great guy and recognized me even before I had recognized him.
Another great guy I met was a photographer by the name of George Atoraya Simonov who is founder of Assyrian Enterprise and whose photos of me I have posted on my photos section.
The festival itself was one of the best I have been to. They couldn’t have chosen a better setting for it, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the the choice of Black Tulip for the opening was a great one.
The film tells the story of a restaurant-owning family in Afghanistan who battle to extremists in hopes that their patrons may be allowed to recite poetry in their restaurant sans fear of death and persecution.
Filmed during one of the most trying times in that country’s history, “Black Tulip” is without a doubt a cinematic gem. I encourage all to see it.