17th Annual Filmi!
Filmi Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival Celebrating 17 Years!
December 2nd – December 3rd, 2016
7:30PM Shorts Programme
Friday, September 27th, 2013
FINDING TALIB BY SHAWN AHMED AND SCOTT LEAVER
Finding Talib is the first of a series of comedic, ten minute shorts that explore the origins of religious extremism in a Western, middle-class man. Talib is a twenty-two-year-old, Caucasian man. As a baby he was adopted by parents who immigrated to Canada from Pakistan. Moderate Muslims, Talib’s parents have become worried that their adopted son’s beliefs are becoming too extreme and ask him to explore his past, hoping he will find new perspectives on religion and life. With his adopted brother Sid at his side,Talib sets off on a journey of self-discovery as he seeks out the family that gave him up for adoption and explores other faiths and lifestyles.
Shawn Ahmed (Director/Actor/Writer)
Finding Talib is Shawn Ahmed’s first crack at directing! He has been Acting, Writing and Producing in Toronto for over a decade. He was the co-creator of the popular sketch comedy troupe Fade to Brown. Within four years the troupe made it’s way onto dozens of stages across the GTA, including a sold out production of their sketch comedy musical, Brown Side Story, at The Panasonic Theatre. The comedy troupe went on to create a half-hour T.V. special that continues to air on OMNI TV. Shawn has received rave reviews for his supporting roles in the horror film Saw VI and the Emmy Award winning docu-drama,Flight 93. Shawn teamed up with his good friend Scott Leaver two years ago to form Crazy Shirt Productions. Their first project, a TV pilot titled Paranormal Investigators, is currently in development for a series.
Film and Television credits include: Saw VI, Flight 93, The Tracey Fragments, The Ron James Show, The Line, Unbury the Biscuit, Fade to Brown, Secret Miracle, Drone, The Method, Soul Food.
Scott Leaver (Actor/Writer)
A Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated actor, Scott has been working as an actor and writer across Ontario for the past six years. Scott’s most recent film work has included Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Omni on the television and web seriesTeam Epic (PLP / BiteTV), appearances for SPACE CHANNEL, and on the series Ghostly Encounters. As a playwright,Scott has worked with several Canadian organizations including Next Stage Festival, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Scriptlab of Canada and the Canadian Musical Theatre Festival. Scott is a graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts where he received his College Diploma in the Performing Arts. Scott co-founded Crazy Shirt Productions with Shawn Ahmed two years ago. Their first television pilot, a half-hour comedy titled Paranormal Investigators, is currently in development for a series.