FEEDBACK from FILM PEOPLE
on the ABRAHAM screenplay

“I am very impressed and can't get over the way you manage to take hold of difficult moral and political issues and not only make them understandable but dramatic and personal.  Your characters are living, breathing people whom I care about.  It's just excellent writing, dialogue and storytelling. No matter what subject you tackle - and your subjects are fresh and provocative - you are able to weave emotional truths, realistic dialogue, dramatic situations and compelling storytelling into both play and screenplay formats.”

-- CHIZ SCHULTZ,  Producer
A SOLDIER’S STORY – Best Picture Academy Award nom; CBS Playhouse; PBS Program Director


“thanks for sending your screenplay! well done.  i wish you and your producer and director the best...!”    (and)  “this is GREAT news.  amos* is a GREAT director and perfect for your project.  adam” (*Amos Gitai – Israeli filmmaker interested in directing ABRAHAM)

-- ADAM LEIPZIG, President, National Geographic Films, was Sr. Producer, Touchstone and Interscope


“Everyone here liked the project immensely!  I certainly do remember ABRAHAM.”

-- MICHAEL CALIFRA, VP, City Lights Media Group
(THE MATADOR, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, MITZI GAYNOR)


“All great films start with a great story and this story (ABRAHAM) is timeless and yet timely, truthful yet tender, universal yet uniquely personal, posing the ageless question as to why we as human beings have such a struggle figuring out how to live at peace with one another.”  

-- BUZZ MCLAUGHLIN, Producer, Either/Or Films 
(THE SENSATION OF SIGHT, SOMEPLACE LIKE AMERICA)



“It is the conflict brought to a humane level, with love tragically transcending – you have a powerful piece that flows fluidly, is extremely dramatic and cinematic, i.e., visually stunning.  And it is not didactic.  …  It is very well worth realizing in the idiom of film.”  

-- MUHAMMED RUM, Director/Producer (JIHAD!) and CEO of Scent Elate


“Karen's wonderful script… ABRAHAM demands harsh reality and thoroughly irresistible escapism…(it) forces the viewer to contemplate the effects of ingrained prejudice and generations of violence on a raw human level.  If this can lead even a small group of people to reach out across an ever-widening divide and initiate dialogue, I would consider the film a success.”

-- NARA GARBER, Director, DP, Producer
President, Topiary Production
s (FLAT DADDY, MAKING THE CROOKED STRAIGHT, THE QUIET WAR)


“Thank you for the wonderful story!  When can we meet?  I would like to talk to you.  I am very excited about how good this film can be.”

-- ROLAND VAJS, Sound Editor
(SHIPPING NEWS, SCHOOL OF ROCK, FACTORY GIRL)

                                                           

“Your screenplay is wonderful, Karen. In fact, I just started back at the beginning and read it again from cover to cover, finishing just a few moments ago.  It's a great piece, and a wonderful example of how to "open-up" an intimate play for the screen.  …I believe it (ABRAHAM) to be not only timely, but deeply affecting and wonderfully entertaining.”

-- SEAN CULLIN, Actor (MICHAEL CLAYTON, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, SOUTH PACIFIC), Director/Writer

FEEDBACK from PEACE PEOPLE
on the ABRAHAM play

“Good war films make you think about something other than war.  ABRAHAM leaves me feeling full of humanity and cheering for it/us... loving and caring more.  So, yes, to me it feels like an extreme love story. I imagine that everyone who sees this play goes home and wonders on some level,  'how can I have that, what can I do?’ ”  

-- D. SCHIMMEL, AP Reporter


“Experiencing ABRAHAM rattles our preconceptions…. We find ourselves identifyiing with both the Israeli soldier and the Palestinian refugee, unable to demonize either.  This is no small achievement on a subject as radioactive as the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. ABRAHAM has the potential to be a force for reconciliation…”

-- JANE ADAS, VP, Americans for Middle East Understanding


“I am delighted to say that I have been following your project … I found it fascinating and so creative an idea….  As it has evolved into a film project, I find myself intrigued and overwhelmed by the courage which such an undertaking will require.  It is certainly a new dimension in the area of conflict resolution.”  

-- NASEER ARURI, (DISHONEST BROKER), Chairman, Trans-Arab Research Institute


“I was so moved by the play…it is like seeing two people trapped in a spider web, struggling to find a way out even as they know the spider will find them…. The good and wonderful things in their individual human spirits assert themselves…but the play then shows us that something more is needed to help these trapped people –and all the rest of us by association."

-- DR. BRUCE WEXLER, (BRAIN AND CULTURE), founder of A Different Future


“...like it or not, we all share in the Israeli/Palestinian struggle; it seizes space within us….  ABRAHAM draws audiences in precisely because we are terribly seized…perhaps more than we can exactly say.  Its power derives from the hands/feet and heart/soul of two compelling actors who mirror lived realities – on-the-ground, in a no-nonsense call to be healed, to let go and live. ABRAHAM is transformative; it leads where we need to go."

-- JOSEPH C. DONNELLY, UN Permanent Delegate, Caritas Internationalis