At its best, Blaze feels like a cinematic translation of not just Blaze Foley’s life but his music, anchored by two incredibly likable, lived-in performances.
Omer M. Mozaffar teaches at Loyola University Chicago, where he is the Muslim Chaplain, teaching courses in Theology and Literature. He has given thousands of talks on Islam since 9/11. He is also a Hollywood Technical Consultant for productions on matters related to Islam, Arabs, South Asians.
In 2009, Roger Ebert named him as one of his “Far Flung Correspondents.” In 2011, the Graham School of the University of Chicago honored him with an “Excellence in Teaching Award” in Humanities, Arts and Sciences. He is a lifelong Chicagoan, involving himself in various educational, social service and charitable projects.
Omer Mozaffar picks one of his favorite reviews by Roger Ebert.
The mythology of "Star Wars," before and after the Force was awoken.
An interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
An obituary of filmmaker Prashant Bhargava, director of Patang and special guest of Ebertfest in 2012.
A review of Hansal Mehta’s 2013 film, "Shahid."
An FFC looks at the horrible situation in Ferguson, MO and what it says about where we are and where we're going.
The fourth and final part in a series on how film has addressed the conflict between Israel and Palestine.