BREAKING FAST is a romantic comedy that follows Mo, an Arab-American, Muslim man learning how to navigate life post-heartbreak in West Hollywood, CA. Enter Kal, a sweet All-American guy who surprises Mo by offering to break fast with him during the month of Ramadan. As they learn more about each other, they fall in love over what they have in common and what they don't.
The genesis of the feature film came about from overwhelming positive response to the short film of the same name from writer/director Mike Mosallam. The short film was lucky enough to screen at renowned film festivals such as Cannes, Inside Out, Newport, Boston and many more. The full-length feature is preparing for a promising festival run (Inshallah), and aims to be the first of its kind to feature a practicing Muslim character who is gay and not dealing with those two things in conflict, but rather, in harmony.
"My intention is to tell a story that speaks to the nuances of daily life and treats identity: religious, sexual, gender and otherwise, as harmonious lenses by which individuals interact with the world."
- Writer/Director Mike Mosallam
Writer / Director
MIKE MOSALLAM is a producer, director, writer for the theatre, film and television. Through his production company, Mike Mosallam Productions (www.watchmmp.com), he and his team produced short films: "Breaking Fast" (Cannes Film Festival) and "Brothers" (8-time Jury & Audience Award Winner), both directed by Mike, along with the upcoming "Ubuntu." He is currently in post-production on his feature film, "Breaking Fast" (based on the short), which is set for completion in 2019. He is the creator and Co-Executive-Producer of the critically-acclaimed TLC series, "All-American Muslim." On the theatre side, Mike has produced and directed more than 100 theatrical productions from large-scale musicals, intimate cabaret settings, plays, concerts, and multi-media theatrical events. After eight years in New York / Los Angeles, Mike returned to Michigan in 2009 to head a new initiative, the Wayne County Film Office, and helped attract more than 70 titles to the metro Detroit area. Since January 2012, he has worked in production planning and development for Sunset Studios and Netflix Studios, and he currently serves at the Vice President of Production Development for DGMT, a company that develops and manages film and tv studios globally.
Seth Hauer currently works in development at Alan Poul’s company Boku Films. He most recently wrapped Season 6 of the Emmy-winning show “Girls.” Prior to HBO, he worked for MGM, coordinating production on the studio side for shows such as “Teen Wolf” and “Vikings.” Prominent in Hauer’s other TV work was his involvement in “Codes of Conduct,” a HBO six-hour limited series helmed by Academy Award winner Steve McQueen, as well as his development in the “Tales of the City” reboot for Netflix. He was an Associate Producer on HBO’s “Looking,” which was recognized by GLAAD, GALECA, and won a NewNowNext Award.
Sarah Bazzi is a Lebanese-American film and television producer whose work has appeared at Court Métrage at the Cannes Film Festival, InsideOut: Toronto, the Arab Film Festival and more. Sarah spent the last year at ABC Television where she worked on the alphabet network’s Digital Originals initiative, helping build their free video-streaming platform, ABCd. Early in her career, she worked on Season 2 of FX’s “The Bridge” and spent two years as a Production Coordinator at Film LA, where she oversaw the on-location production of shows such as “Major Crimes,” “The League” and ABC’s “Modern Family” on behalf of the city. Drawn to stories that help lend a voice to marginalized and underrepresented characters, she hopes to foster space by which to redefine the idea of the contemporary Muslim woman.
Bay spent his early years working in front of the camera before transitioning to producing. After producing several short films, in 2012 he co-produced his first feature “Pretty Perfect” starring Sarah Sutherland (Veep), and “Christopher McDonald” (Happy Gilmore, Requiem for a Dream). Bay partnered with Oliver Thompson to form Minutehand Pictures in 2014, producing their first feature “Welcome to Happiness,” which has an ensemble cast including Kyle Gallner (American Sniper, Dear White People), Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), and Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under, American Horror Story). Welcome to Happiness is an award- winning festival hit and was released theatrically by FilmBuff / Orion in 2016. He recently produced the YouTube Originals pilot “I’m Poppy,” which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and features internet sensation Poppy, and the documentary feature “Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes,” which focuses on the friendship between Muhammad Ali and talk show icon Dick Cavett. It premiered at SXSW 2018 and was acquired by HBO Films.
Alex Lampsos spent the majority of his life immersed in cultural discovery as his family expanded horizons in various parts of the world. An honors graduate of the New York Film Academy, Alex launched his career at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in Industry Relations. Since his move to Los Angeles, he produced over 40 films, commercials and music videos resulting in 100+ festival selections and awards, including Netflix’s “Cherry Pop” and the “Iron Man MK50 Robot” commercial for Marvel / Disney / Sony / Ubtech. On the music video front, Alex has produced for numerous top-tier “Rupaul's Drag Race” stars with millions of views on YouTube. His work has been featured in Forbes Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Billboard, Paper Magazine, Out, The Advocate, Movie Maker Magazine and more.
Director of photography
As adept at leading a hundred-person crew through the monsoon-soaked jungles of South East Asia as she is at cultivating an intimate atmosphere on a three-person documentary shoot, Anka is equally at home behind the lens of a multi-million dollar blockbuster as she is on an indie guerilla shoot. Anka has traversed the globe photographing feature films & documentaries over the past decade: from National Geographic's “Most Amazing Photos” television series to Walden Media's “Dear Dumb Diary,” to Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here.” Her work is bold and diverse. Her collaborators include directors: Rose MacGowen, Kristin Hangii, Tim Hunter, Michael Ghondry, James Chressanthis ASC and many more. Anka wrapped production on “Little Women,” starring Leah Thompson and Sara Davenport, recently and travelled to Thailand to photograph Mei Chi, Buddhist nun and living saint of Thailand. Anka is an advocate for women in working in the industry, she coaches and counsels up and comers through her teaching platform Fearless Film; which she co-founded with DGA Director Liz Hinlein.
Mike Hugo is a film editor based out of Los Angeles. Most recently, he was Assistant Editor on the critically acclaimed and award winning film The Florida Project. He has edited features, shorts and documentaries including Queen of the Desert, SPF-18, Mad Genius, Sins of the Father, To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story, Atlas Shrugged III and Rivers 9 . Along with commercial and web campaigns for the United States Marine Corps., Columbia Bank, and the United States Virgin Islands. Mike grew up in the Bay Area and taught himself how to edit by cutting skate films. He went on to study film at the University of California Santa Barbara where he learned that his natural technical abilities and finesse make him an asset in the edit bay…as long as there is coffee.
Mike is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
Born and raised in Lebanon, Haaz Sleiman moved to the United States when he was twenty-one years old, where he developed a love for acting in film, television, and theater.
In 2006, Sleiman portrayed an American soldier in Iraq on the NBC series ER and, that same year, had a recurring role as an Arab billionaire in the CBS series Company Town. He portrayed the terrorist suspect Heydar in three 2007 episodes of the FOX series 24 and appeared on both NCIS and Veronica Mars in 2007. He co-starred as Tarek, an undocumented Syrian immigrant in the critically acclaimed 2007 independent film The Visitor, a drama directed by Tom McCarthy. The film was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award. Since then, Sleiman has been immersed in various projects including Nurse Jackie, The Promise, Nikita, The State and more.
Michael Cassidy has graced the television and cinema screens for decades, perhaps most known for his roles in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Argo and Smallville.
Cassidy played Zach Stevens throughout the second season of the television series The O.C., and Cliff Wiatt in The CW television program, Hidden Palms. Cassidy joined the cast of Smallville shortly after, in the series' seventh season, starring as the new editor of the Daily Planet, Grant Gabriel, a love interest of Lois Lane. Cassidy later returned to the Superman franchise portraying Jimmy Olsen in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He played Charlie Hogan in the first fourteen episodes of the television show Privileged, and portrayed Tyler Mitchell on the TBS show Men at Work for 3 seasons. Cassidy also had roles in the film Argo, and in The Guilt Trip.