Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Introducing: Anne-Rae Vasquez

Today we're getting to know a little more about Anne-Rae Vasquez, author of Almost a Turkish Soap Opera

"Anne-Rae Vasquez, freelance journalist for Digital Journal, author and filmmaker, wrote the novel and screenplay Almost a Turkish Soap Opera (feature to be released on DVD in December 2012), Salha's Secrets to Middle Eastern Cooking Cookbook Volume 1, Gathering Dust - a collection of poems, and Teach Yourself Great Web Design in a Week, published by Sams.net (a division of Macmillan Publishing). Almost a Turkish Soap Opera is her feature screenplay and film directorial debut. She had an interest in the fine arts and participated in theatre and drama as a child. Later she started writing and producing and acting in her theatrical projects. She eventually pursued a career in Internet Publishing when the internet was still only text based. She foresaw that the internet was a platform for her to further express her creative skills and establish her career as an internet pioneer.

Anne-Rae was approached by MacMillan Publishing to write a book about web design. She, with co-author Paul Chow, completed "Teach Yourself Great Web Design" which was published by Sams.net, a division of Macmillan Publishing which sold in major book chains around the world. She has since learned how to cook Middle Eastern meals and developed an interest in Arabic films. She loved the sound of the Arabic language and began watching Turkish soap operas dubbed in Arabic, which are very popular in the Middle East.

Anne-Rae completed the screenplay for Almost a Turkish Soap Opera in 2010. She directed the feature film, produced by Sababa Emporium Multimedia and Productions Services Inc.


Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, is an award winning feature film, and web series adapted from the novel, that captures the turmoil of two young modern Turkish men trying to make a home in the West but finding their lives have turned into a Turkish soap opera. Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, an independent film by Sababa Emporium Productions and AR Films is screening at film festivals and will be released on DVD in Dec 2012.   The film reflects on how Turkish soap operas have become very popular in the Middle East and now in Europe and how the West has influenced the Middle Eastern culture." 

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Almost a Turkish Soap Opera is available from Amazon