Waterwell Launches Film Division, Will Premiere DAY TEN at Tribeca

By: Mar. 11, 2014

Waterwell, one of the Village Voice's Best Arguments for Devised Theater and creators of Goodbar and #9, announces the official launching of its film division with the World Premier of the short film, Day Ten, at the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. Day Ten, is written and directed by Arian Moayed and stars Omar Metwally.

New York City fell silent after the loss of its Twin Towers. William wanders the quiet streets, struggling to come to terms with what has happened to his city, as loved ones went missing and people resorted back to prayer.

"When we started Waterwell over a decade ago here in New York City, we always wanted to create a film division that shared the same mission as our theater company. Socially conscious, civic-minded work that hoped to engage, empower and excite our audiences," said Arian Moayed. "Waterwell Films always felt like the natural next step and I'm beyond thrilled to be premiering Day Ten at this year's Tribeca Film Festival."

Screening Schedule*:
1st Screening
6:00 PM
AMC Village VII
66 3rd Avenue, NY, NY, 10003

2nd Screening
9:30 PM
AMC Village VII
66 3rd Avenue, NY, NY, 10003

3rd Screening
11:30 AM
AMC Village VII
66 3rd Avenue, NY, NY, 10003

4th Screening
9:00 PM
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street, NY, NY, 10013

*For Ticket information, Venues and more on the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, go to http://tribecafilm.com/festival

The creative team for Day Ten also includes Rob Kalmbach (Cinematography), Matt Shane (Sound Editor/Mixing), Alex Koch (Executive Producer/Editor), Krissy Shields (Executive Producer) and Darby Cicci (Composer).

WATERWELL FILMS (Arian Moayed, Tom Ridgely, Damon Owlia and Andrew Criss, Founding Partners) is an art-house studio that develops and produces a wide variety of original content for film, television and the web. Waterwell Films uses the moving image to share stories that challenge assumptions, foster connection and celebrate the beauty of our experience in all its heartbreak and joy. Waterwell Films premiered its first Short Film in 2012 with Overdue and currently is in development on its first feature film, This Island Made, slated for production in 2014.

Waterwell Films is a division of Waterwell, established in 2002 by Mr. Moayed and Mr. Ridgely, which is a New York based company of artists dedicated to the collaborative creation of new works for the theatre, as well as a provider of Theatrical Arts and Drama programs at the Professional Performing Arts School ("PPAS").

ARIAN MOAYED (Writer/Director). Arian Moayed is an award winning writer/director for film, Artistic Director of Waterwell, arts educator and a Tony nominated actor. As a screenwriter and film director, Day Ten marks his second short film. His first short film, Overdue, has screened at film festivals including Palm Springs, CineQuest, Athens International and exclusively distributed by Ricki Lake's thebusinessofbeingborn.com. Looking ahead, Moayed is in pre-production for his first feature film, This Island Made Me, collaborating with indie music sensation, John Vanderslice, on his best-selling album "Emerald City" and pitching his first TV series, "Switch". As an actor, Moayed was nominated for a Tony award for his portrayal of Musa in Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. He has performed in world premieres at New York Theater Workshop, Public Theater, Signature Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, Steppenwolf, Brooklyn Academy of Music and is a proud recipient of the Theater World Award, a Drama League and Drama Desk nomination. On film, he currently stars in JJ Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron's NBC show "Believe". He next appears in Jon Stewart's directorial debut, Rosewater, and has worked with Spike Lee, Tom Fontana, Tony Kushner, Scott Rudin, Kevin Williamson and many more. As Artistic Director of Waterwell, a NY based award winning non-profit theater, he has helped devise over 13 original productions including GOODBAR (Public Theater), The|King|Operetta, Marco Millions and The Persians, to name a few. As an Arts Educator, Moayed administers one of the best public school arts programs in the country as part of the Waterwell Drama Program. With hundreds of students from all economic backgrounds, WDP partners with the Professional Performing Arts School, offering 6-12th the highest quality theater training in the country absolutely free of charge. Students also perform in numerous productions every year, including a world premiere play written by a professional playwright as part of the New Works Lab. From acting to movement to clowning to devising, WDP brings world class training to some of the brightest young stars.

OMAR METWALLY (William). Omar Metwally made his film debut in Steven Spielberg's Munich as Ali, the young man who engages Avner (Eric Bana) in political and philosophical debate. Since then he has appeared in a number of films, most notably in Gavin Hood's political thriller Rendition, Julian Schnabel's Miral, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, Amsterdam, and most recently in Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson. In 2008, Omar was the recipient of the Chopard Trophy for his performance in Rendition, presented to him at the Cannes Film Festival. Omar has made numerous television appearances in shows such as "Harry's Law," "The Good Wife," "Virtuality," "Grey's Anatomy," "Fringe," "The Unit," "Unforgettable" and others. He also recently finished work on the AMC pilot "Line of Sight," directed by Jonathan Demme. Omar has worked on stages in New York and across the country including work with The Public Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and numerous other companies of note. In 2004, he starred on Broadway in Sixteen Wounded, receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Featured Role for his work in the play. Omar was born in New York and raised in California. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and received an MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.


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