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Google’s top 2012 searches… that led to my website!

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2012 according to Google
By Zan Azlee

DEC 28 ― The year is coming to an end and it is time to look back and reflect upon the momentous events of the passing year. I thought it would be a good idea to look back at 2012’s top ten searches on Google… and that led to my website, Fatbidin.com!

10. Ridhuan Tee Abdullah

Number ten could be one that has given me the most pleasure this year. I disagree with everything this academician, TV host and writer ― whose real name is Tee Chuan Seng ― says. We had a brief heated exchange in our respective columns (his is in Sinar Harian), from which I emerged victorious.

9. Kabul

Being the gloriously brave war journalist and adrenaline junkie that I am, I went to Afghanistan to shoot a documentary. After a decade of war and after the Taliban, it’s quite a surprise that the country is still getting media coverage.

8. Bersih 3.0

This has to be one of the lowest points of the year. I witnessed things that I don’t ever want to witness in Malaysia again. The police were brutally attacking demonstrators and even journalists like a bunch of street thugs ― after they removed their nametags, of course. But the spirit of Malaysians that gathered, now that was a high point.

[Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

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Athena Azlee’s first interview and photoshoot with the press!

It’s Hari Raya and Merdeka!! And Athena handles her first interview and photoshoot with The Star very well indeed! (Click on the image below to read the article)

Happy Hari Raya and Merdeka everyone!



Come to the 6th World Islamic Economic Forum to get a chance to see me!

Come one! Come all! I have been invited to speak at the 6th World Islamic Economic Forum 2010 under the Marketplace of Creative Arts! I’ll be talking and screening clips from my films ‘I’M MUSLIM TOO!‘ and ‘THE LIFE & TIMES OF AN ISLAMIC INSURGENCY‘. Come and you might even get the chance to touch me!

Date & Time: 18th May (12:30pm), 19th May 2010 (2pm)
Venue: Conference Hall 2, Level 3, KL Convention Centre
(Click on the images below for more details)

Marketplace Schedule

Marketplace Speakers



Indonesians and Malaysians talk about films in Berkeley

(Left-Right) Zan Azlee, Dr Marshall Clark, Elyna Shukri, Jajang C. Noer and Dr Sarah Maxim, director of Centre of Southeast Asia Sudies

So I’m still in California for the Islam Today Arts & Culture Festival at UC Berkeley and I recently was part of a panel discussion which consisted of the late Yasmin Ahmad’s producer, Elyna Shukri, veteran Indonesian actress, Jajang C. Noer, and moderated by Dr Marshall Clark from Deakin University in Australia.

It was a great discussion of course! So great that I had to write about it in my latest column at The Malaysian Insider!

Malaysia and Indonesia — how we make films

By Zan Azlee
APRIL 23 — I’m still suffering from the cold winds of the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently, after the screening of my films and lecture at University of California, Berkeley, I was part of a panel discussion entitled ‘Making movies in Indonesia and Malaysia”.

Aside from me, the other panellists included the late Yasmin Ahmad’s producer, Elyna Shukri, and veteran Indonesian actress, Jajang C. Noer. It was moderated by Dr Marshall Clark from Deakin University in Australia.

First of all, I was a little intimidated being in the presence of such experienced industry professionals. Elyna had produced some of Malaysia’s most thought-provoking films in recent history, while Jajang has starred in more films than the years I have been alive! [Click to read the rest of the article]



Rainbow greetings from San Francisco!

Rainbow greetings from San Francisco! I’m attending the Islam Today Arts & Culture Festival at UC Berkeley. My films have screened and I also gave a lecture there. Everything’s good and thank god for good lobster!

Outside the screening venue in Berkeley. Notice the huge crowd gathering around me trying to catch my films!

I gave a lecture to a group of students at the University of California, Berkeley. It was fun and we had a laugh!

These are the professors... Prof. Jeffrey Hadler and Dr. Sarah Maxim.

Lobster babyyyy!!

And.. here’s this week’s column for The Malaysian Insider.

How much did that film cost?

By Zan Azlee
APRIL 16 — Here I am at the San Francisco Bay Area, with the freezing cold wind blowing in my face, giving me extremely chapped lips.
I came here to attend the Islam Today Arts & Culture Festival, organised by University of California, Berkeley’s Centre of Southeast Asia Studies.
They were screening two films of mine, and had invited me to give a lecture and be part of a panel discussion.
[Click to read the rest of the article]

Now I’m off to The Castro!



The Islam Today Arts & Culture Festival in San Francisco gets a dose of Fat Bidin!

Looks like FAT BIDIN is gonna rock the San Francisco Bay area!

Two of my films (I’m Muslim Too! and The Life & Times of an Islamic Insurgency) will be screening at the University of California, Berkeley’s Islam Today Arts & Culture Festival. So I’ll be heading to San Francisco this Friday and will be there for a couple of weeks. I’m pretty excited since I’m also scheduled to give some talks over there.

So if you’re in the vicinity next week (12th to 22nd April 2010) and would like to get a good look at my beautiful face, come on over! Check out the website and schedule here.

Oh… other Malaysian films that will be screening there aside from mine include Yasmin Ahmad’s (Gubra and Muallaf) as well as Amir Muhammad’s (Village People Radio Show and Malaysian Gods).



How a documentary filmmaker and a TV news anchor ended up together! Aww… how sweet!

An article in the Malay Mail about how a documentary filmmaker and a news anchor ended up together! Aww… how sweet! My favourite part is where the writer stated my age being 26! Muahahaha! [Click here or here to read the article]

Okay… you can throw up now!



Re-broadcast of the first I’M MUSLIM TOO! documentary film on ntv7

With all the excitement around my latest film (or am I the only one excited?!?), I’M MUSLIM TOO! Heading to the border, being released on ntv7 in September, some people have been asking about the first I’M MUSLIM TOO! installment which was released last year. Well, worry no more! Due to its immense popularity (ahem ahem!), ntv7 will be re-broadcasting it this year. They will show the 4-episodic version every Sundays (starting on 23rd August, 2009) at 5pm. So make sure you catch it!

If you need to be reminded what it’s about, click here. If you want to make this film your very own to hold and touch every night before you go to sleep, you can purchase the DVD at the Fat Bidin E-Store!



Spend your hard earned cash at the FAT BIDIN E-STORE!
February 23, 2009, 2:59 am
Filed under: broadcast, directing, documentary, DVD, e-store, film, I'm Muslim Too!, journalism

Okay everyone! The time has come! The time has come! The time has come when I finally start selling my films as DVDs! Oh yeah babeyyy! I’ve set up the FAT BIDIN E-STORE!

First two titles are:

I’m Muslim Too!

and…


R.A.H.M.A.N. and other short films

So go to the FAT BIDIN E-STORE now and send me your dough!



I’M MUSLIM TOO! airs in it’s full form on NTV7, 11:30am, 2nd Oct!
September 28, 2008, 12:26 pm
Filed under: broadcast, directing, documentary, film, I'm Muslim Too!, journalism, press

The Star - Cover (28 Sept 08)

The Star - Cover (28 Sept 08)

Im Muslim Too! in The Star - page 2 (28 Sept 08)

The Star - page 2 (28 Sept 08)

Im Muslim Too! in The Star - page 3 (28 Sept 08)

The Star - page 3 (28 Sept 08)

Im Muslim Too! in Malay Mail (11 Sept 08)

Malay Mail (11 Sept 08)

And the fame continues! Hahaha! Got a cover story in The Star and also a profile in the Malay Mail. Click the pictures to read the articles.

Don’t forget… the full length version (73 minutes) of I’M MUSLIM TOO! will be going on air on NTV7 on 2nd October at 11:30am. So while in the process of getting indigestion during Raya… just tune in to the TV!

Just wanted to say… to all my bros and hoes (viewers, the NTV7 gang, all the editors and writers at the papers, friends, family)… thanks for all the support and kind words. Sniff! Sniff! Selamat Hari Raya!



My autograph is for sale… and I’M MUSLIM TOO! is still on ntv7!
September 8, 2008, 1:32 pm
Filed under: broadcast, directing, documentary, film, I'm Muslim Too!, journalism, press

Im Muslim Too! in BH (1st Sept 08)

Berita Harian (1 Sept 08)

New Straits Times (3 Sept 08)

New Straits Times (3 Sept 08)

So… the I’M MUSLIM TOO! month has begun! I did the mandatory publicity for the documentary… articles in the newspapers (click the images above to read) and also appeared on ntv7′s The Breakfast Show on 3 Sept 08 (visit ntv7′s website and watch the episode on CatchUp TV).

The price for my autograph has now gone up from RM5 to RM8! Damn right! Muahaha! But more importantly… don’t forget… Thursdays in September… 7:30pm… ntv7!



I’M MUSLIM TOO! airs on ntv7 in September 08
September 1, 2008, 10:17 am
Filed under: broadcast, directing, documentary, film, I'm Muslim Too!, journalism, video blog

Okay! Keep your pants on! I know all of you have been chewing your fingernails in anticipation of Zan Azlee’s next brilliant piece of work! And here it finally is!

I’M MUSLIM TOO!
Thursdays, 7:30pm (thru Sept 08), ntv7
*shown in four 30-minute episodes

The full 73-minute version will be shown on Hari Raya. Tune in! Yeahhh babeyyyy!
(oh… the video clip above is the awesome trailer I just edited)



The crap has paid off… ‘I’m Muslim Too!’ will air on ntv7!
August 25, 2008, 11:07 am
Filed under: broadcast, directing, documentary, film, I'm Muslim Too!, internet, journalism, video blog

It’s been a while… busy with work… and all that crap! But the crap has paid off baby!!! My latest feature length documentary I’m Muslim Too! now has a screening date (or dates… to be exact!). It has been picked up by my favourite TV channel… ntv7!!

It will be a Ramadhan special and has been broken up into four 30-minute episodes
that will run every week throughout the month of September
(fasting month… hunger and thirst!). Then, the full 73-minute version will be shown on Hari Raya.

The exact days and time will be announced very soon! So stay tuned! In the meantime… check out the short clip above taken from the film… those Palestinian kids got a raw deal!!



UiTM screening of I’m Muslim Too!
July 14, 2008, 1:56 am
Filed under: broadcast, directing, documentary, film, I'm Muslim Too!, lecture

I’ve been invited to screen my film I’m Muslim Too! at UiTM, Shah Alam, this Thursday, 17 July 2008. It starts at 8pm and will be followed by a Q&A/talk session with me. This is kind of a proud moment for me personally since when I was studying in UiTM in 1998, I attended a similar screening and Q&A session by U-Wei Hj Saari of his film Jogho. I was so in awe of his film. And now… I’m being invited. How cool is that?!?!? Muahahaha!!

Here are the details:

Screening of I’m Muslim Too! followed by Q&A/talk session with director Zan Azlee
Thursday, 17th July 2008
Starts at 8pm
Faculty of Artistic and Creative Technology
Universiti Teknologi MARA
Kampus Puncak Perdana
Blok 6, Jalan Pulau Angsa U10/14
40150 Shah Alam
Selangor.



Want me to be your mentor?

Have you heard of APOSTROPHE? Its a yearly art project organised and sponsored by DiGi. Its been going on for two years now (the first focused on literature while the second was on photography). This year is the third installment and it will focus on filmmaking. I’ve been asked to be one of the mentors (the others are Azharr Rudin, Woo Ming Jin, Tan Chui Mui and Mussadique Suleiman). There was an article in The Star recently which you can read.

Recognising how my blog has such a massive cult following, the organisers kindly asked me if I could help promote the project. And being the humble superstar celebrity that I am, I obliged.

Basically, its a competition where all you need to do is to produce a film between 90sec and 160sec based on the theme ‘makan’. Winners will win prizes and a trip to some obscure country, I think. Just go visit the website at Apostrophegallery.com for more information. Once there, you’ll also get to see the works of the mentors which were done specifically for the project.

I cheated though… I cut out a short scene from my film ‘I’m Muslim Too!’ which I thought fit the ‘makan’ theme and could stand alone. The video above is of the original scene from my film. For the purpose of the Apostrophe project, I did make a slight adjustment (I’m not that much of a cheat!). So if you want to watch that version, check out the website, yeah?

(The 2008 General Election heat is still pretty intense. I have so much documented on video which would be great to release online right now, but I think I should hold on as the main purpose is to complete the feature length film, ‘I May Be Malaysian, But I Carry A Big Stick’, and not to have a newsflash blog. Woo!! Suspense wohh!!! Can’t wait for the film huh? Well… there’s still a little bit of shooting to do and then editing. So just hang on.)



Re-screening of I’m Muslim Too!
February 24, 2008, 1:45 am
Filed under: broadcast, directing, documentary, film, I'm Muslim Too!, journalism

For those who came… I would like to thank you (it was almost a full house! wahh!!). And also… to apologise for what happened to the projector midway through the film. Hence, there will be a re-screening. Details as posted by Kelab Seni Filem below…..

It ought not to have happened, but it did.
The screening of Zan Azlee’s I’m Muslim Too! on Tues 19 Feb was stopped halfway through coz the projector packed up.
Kelab Seni Filem apologises to the almost full house in attendance.
However the lively Q&A with Zan helped to make up for the disappointment.
The good news is that Kelab is re-screening it on Monday 3 March at 8pm.
Admission is still FREE.
And Zan will be present to do the Q&A again.

Amir Muhammad will be introducing the film and moderating the Q&A session.
Monday 3 March, 8.00pm
HELP University College Theatrette, Pusat Bandar Damansara, KL
S P R E A D T H E W O R D

So come lah! The discussion we had after the projector broke down was great! And that was after everyone watched slightly less than half of the film. I would love to hear your feedback and (try to evade!) questions once you’ve seen the whole film.

For those of you who couldn’t make it the first time… here’s your chance! (no more excuses! muahaha!!!). Thank you all for the support.



Screening of I’m Muslim Too!
February 14, 2008, 1:29 am
Filed under: broadcast, directing, documentary, film, I'm Muslim Too!, journalism

Hey people! One night only… so come and catch it!

Kelab Seni Filem proudly presents Zan Azlee’s new feature documentary –
I’m Muslim Too!
Malaysia, 2008; Zan Azlee, 73 mins
Many see Malaysia as a moderate Islamic country that has found a unique and harmonious balance between religion, secularism and multiculturalism. Zan Azlee decides to learn and find out more about Islam and his own identity as a Malay Muslim. He embarks on a journey to the heartland of Islam, the Middle-East, with nothing but his video camera and a bag full of instant noodles. He meets a brutal heavy metal band in Iran, discovers a Syrian version of Low Yat Plaza in Damascus, hangs out with a couple of Palestinian dudes in a camp in Beirut and learns about sex from a bunch of artists in Jordan.

Zan will be in attendance to discuss his film with the audience after the screening.
Introduced by Hassan Muthalib.
Tuesday 19 February, 8.00pm
HELP University College Theatrette, Pusat Bandar Damansara, KL
Free admission
S P R E A D T H E W O R D



Mustafa the Iraqi
February 10, 2008, 12:35 pm
Filed under: broadcast, directing, documentary, film, I'm Muslim Too!, journalism, video blog

Enough about Seng Tat’s winnings (that bugger is making me look bad!) and back to my film.

The video above features Mustafa Mohe, an Iraqi refugee who now lives in Syria with his beautiful wife (feeewiiit!!). I bumped into him while searching for Hezbollah’s computer game, Special Force.

Don’t you just wish you could watch my film? Be patient… I can feel a special screening of ‘I’m Muslim Too!’ in the near future…



It is done!
January 23, 2008, 1:13 pm
Filed under: broadcast, directing, documentary, film, I'm Muslim Too!, journalism, video blog

Here’s Ali Azhari, lead guitarist and producer of Arsames. He lives in Tehran and not in Mashhad with the rest of the band. Aside from playing music, he’s also a TV and film director.

I have finally finished editing ‘I’m Muslim Too!’. The first cut was a freaking 2hours 10minutes long torture-struggle fest! I cut it down to 90minutes… showed it to the Outphace gang (sarcastic mofos!) and got some valuable comments… and now the final cut is 73minutes.

Aggressive hawking of the film to broadcasters and distributors shall now go on full force! (Sponsors and funders are still welcome! Muahaha!)



What’s Robert De Niro doing in Iran?
December 13, 2007, 7:13 am
Filed under: broadcast, directing, documentary, film, I'm Muslim Too!, journalism, lecture, new media, video blog

Check out the video. It’s Ali Sanaei, the bassist of Arsames who can only speak English by impersonating Robert De Niro. Quite a funny guy… and pretty good on the instrument too! I’m glad he’s in my film.

I’ve been working hard on ‘I’m Muslim Too!’. Not just on editing (damn its going slow!), but on trying to get it distributed and screened. The good news is that I’ve met with a couple of broadcasters and it looks promising. Now if I can just sit my butt down to finish the editing!

On another note, I’m heading down to JB next week for the FSI Education Fair to give a talk on documentary filmmaking. Why the hell would they want to listen to me? I dunno!! But hey, if you’re free and you’re down south, just pop by the Puteri Pacific Hotel. I’ll be hanging out at the HELP University-College booth. Come and say hi and I might just say hi back to you! And if you pay me RM5, I’ll even give you my autograph!




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