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Published on Jun 5, 2012

Rashid Ghazi founded North Shore Films to produce Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football,-- a story which he began developing in 2003 with the basic belief that his fellow Americans were interested in what real-life American Muslims were really like. As a lifelong football fan, Ghazi felt the story of the Fordson High School football team could be the conduit this kind of relatable, entertaining story -- a place where everyday Arab-American Muslims share their homes, values, aspirations and opinions with other Americans.

The award-winning film marks Ghazi's directorial debut. He, along with his wife Ruhma, solely funded the production, distribution and marketing of Fordson which recently completed a theatrical run via AMC independent and has won the following film festival accolades: Jury Award Best U.S. Documentary -- Traverse City Film Festival, Special Grand Jury Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, Special Jury Prize at the DEADCenter Film Festival, Audience and Founders Award at the 2011 Politics on Film Festival, Best Documentary Award at the Detroit-Windsor Film Festival, Jury Award Best Documentary at the Manhattan Film Festival, Jury Award Best Documentary at the Sacramento Film and Music Festival, Jury Award Best Documentary at the Landlocked Film Festival, and was named Champion of the 2011 World Cup Film Awards. In addition, Fordson was recently selected to participate in the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam as well as the United Nations Foundation Film Festival at Stanford University.

Ghazi has developed over 2,000 hours of television programming in his 21 year professional career. His programs have aired on ESPN, Fox Sports Net, CBS College Sports (CSTV), IN Demand HD, NBC and in national and local broadcast syndication.

Ghazi is pioneer in the broadcasting and creation of national and local high school sporting events. He has delivered over 100 live high school sports contests for broadcast on the ESPN Networks and was the first person to showcase future NBA and NFL stars such as LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Tim Tebow on television while they were still in high school. He also served as co-creator and executive producer of the 65 episode documentary series Preps Chicago Hoops, which aired on Fox Sports Net in 2000.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxTraverseCity, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxTraverseCity event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


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