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UPDATE: Casting for The Interpreter Film Underway

[fa icon="calendar'] May 24, 2017 5:30:00 AM / by Katharine Allen posted in Afghanistan, interpreters, The Interpreter Film, SIV Program, iraq

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Many of you will remember our campaign from 2015 to help fund the making of "The Interpreter," a movie that will focus on the Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who served for the Allied Forces and who were promised visas to the United States (and many other countries) in exchange for their service. Our campaign to help fund the film was ultimately successful. The many individual interpreters and language services companies who donated to the Kickstarter campaign were crucial to the project reaching its goal. 

That was in 2015. Now, almost two years later, filming is finally about to begin! Casting is underway and as soon as that is finalized, filming should begin this summer.

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The Interpreter Film Nominated for Indiewire Project of the Year: Vote Now!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2016 2:10:18 PM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in conflict zone interpreting, The Interpreter Film, Interpreter

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15 January 2016 Voting update: Thank you to all who took the time to vote for The Interpreter film project as 2015 Indiewire project of the year. The competition was stiff and the project finished 5th out of 12. Not bad at all. The good news is production of the film is moving forward and there will be many other opportunities to promote this film and the important issue it addresses. 

Go to Indiewire to See Vote Results

Back in August 2015, YOU (individual interpreters and language service companies) flexed your muscles and opened your wallets to help make The Interpreter a reality by supporting the film’s KickStarter campaign. Because of your support, the project was able to garner over $27k in initial funding to make it a reality. Production is now scheduled for May and June 2016. More production updates below.

Now we have even more great news. The Interpreter film has been nominated for 2015 Indiewire project of the year, along with 11 other projects. The winner of this prestigious award will be given a spot at the Tribeca Film Institute's Filmmaker and Industry Meetings at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. About the possibility, Director Robert Ham said, “Getting this issue in front of big film industry folks at such a prestigious film festival like Tribeca would be amazing for our film, but more importantly, it would draw greater attention to the interpreters that we have left behind.”

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We Did It! "The Interpreter" Garners Minimum $20k to Begin Production

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in conflict zones, Afghanistan, interpreters, The Interpreter Film

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Wow, what a great way to start off the week! Four days before the close of the Kickstarter campaign to fund “The Interpreter,” we reached our goal of $20k, making the campaign a success. Monday saw almost $2k in contributions alone. One thing is clear, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the amazing support from the interpreting community in the United States and around the world. Together with other supporters, you rose to the challenge, and we are grateful.
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