The Tiger Hunter: Funding Needed!
The film follows Sami Malik, a clever young South Asian Muslim man as he travels to 1970s America to seek glory and impress his childhood crush, only to end up as a mailroom clerk with two oddball roommates, entwined in a messy web of escapades as he tries to achieve his dream.
For readers of this blog, however, more important to Sami’s story is who he is–a Muslim. While the film isn’t about his faith, Sami’s religion is an aspect of his identity. And that’s something we don’t see very often in film.
These days, it seems like every other group has been normalized through film and television. We saw it happen with the Cosby Show, and we’ve seen how far the gay community has come largely through depictions on shows like Glee and Modern Family. But we don’t see it happening for Muslims.
Through The Tiger Hunter, we are trying to do what we can to help jumpstart a trend of normalizing Muslims through media. We’re likable! We have unique stories that people want to see! So why not have movies with us as lead characters?
Our good intentions, thus far, have been rewarded. We are speaking with top actors for the roles (we already have one known celebrity on board), we have interest from distributors, we have Hollywood personnel on board, and are working with some of the Muslims on board who have the best chance of making it in the industry. Now, we just need the last bit of financing.
Historically, it is the burden of the community to put itself into the limelight. When Spike Lee began making films to help the African-American community, he first asked for money from his community. When the gay community as I mentioned wanted to become more mainstream, it was gay producers like Ryan Murphy (who created Glee) who were in the lead. It is time now that Muslims took the same steps, and I hope you will support us in our upcoming film.
Believe it or not, every little bit helps. If you can support us at all in this project, please visit our Kickstarter page at http://kck.st/13tcFx8. Your pledges, support and prayers are extremely appreciated. This cannot be done without you.