WRITER (SCREENPLAY BY)
Bassel is a strategy and management consultant, coach and trainer who speaks five languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Czech) and has worked with global companies, government, and non-profits.
He first developed the screenplay for what would become Beyond What Remains in 2006. Informed in part by some experiences from his past, he devoted himself to the project for several years. Among his many essential contributions to the production, he scouted and discovered all the beautiful, remote Mexican locations that are so core to the film.
Over seven intense years spent in study to become an actor, Bassel performed on stage at Toronto’s Summer Works, and directed and co-produced two plays. He holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations from York University, studied Cinematography and Film Production at Ryerson University, and
completed a Masters Degree in Communication (with Specialization in Film and Theatre), again at York. And he conceived and mounted three original theatre performances with Toronto Youth. BWR is his first feature as a co-director, and first as a screenwriter.