Sabrina Chammas, AS’10, studied communications at Northeastern, but she was always intrigued by filmmaking. So after graduating, she enrolled in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, which led to a fortuitous meeting with filmmaker Alexandre Peralta.
Last September, Peralta’s Looking at the Stars won the gold medal in the documentary category at the 42nd Student Academy Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. Chammas, a native of Beirut, served as producer on the film, which tells the story of the world’s only ballet school for the blind, in São Paulo, Brazil.
“As a producer, you’re really involved in the entire process from beginning to end,” says Chammas, who is also credited for her work on The Square (2013), Residence Break (2011), and Street Children in Lebanon (2009). “You’re involved with the film, obviously, but also the business side—setting schedules, budgets, hiring people, distribution. It’s a little bit of everything.”
Chammas recently completed work on Garbage Man, a film that follows the plight of an “everyday hero” in Lebanon, a country in the throes of a rubbish crisis.
Undeterred by the ebb-and-flow nature of the filmmaking industry, Chammas patiently waits for her next opportunity. “It usually comes when you least expect it,” she says.