Today, the 30th of january, marks my 23rd birthday. It’s a national holiday in Jordan, and is also the birthday of the new batman Christian Bale.
Anyways, my day hasn’t been the greatest, yet i can’t complain.
Since coming back from the Sundance Film Festival, spending time with the film comission there and visiting Mr. & Mrs. Jameed, i have fallen under the weather and i have called in sick for the first time at work.
Yet i have so much optimisim in this comming year, (ان الله عيشنا) and i feel its going to mark a very important year in my life.
But before getting into all this i have to first thank my parents for putting up with me over the past 22 years. A lot has been accomplished in this year, i have graduated from college, i’m employed in a great company and most importantly a very good friendship has developed between myself, and many bloggers from Jordan Planet.
The year ahead lies with many obstacles and tasks that i need to tackle and hopefully pass. As many by now know, I am going to be co-producing and editing what we hope to be the first jordanian feature film that goes out to the world. Amin Matalqa wrote the script and will be directing, and David Pritchard ( Exec. Producer: Simpsons,Family Guy, Ben and Izzy) both of whom have been very supportive of me in the past couple of months in Los Angeles. The film is my biggest project and it could be the start of my career as a feature film editor. A lot of pressure, a lot of people to deal with, and editing in Amman is going to be interesting . ( i cant imagine how much tea, coffee and Shawerma i am going to consume)
The other project which i have been holding off on announcing until it has been confirmed, is being cast in a play to be performed at the kennedy center in Washington D.C., Walking the Winds is a Co-Production between the Performing Arts Center of the Noor Al-Hussein Foundation, and the Kennedy Center, which is considered one of the top venues in the US to perform in.
So i think things actually go back in circles and here i am going back to where my creativity started. Its going to be a very big challange, but i think I’ll be up to it.
There is so much i want to write about.
My first attempt at skiing, which i think us karakis need to stay away from and enjoy il tazaloj 3al jameed. I had a couple of falls, but i ended up going down a 8500 ft mountain. Im impressed with myself.
Sundance was great for contacts and films, but i realized i don’t opperate well in high alltitudes where oxygen is scarce ( or it could be the unormal amount of beauty that was around town). I lost 2 hats, broke the LCD of my small digital camera and zapped my cell phone as i dipped into a hot tub with it in my pocket. Way to go Laith!!!
Plus watch out for the new episode of JameedKast, which i have making it the first fully karaki podcast collaboration in history.
Life goes along and i just ask Allah to protect us all in the coming months and provide us with our needs to succeed.