Sinjar:Valley of the Shadow – Behind the Scenes with Director Adam Dufour

Andy’s Rainbow  totally caught me off guard. I knew it was a first film for Amor-Domini  so I came in with pretty low expectations. However, I was quite impressed with their first effort. They’re now getting ready to premiere their second feature film, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve done.

In 2014, two people were rescued from the border of Syria, presumed to be victims of ISIS terrorists. Sinjar: Valley of the Shadow is their story. Director Adam Dufour gives us a glimpse into the making of their ambitious project.

What was the inspiration for this movie?

The inspiration for the movie came from my friend, and lead writer of the script T. L. Bridger, and his experiences in the Middle East.

What was the greatest challenge that you faced with the making of this movie?

Filming a movie where 90 percent of it takes place in the Middle East was extremely challenging. Although we did film on locations from the western United States to locations all the way over in Central Asia, we filmed the majority of it right here in Indiana.  We had to do massive amounts of set dressing, and well as building sets from scratch.  We were very blessed to be given access to some very critical locations, without which filming would have been much more difficult or even impossible.

What was the greatest challenge that you faced with the making of this movie?

There was actually hardly anything that wasn’t challenging, but a few things were particularly huge challenges.  There’s a scene when people are rescued by an army helicopter that was very difficult (but turned out great), but the big challenge overall was making a movie that accurately depicts the evil and violence that has gone on in the Middle East without making it too raw for the average family audience. It’s a very fine line to walk as a director.  And, although due to some disturbing elements, it’s definitely not your average Christian movie, it’s also not senselessly graphic.

What do you hope that audiences will get out of the story?

We hope that audiences will be deeply moved by the powerful message that no one is to awful to repent and be saved by God’s immeasurable grace.

Tell us about your premiere.

We will be premiering the movie at the Village 8 theaters in Louisville Kentucky on Friday, January the 5th at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available online at: www.amordomini.com

When will it be available to the rest of the country?

Hopefully very soon after the premiere. We already have a very promising offer from a distributor, and hopefully will be able to announce a release date by the time of the premiere.

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Author: Sharon Wilharm

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker with over a decade of industry experience. She and her husband, Fred, just released SUMMER OF '67, their seventh feature film. Their movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe as well as multiple television networks. They've accumulated dozens of festival accolades including many Best of Fest awards and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. Sharon is passionate about visual storytelling, branding, and marketing and would love to speak at your upcoming event.

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