‘After Freedom’ Now on DVD

GLENDALE Winner of the Audience Award at MethodFest, writer/director Vahe Babaian’s independent feature film After Freedom has been released by Vanguard Cinema on DVD and available at major retailers. After Freedom is produced by Eric Sherman (Peabody Award Winner for Broadcasting, PBS series, Futures With Jaime Escalante; and author of four books, including Directing The Film). Berj Beramian (also the co-producer) and Sophie Chahinian are t he executive producers. Gary Meek is the director of photography and Howard Heard is the editor. The release of After Freedom comes after a limited run in selected theaters and Festivals, says Freyr Thor CEO of Vanguard Cinema. "Freedom is exactly the kind of quality indie we are proud to present; unique in its perspective while appealing to experiences most people relate to."Heartfelt, sensitive and always entertaining, After Freedom is a compassionate and moving portrait of a community; its hopes, dreams, disappointmen’s and small triumphs," said Oscar nominated director Atom Egoyan "I was impressed with After Freedom. It seems unlikely to find a film in the Mean Streets genre that actually owes more to reality than to other movies. There was an existential urgency and truth to it that stuck with me," commented director Wim Wenders Los Angeles Times writer Kevin Thomas called After Freedom "… taut, well-wrought drama… engrossing…" Variety’s Todd McCarthy wrote: "… a heartfelt… honest… feature from LA-based American-Armenian filmmaker Vahe Babaian… expressing the cultural dislocations and conflicting emotional deman’s… sets off unusual cultural fissions, and the dramatic urgency is happily unencumbered by an artificial sense of desperation." After Freedom was official selection in Avignon and was also at Montreal film festivals and as well as the Audience Award Winner at MethodFest where it was the first film ever to sell out three screenings.

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