AWI Short Film Competition

Way Up, Way Down

Sam was the perfect student, when suddenly his life went off the rails. Through a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, he found the way between the highs and lows.


Content heads up: discussion of bipolar disorder and medication management

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Director: Nader Ibrahim, Jay Farnie

Born and raised in Houston, TX, Nader Ibrahim has always had a great passion for telling stories through the lens of a camera. After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Radio-TV-Film, Nader has maintained a strong purpose in using his artistic crafts to help nourish the lives of the people around him. Whether it be directing a documentary on mental health or creating his own music about the struggles and beauty of life, Nader has always believed that the greatest thing that any human can do is be true to their heart. By doing that, he believes that one may be able to keep growing in whatever craft one chooses to pursue, and be able to tap into one's unlimited creative potential. Currently, Nader is residing back in Houston, TX and his working on finishing his second home-produced music album under the name 'Nader and the Trees'. For now, he has taken up two part time jobs as cameraman for PBS, while also teaching chess at elementary schools. His greater plan though is to continue creating films and music, while telling meaningful stories through his artistic crafts. With the goal to remove social stigma through art, Jay Farnie left his hometown of Houston, Texas for Los Angeles, California. Currently working at Abso Lutely Productions, Jay continues to further his purpose, making both challenging dramatic and comedic content in the realm of short films, sketch comedy, and music videos.

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