WHITE CITY: BIG IN THE STANS
Filmmaker & Singer/Bassist Ru Owen directed, produced, and filmed this series about life on tour from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan while performing with rock band White City. The trio–Ru Owen (vocals/ bass), Travis Beard (guitar), and Andreas Stefansson (drums)–started performing at parties among expat war journalists and aid workers in Kabul, Afghanistan. From there, they toured through Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, meeting artists and wild hearts along the way. After filming the series, the trio also co-headlined and produced Afghanistan’s first rock fest, Sound Central Festival. Humanitarian Bazaar (formerly known as HELO Magazine), for it’s small part, after helping with the Sound Central Festival, had motion graphics artist Jim Chaliz work with Ru on packaging, and then brokered an online release through Matador Network.