World Premiere of "American Caravan" at Beverly Hills Film Festival Opening Night

(Left to right) "American Caravan" co-director Shawn Thompson with cast members Adrienne Rusk, Justin Henry and Alex Liiv, and producer/director Jerome Gary.

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, "American Caravan," a documentary directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-nominated producer/director Jerome Gary—featuring six young Americans and their journey across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring—celebrated its World Premiere at the 15th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival.  The event was held at the Paley Media Center in Beverly Hill, California.

The documentary is driven by the Americans’ quest to meet and be inspired by Arab youth who started the Revolution.  What starts out as an exercise in diplomacy quickly turns into life changing experiences as Chris, Justin, Adrienne, Miranda, Alix and Dawan travel through Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman and the United Arab Emirates—learning what it means to become a Citizen of the World.  

With the Middle East so prominently in the media and the Occupy movement increasing across the Globe, the bigger message rings loud—that the next generation is inheriting the world, and if they don’t like what they see, they change it.

“American Caravan” is a Visionaire Media production in association with Layalina Productions.  It is created and directed by Academy Award-nominated and multiple Emmy Award-nominated producer Jerome Gary, and executive produced by Jerome Gary and Leon Shahabian, Layalina’s President. 

The annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival was founded in 2001 by award-winning independent filmmaker Nino Simone.  The 15th annual event, taking place from April 29 – May 3, 2015, at the Paley Media Center(465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills), is dedicated to showcasing and promoting non-studio films to the entertainment industry.  Designed to bridge the world of premiere independent cinema with the renowned community of Beverly Hills, the festival hosts world-class screenings, networking events and industry seminars. 

Tickets are available on the fest site or by calling the BHFF office at 310-779-1206.  Prices range from $14.00 per screening to $285.00 for the Awards Gala.  Screening Passes ($150.00) and VIP Festival Passes ($560.00) are also available.  For a complete 2015 festival line-up, schedule and pricing, please visit

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