Everyone has dreams, big or small, but some people live on the path of their dreams. They know exactly what they want to do and are extremely passionate about it. Salome Mulugeta is one such person. She is a beautiful, vibrant, warm-hearted person with a smile on her face and confidence in her stride. It’s just a coincidence how we met each other on the escalator at The Grove’s parking lot in L.A. 12 years ago. It was her sparkling top that got us into conversation. One thing led to another, and for the first time I heard about “Woven”, a movie she was working on.
|Salome and Ryan Spahn|
“Woven” underwent many trials and turbulence. Salome and the movie had to go through many struggles and challenges that any new filmmaker has to face. One of the major struggles was funding. Because of the passion and determination, the entire community stood by to support them. Woven had a very successful fundraising event in New York that was sponsored by “ The Lower East Side NYC”, “ MAC Cosmetics “, award-winning chef “David Burke “, “Ethiopian Airlines”, “Spur Tree”, “Marcus Samuelsson Group”, “Gem Hotel in New York“ who were among many others; most importantly friends and family. The Daily Kos featured an article with Salome, Michael Urie and Ryan Spahn about the film and the fundraiser:
As Salome mentioned, “Woven” is a story that revolves around the lives of two families, Ethiopian and American, who are interwoven around a mysterious tragic event. It’s a movie that will take you on a journey of rich culture, emotions, tragic events, and then unfold into a beautiful message.
Charles Shyer is one of the executive producers for the film. He is also known for “Private Benjamin”, “Alfie”, “Baby Boom”, “Father of the Bride”, and many others.
|Ryan O’ Nan|
|Pedro Gomez Millan|
Twelve years ago, Woven was just a story. It took determination, tenacity, the amazingly diverse, collaborative effort of a team of people who worked behind the camera, the love and support of friends and family, and a Dream to complete the film; now Woven is ready to go to film festivals.
The anticipation among people is very evident by the overwhelming response on social media. Woven drove more than 3,800 likes on its Facebook page in just few days. A sneak peak promo trailer had 27K likes on EthioTube in just one day and 11K views on Youtube in just a few days.
Feel free to like Woven’s Facebook page, YouTube video, follow them on Twitter, and leave comments.