The Ball Method (USA)
DIRECTOR: Dagmawi Abebe
DOP: Bash Achkar
About the film:
Alice Ball, a 23 year-old African American Chemist living in 1915 Hawaii fights against racial and gender barriers to find an effective treatment for leprosy before Kalani, a 10-year-old patient is exiled into the leper colony of Molokai.
Dagmawi Abebe (Dag) is an Ethiopian born-American Writer, Director, and Editor who immigrated to the United States at the age of 10 and grew up in Virginia. There, he attended the University of Virginia where he majored in physics and minored in film studies. Whether it’s telling made-up stories to his friends in kindergarten or writing short and feature film screenplays, he has always found a way to present his perspective to the outside world. His interest is in directing historical fiction, sci-fi, and drama films with the hopes of bringing untold minority stories to the big screen. After serving as a Lead Editor on the Warner Bros. sponsored feature film, “SAMIR,” in 2018, Dag went on to co-direct this year’s WB sponsored film, “Voodoo Macbeth.”
He is currently in Pre-Production on his short film, “The Ball Method,” which received the 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant and is slated to shoot in July.
He is also the Lead Editor on the feature film, “You Are Here” starring Peter Vack (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Anna Popplewell (“The Chronicles of Narnia”), and William Baldwin (“Northern Rescue”).
Dag is a graduate of the University of Southern California Film and TV Production MFA Program. He currently resides in Los Angeles and is represented by David Baggelaar at GoodFear Film + Management