Many hundreds of films were submitted to Austin Indie Fest from over 30 countries and from every continent except Antarctica, and the choice of the 17 judges was Junes Zahdi for his portrayal of Abdul Latif Hassan in My Stretch of Texas Ground.
Junes also won Best Actor at the World Premiere Film Awards in Los Angeles.
It is very doubtful that any other actor was cinematically large enough, and possessed all the skills needed (language, martial arts, etc. ) to bring this enormous character to life. Hence, we were extremely lucky to get Junes Zahdi. And, it is something that he did because he was motivated by the message of the film. Thank you, Junes.
Jeff gave us a uniquely noble and exemplary lawman as Sheriff Joe Haladin, right up there with the great screen lawmen of old, and that has to be why he won. But, Jeff insisted that we credit the actors who played off him and gave him support, which includes his arch adversary Abdul Latif Hassan played by Junes Zahdi, his wife Carrie played by Hailley Lauren, his son Tommy played by Caleb Duane, his daughter Becky played by Marie-Claire Huff, his top deputies Butch and Nelson played by Jeremy Stein and Christian Stokes, respectively, and his combatants Namir and Malik, played by Tarek Zohdy and Siya Ameen. Jeff had great screen chemistry with all these actors.
Thank you,, Jeff, for fulfilling our every expectation for Sheriff Joe. Haladin.
Photo credit to Nick Berard.
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Terrorists descend on a small Texas town to assassinate a visiting Senator, but standing in their way is the town's very capable sheriff, Joe Haladin. But, this is no Captain America story. It's not like an old Western. Two formidable men are going to collide over the life of the Senator, but there is more to the story than that. This movie has a message about war and terrorism, and it will clutch at you as much as the inevitable clash between two indomitable men.
Starring as Sheriff Joe Haladin is Jeff Weber, an actor from Austin who is also a singer/songwriter, a published author, and a former rodeo cowboy. Playing the lead warrior Abdul Latif Hassan is Junes Zahdi, a classically trained and multilingual actor, originally from Morocco, The very popular and versatile Texas actor Mike Gassaway stars as Senator Harlan Cruthers, and actress/dancer/costume designer Hailley Lauren, also from Austin, stars as Carrie, the sheriff's wife. This film was directed by Erich Kemp, written by Ralph Cinque, and produced by Jason Ninness.
My Stretch of Texas Ground was filmed the summer of 2018 in Bastrop County, Texas with the exception of two scenes shot in Los Angeles and one scene that was filmed at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. It was released in May 2019. For more information, you may contact Ralph Cinque at: email@example.com.
Held at the storied Alamo Drafthouse theater, the January 15, 2019 Austin premiere of My Stretch of Texas Ground was a grand celebration of our accomplishment. See images below.
Below are photos from our L.A. premiere, held the evening of February 22, 2019 at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.