September 25, 2018

DV film “Toppled” Now Online

Back in 2016, UAT’s Digital Video Program teamed up with repeat collaborator Ayman Samman to produce a short film inspired by the “Arab Spring,” called “Toppled.” Samman, who starred in UAT productions such as “Parallax” and “Red Sand” before landing a plum role in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, was inspired to write “Toppled” after a scary brush with the chaos of the Arab Spring in his home country of Egypt. Seeing his homeland erupt into turmoil and being evacuated by the US State Department, followed by what looked to be truly democratic elections in Egypt being undermined by military dictatorship inspired Samman to write the story of a dictator on the run as his country revolts against his rule.

Working with our regular casting directors at Good Faith Casting, Samman and Professor Paul DeNigris cast veteran actor Tony Amendola (The Mask of Zorro, Stargate SG-1, Once Upon a Time) as the fleeing dictator to play opposite Samman as his last loyal bodyguard. What results is a timely look at how the dream of democracy dies under the boot heel of ruthless power. Enjoy here, or click through to YouTube and watch it in “2160p” also known as “UltraHD.”

More UAT Tech Blog coverage of “Toppled” –

Behind the Scenes of UATDV’s “Toppled”

UAT Digital Video Casts Actor Tony Amendola in New Film, “Toppled”

UATDV at Phoenix Film Festival 2017


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