Cherien Dabis has new firm, global aim

'Amreeka' director forms production company

CANNES -- "Amreeka" director Cherien Dabis is taking a trip around the globe.

The helmer has formed a production entity called Levantine Entertainment aimed at developing and producing socially conscious films with global settings and themes.

The Middle East would be a particular specialty, she said via her agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, which along with reps Jodi Peikoff and Dan Halsted brokered the deal. Funding will come from the same private source that financed "Amreeka."

Dabis' films also will go through the banner.

"Amreeka" was well received at the Sundance Film Festival and subsequently acquired by National Geographic for theatrical distribution. The film, which she wrote and directed, takes a light but serious look at a Palestinian single mother and her son who settle with family in rural Illinois.

The film played the Directors' Fortnight on Tuesday.