As The World Turns Director Habib Azar Premieres Armless. (Video Update)
It turns out that As The World Turns‘ Billy Magnussen (Casey Hughes) isn’t the only person with the show who has been getting some attention at this year’s Sundance Film Festival through the film Twelve. One of the show’s hardest working and unsung heroes, director Habib Azar, has also been noticed by critics for some of his feature work. The director is at the festival with a film called, “Armless.”
The unusual comedy was adapted from a play by Kyle Jarrow and follows a suburban insurance executive who just happens to be fixated on cutting off his own arms. The film tracks the character as he abandons his home and wife to search for a plastic surgeon sympathetic to his desires.
In addition to directing the film, Azar also wrote the musical score. Trained extensively in music and drama, the director had always dreamed of working in the opera industry, and even wrote a few of his own. He’s been directing TV soap operas since he was 22 and won a Daytime Emmy for his work on ATWT in 2007. Working in the world of Daytime gave the 30 year old plenty of experience shooting fast with no money. “Armless” was shot in 12 days with virtually no budget.
Take a look at the official trailer for the movie. Just to warn you, there is a little profanity involved.