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July 25, 2017

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UNDERGROUND DREAM & PRODUCERS TO HOST Q&A AFTER BEYOND THE BOMBS SCREENING AT NEW HOPE FILM FESTIVAL

 The music documentary “Beyond the Bombs”, an official selection of this year’s New Hope Film Festival will hold its Pennsylvania premiere on July 27th at 7:00PM at the New Hope Arts Center. Band members Behzad Khakbaz, Mohammad Kazemi and music producer Paul Lewis will hold a Q&A after the screening along with the film’s producers. All ticket holders will also receive a free Underground Dream CD that was created during the making of the film.

The film follows three Iranian musicians from hiding underground performing in Tehran to Los Angeles as they pursue their dream of performing despite their country’s ban on metal music. “We are looking forward to the Pennsylvania premiere of our film at NHFF, the festival’s attention to cutting edge subjects and new filmmakers made it a perfect forum for us to be able to connect with an audience and give the band and producer a chance to discuss the journey. The fact that the musicians risked their lives to pursue freedom and their dream of performing metal music ended up landing them here just goes to show that anything is possible if you believe enough in it.” states Michel Grey, one of the film’s producers.

Beyond the Bombs is directed by Los Angeles director Robert Kraetsch and stars the band Underground Dream along with songwriter/music producer Paul Lewis and includes cameos from LA musicians including Duff McKagen from Guns & Roses. “Music can break through borders.” says lead singer/songwriter Behzad Khakbaz.  The documentary was filmed in both Tehran, Iran and Los Angeles, CA beginning in 2012 during US sanction on Iran. Music producer Paul Lewis stated, “You can feel their souls in the music, I think it connects with people because there are of these emotions right on the surface. All of the years of holding back came pouring out into the music and see, feel and hear that in the film.”

Tickets are on sale now via the festival’s website and ticketing site at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2969486 Listed under the Punk and Metal event. To keep up with the latest updates you can visit the film’s official site at www.beyondthebombs.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram at /beyondthebombs. The film’s soundtrack is available on all digital and streaming sites and all ticketholders will receive a free Underground Dream CD at the screening.

The festival’s core mission is to discover and nurture independent filmmakers. With the exception of special events, this film festival is a competition with strict rules: festival organizers do not invite films into the festival, offer fee waivers, allow personal pitches from filmmakers, distributors and/or their agents, or sanction any other practices they consider preferential treatment. All films are treated equally in the process, which begins by submitting through Withoutabox.com. Furthermore, content produced by festival organizers is never accepted at the festival, even at special events. This highly prestigious, IMDb qualifying festival is especially renowned for the quality of its lineup. To find out more about the festival visit https://www.newhopefilmfestival.com/

Realize Productions LLC, an independent production company assembled from creative and business entertainment industry professionals with a common goal of producing quality, thought-provoking, cause-driven entertainment properties such as films and television.

FOR LOCAL PRESS INQUIRIES/INTERVIEWS, CONTACT MICHEL@REALIZESTUDIOS.COM OR CALL 302.376.8097

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May 15th 2017 

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IRANIAN MUSICIAN DOCUMENTARY BEYOND THE BOMBS DEBUTS WORLDWIDE PREMIERE AT HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

Realize Productions announced today their documentary “Beyond the Bombs” will hold its world premiere on May 22nd at 4:00PM as an official selection of the 2017 Hoboken International Film Festival. The film follows three Iranian musicians from hiding underground in Tehran to Los Angeles as they pursue their dream of performing despite their country’s ban on metal music. The screening will take place at Thomas P Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, New York. All ticket holders will receive a limited edition copy of the Underground Dream CD that was created during the making of the film. The film’s producers, band members and music producer will attend the film’s premiere.  A Q&A is expected after the screening. 

“We are very excited to have the privilege to premiere our film at HIFF, the festival’s diversity and edge is a perfect fit. The fact that the musicians risked their lives to pursue freedom and their dream of metal music landed them here just goes to show that anything is possible if you believe enough in it.” States producer Michel Grey. The film is directed by Los Angeles director Robert Kraetsch and stars Iranian musicians Behzad Khakbaz, Amirali Khosravani, and Ali Reza along with Songwriter/Producer Paul Lewis and includes cameos from LA musicians including Duff McKagen from Guns & Roses. “Music can break through borders.” says lead singer/songwriter Behzad Khakbaz.  The documentary was filmed in both Tehran, Iran and Los Angeles, CA beginning in 2012. Music producer Paul Lewis stated, “It was an enlightening and inspiring journey that I took with this group of talented gentlemen from another part of the world. We are still taking it together. Grateful that we are getting to share this with the world.”

Tickets are on sale now via the festival’s website http://www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/2017-buy-tickets/ To keep up with the latest updates you can visit the film’s official site at www.beyondthebombs.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram at /beyondthebombs. The film’s soundtrack is available on all digital and streaming sites.

 Hoboken International Film Festival (“HIFF”) is dedicated to showcasing and promoting fine non-studio films, TV pilots, and screenplays from filmmakers throughout the United States and internationally. Now in its 12th year, Hoboken International Film Festival (“HIFF”) – called by FOX, Time Warner and other major media “One of the 10 Biggest Film Festivals in the World – is being held May 19 – 25, 2017 at the breathtaking lakeside beach at Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park and other locations in Greenwood Lake, New York.

 Realize Productions LLC, an independent production company assembled from creative and business entertainment industry professionals with a common goal of producing quality, thought-provoking, cause-driven entertainment properties such as films and television.

FOR LOCAL PRESS INQUIRIES/INTERVIEWS, CONTACT ALYSIA@REALIZESTUDIOS.COM OR CALL 302.345.0455

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