In Hollywood, Ari Zucker is the stuff of legends, the man who always gets the impossible-to-film shots. In Cairo, however, he faces the most difficult and dangerous challenge of his career: he must photograph, from a helicopter mere feet away, the face of the imperishable Sphinx. The film depends on it. Caught in a web of intrigue and corruption, he must work with the military dictatorship to get the shot. This leads from baksheesh to blackmail and a whole lot more than Ari bargained for.
Avram adapted his own novel for the stage. Come and join us for a very special LAB Series and read excerpts from the novel and the stage adaptation to see what it takes to go from page to stage! Please stay for the book signing afterwards!
Born into a theatrical family, Avram grew up back stage and on sets. His father worked frequently with Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller. His mother, Eulalie Noble, was pregnant with him during the first production of Shakespeare in the Park. On the eve of the first public performance, she fell backwards from the second story of the set onto the stage, but Avram hung in there and waited several years to make his theatrical debut. Avram originated the role of Richard Ashleigh, in the world premiere of Eugene O’Neil’s lost play, NOW I ASK YOU, at the Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village.
Avram has produced over a dozen films including the “indie” sensation, SWINGERS, with John Favreau, Vince Vaughn and Heather Graham. He has worked frequently with director Doug Liman. Avram has shot four projects in the Middle East.
In 2006, while working on the action movie JUMPER Avram shot a helicopter shot of the Sphinx. And in 2009, for the movie FAIR GAME, Avram returned to Egypt to film in multiple locations, then filming as well in Jordan then Baghdad while wearing a bullet-proof vest to get authentic shots for the film’s Iraq locations. Avram’s experiences on those two films are basis for the story of SHOOTING THE SPHINX, his debut novel.
An avid private pilot and sailor, Avram and his friend Doug Liman rescued four people from the water after their speedboat had been run over by a ship in the middle of the night. Avram received a commendation from the commander of the New York Sector of the Coast Guard.
Avram serves on the Board of Directors of the prestigious Actors Studio in New York, the American home of Method Acting, and has helped to run the Playwright/Directors Unit there, working with writers to develop their plays. Avram’s play based on his novel, HOW TO MAKE A TERRORIST is currently being workshopped at the Actors Studio as well as a play adaptation of SHOOTING THE SPHINX.
Avram is working on several film projects: A sequel to JUMPER and ATTICA, ATTICA about the prison uprising with Oscar-winning screenwriter, Geoffrey Fletcher for Doug Liman to direct. Avram is also producing the Virtual Reality series INVISIBLE for Samsung and Conde Nast as well as THE WALL, about a Mexican standoff between Iraqi and American snipers for Amazon.
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