Established Bay Area filmmaker directs thought provoking film about economic inequality in the United States.
BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The United States has just faced the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, so what happens when a growing economic inequality in America bears heavily on its people? A new short film directed by Celik Kayalar, featuring Noam Chomsky in his first non-documentary film, and the veteran film and tv actor Carl Lumbly, titled 99%, asks viewers to contemplate that very question.
99% comes on the heels of an economic crisis where many Americans found themselves laid off, losing homes and investments, offering hope to these people in the form of Anne Page, a struggling young school teacher, searching for answers of her own. Occupy Movement looms large as the backdrop of the film.
“This film is by the people, for ALL the people,” said Kayalar, who wrote 99% because of the strong, thought provoking message it sends viewers, but also urges audiences to keep an open mind and develop individual opinions. “We are all Anne Page.”
Audiences can currently view 99% on YouTube for free. More information about the film, and links to other social media sites can be found on the website at www.the99percentmovie.com.
About Celik Kayalar:
Note on the name pronunciation: “Celik” is pronounced like cello, “Chell-Lick” and “Kayalar” is pronounced like kite “Ki-a-Lar”
Celik Kayalar, PhD. is the Founder and Director of Film Acting Bay Area (FABA), a comprehensive film acting and directing school. Kayalar writes, directs and produces independent films and plays. His last short-film “The Valiant” has been playing at various festivals, nationally. His recent feature-length film “Moonlight Sonata” which he wrote, directed in 2009 has so far screened at 13 festivals (US and International) and won 4 prestigious awards.
Originally trained as a scientist, Kayalar’s PhD thesis in bioenergetics is credited with helping his mentor Prof. Paul D. Boyer of UCLA win the Nobel Prize in 1997. Kayalar met Noam Chomsky in 1977 at MIT while working as a postdoctoral research associate with the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Salvador E. Luria, in the Biology Department (From www.the99percentmovie.com).
About Noam Chomsky:
Noam Chomsky, PhD. is a US political theorist and activist, and institute professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Besides his work in linguistics, Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today.
Chomsky continues to be an unapologetic critic of both American foreign policy and its ambitions for geopolitical hegemony and the neoliberal turn of global capitalism, which he identifies in terms of class warfare waged from above against the needs and interests of the great majority. (From www.chomsky.info).
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