Based on a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, FUBAR is the story of a woman named Fuzz Littler who, after enduring nine years of abuse by an indifferent world, finally wakes up from her malaise when a new secretary gets her to go for a swim.

  • Sami Issa Mustaklem
  • Sami Issa Mustaklem
  • Clark Kosene
  • Zach Spicer
    Ms. White Light, The Good Catholic
  • Gordon Strain
    Ms. White Light, The Good Catholic
  • Alex Kosene
    Sidelines, Crotty's Kids
  • Lisa Ermel
    Key Cast
    "Fuzz Littler"
    Curing Assholes, Game Face
  • Katherine Smith-Rodden
    Key Cast
    "Francine Pefko"
    The Art of Self Defense, The World We Make
  • Lewis Black
    Key Cast
    Inside Out, Accepted, Man Of The Year
  • Jeff Grover
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Lamar Horthy"
    Miles Ahead, Galveston, Take Shelter
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    Adaptation, drama, dark comedy
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Sami Issa Mustaklem

Sami Issa Mustaklem has spent his career directing, writing and editing branded content and film with narrative focus and emotional resonance. Beginning with an incredibly emo short film undertaken while a high school student, Sami’s projects range from advertising, short film, documentary and music videos.

Sami’s advertising work includes campaigns for clients like Forevermark, Richemont, Baume et Mercier, and Stephen Webster. The Center of My Universe campaign for Forevermark, which Sami co-produced, directed and edited with his production company 3rd Strand, was shown in more than ten countries worldwide.

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Director Statement

Kurt Vonnegut has been an important artist in my life since I first read Cat’s Cradle in my youth. Growing up in Indianapolis, he was not only was a local hero, but his ability to blend honesty and optimism with sardonic wit shaped my world view and helped me navigate life as a Palestinian growing up in Indianapolis. Now, with my first film, I consider myself outrageously lucky to be able to add something to his work with an adaptation of a story from early in his career.

We shot in June of 2019 and have worked very hard to get the film into the shape it is in now. To get it to you in time for consideration, however, we were unable to do final color correction. If granted entry, we will provide a finished picture in time for the festival.

Thank you for your consideration and I hope you enjoy the film as much as I enjoyed making it.