Paris Song Directed
Jeff Vespa Kazakhstan, Latvia, USA / 2018 / 90 minutes North American Premiere
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Upstate Films I RHINEBECK
Based on a true story, a small-town Kazakh singer, Amre Kashaubayev, journeys to Paris to compete in an international singing competition at the 1925 Paris Expo. He meets American songwriter George Gershwin forming a beautiful and unlikely friendship. While Amre’s talent for singing opens up an exciting new world outside Kazakhstan, he is forced to choose between following his singing career and remaining loyal to his home country.
Jeff Vespa is one of the co-founders of the entertainment photo agency WireImage. His photography has been featured in numerous publications including Vanity Fair, New York Times, Vogue. In 2018, Vespa directed his first feature film entitled Paris Song starring Abbie Cornish. He also directed the short film Nosebleed starring David Arquette which screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Critics Week. Vespa’s producing credits include the documentary $ellebrity which focuses on the history of publicity, gossip and paparazzi in Hollywood. He also produced three films for the fine art photographer Alex Prager, her short films Despair and Face in the Crowd screened at the Museum of Modern Art. Vespa previously worked at New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. He attended the Master’s Program for Producing at the American Film Institute.
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