Omar Amanat : Top Ten Most Influential Technologist

Sep 23, 15 Omar Amanat : Top Ten Most Influential Technologist

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Named one of Wall Street’s “Top Ten Most Influential Technologists” by Fortune Magazine, Mr. Amanat is responsible for several important developments in the electronic brokerage industry. His company, Tradescape, was the first to provide investors a direct relationship to all nine Electronic Communications Networks and alternative stock exchanges. Tradescape quickly became an industry leader that processed over 10% of NASDAQ’s daily trading volume. By age 29, Mr. Amanat sold Tradescape to the financial services company E*Trade for $280 million. Omar Amanat is a significant contributor to technology, philanthropy, entrepreneurialism, and now even the entertainment industry. After honing his sharp business skills at the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business, Mr. Amanat worked with CyberTrader founder Philip Berber to develop a trading platform prototype that was bought by Charles Schwab for $488 million in 2000. As a member of the Gold Philanthropists Circle, Mr. Amanat is thoroughly involved with humanitarian causes. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board for the Acumen Fund, a global venture capital fund for the poor that has been categorized as one of the top of charities changing the face of global philanthropy. Mr. Amanat is a board member of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, and is serving as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch and Malaria No More. A frequent public speaker and popular interviewee, Mr. Amanat is also committed to creating social awareness and change through a more globally empathetic media. Since the events of 9/11, Omar Amanat has used his financial and philanthropic expertise to explore the ways in which film and television can create social change and global understanding. He serves as founder and financier for several film production companies, including one that raised $205 million to fund more than 20 feature films within the next 5 years. He is a board member of a new $1 billion Hollywood production and distribution studio. And...

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Make Film Not War Award

Jun 23, 15 Make Film Not War Award

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The East-West Coexistence Award has been granted this year to Tunisian filmmaker Nacer Khemir. The selection of the award winner was made jointly by the Beirut Film Foundation and the organization Make Films Not War. The annual $10,000 award is granted to a Middle Eastern or North African filmmaker whose work crosses cultural, religious, and political divides. The award is funded by Omar Amanat, a film financier and philanthropist who is seeking to use the power of mass media to heal global divisions. Though he is also a writer, painter, and storyteller, Mr. Khemir received the award in honor of his third feature film, Bab.Aziz. The film tells the story of a young girl named Ishtar and her grandfather Bab.Aziz, a wise old Sufi dervish, wandering the desert in search of a conference of dervishes that takes place every 30 years. The conference.s location is indeterminate, but Bab.Aziz assures Ishtar that .those who are invited will find their way.. During the journey, the wise dervish tells the young girl enchanting tales, and they encounter numerous colorful characters. Filmed in Iran and Tunisia, Bab.Aziz uses Sufism to promote a message of faith and tolerance. Despite limited exposure, the film has received glowing reviews, particularly from Variety, which commended the .beautiful. film for the .stunning. visuals achieved by cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari. The UK film site Jigsaw Lounge writes that the film .combines the soulful and the epic – dazzling the eye with sweeping sand-dune vistas and pleasing the ear with a haunting score.. Mr. Khemir will use the financial award to create a feature about a music school in which Muslims, Christians, and Jews coexist in peace. The East-West Coexistence Award is one of many initiatives begun by film financier Omar Amanat in an attempt to create understanding between West and East. Prior to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Mr. Amanat was a notable entrepreneur in the electronic brokerage industry. The tragedy caused him to study the role that media plays in fostering minority violence. He...

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