ZERO HOUR (proof of concept)

  • Ali Ahmed
    Director
    Buried & Forgotten
  • Ali Ahmed
    Writer
  • Ali Ahmed
    Producer
  • Ali Ahmed
    Key Cast
    "Idris"
  • Tyler Clinton
    Key Cast
    "Wallace Wank"
  • Cruz Cordero
    Key Cast
    "Sergeant Lopez"
  • Damian Thompson
    Key Cast
    "Eddie"
    Wedding Season (Netflix)
  • Olivia Freer
    Key Cast
    "Mira"
  • Brendan McGowan
    Director of Photography
    Buried & Forgotten
  • David Shaw
    Editor
  • David Shaw
    Sound
    Buried & Forgotten
  • Nicholas Escobar
    Composer
    Buried & Forgotten
  • Laszlo Andacs
    Aerial Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 21, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    11,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Ali Ahmed

A University of Pennsylvania and Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre graduate, Ali began his career working at talent agency ICM Partners. As a dramaturg-screenwriter-actor-filmmaker, he’s worn numerous hats on all of his projects consistently over the years. He’s met with Netflix in the past regarding his feature film screenplay work. His last short film, Buried & Forgotten, won accolades at prestigious film festivals across the country, including a Best Actor Award from the New York Women in Film & TV Shorts Festival (NYWIFT). He’s also a licensed skydiver and pilot. He's represented by WEG Talent.

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Director Statement

What if you’d sold your soul, but could redeem yourself? What if you were overwhelmed by despair, but could prove to yourself that you are capable? What if you were the only who could make things right, but knew it could cost you your life? Would you take that leap of faith?

Zero Hour is the story of an undercover cop in NYC. After having been undercover for a long time, things go south. Now, this man is racing to beat a ticking clock and to plant a bug on a dangerous druglord’s plane, so he can make things right and end this mission once and for all. Zero Hour explores common themes of redemption and resurrection, but in a way that is fresh and exciting!

Zero Hour has a unique tone. It is gritty and suspenseful, fun and engaging, and dark and irreverent all at the same time. The story climaxes with a skydiving action stunt sequence that was shot 100% practically with absolutely no CGI or VFX whatsoever!

This is Ali Ahmed's second short film as a director and producer. Despite the fact that we were working with an extremely low budget, you’ll be taken on a totally exhilarating storytelling experience. Ultimately, this short film is meant to also serve as a proof of concept, so the story world, characters, and plot are just a sneak peak for a lot more!