SAN JOSE, SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Wednesday January 25 - Michael Wolfe wouldn't be the first person you'd think would convert to Islam. You see, his father is Jewish. His mom, Christian. But Wolfe didn't stop there. Today he's one of Islam's biggest proponents in the West.
And he's headed to The Tech Museum Sunday, January 29 to help shine a very bright light on a religion increasingly perceived as deceivingly dark. Wolfe, poet, author, and President and Executive Producer of Unity Productions Foundation, will host the Bay Area premiere of his new film Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history.
"American Muslims are just emerging from a terrible period of stereotyping based on fear rather than facts," said Wolfe, a frequent lecturer on Islamic issues at universities across the United States including Harvard, Georgetown, Stanford, SUNY Buffalo, and Princeton. "It seems a shame that many people remain convinced that all Islam has provided the world in the last 60 years is Al-Qaeda."
The 95-minute film presents viewers with several themes representing the art and architecture of the Islamic World. Narrated by Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, the film was three years in the making. For the trailer, click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6sPN8Gixmk
Wolfe co-founded the Unity Productions Foundation, through which he produces films and spreads the message about the importance of portraying Muslims accurately in the entertainment and media industry. With UPF's film
series, much as he has done with his writings, Wolfe hopes to change American perceptions of Islam.
In addition to authoring several books on the subject, Wolfe is best known for his Emmy-nominated special in which he took viewers of ABC News Nightline on a first-person account of The Hajj, a sacred pilgrimage required at least once for all practicing Muslims. Wolfe gained unprecedented access, becoming the first journalist to take cameras inside the important pillar of Islam.
Guests are invited to enjoy the free exhibition Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Screening starts at 3:00 p.m. (The film will be shown in New Venture Hall.
Members pay $5; non-members $10)
Reception 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
* Eds: Photo and interview ops for Wolfe are welcome
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