Ripple Effect | 2008
First generation immigrant, and hip, new-age clothing designer, Amer Atrash, left Lebanon in pursuit of the America Dream. Though he has come close several times, something unexpected always seems to prevent Amer from accomplishing his goal--financial success. In the weeks before the launch of his cutting edge clothing brand Atrash, and on the brink of major financial success, Amer finds himself in an all too familiar predicament when the rug is pulled from under his feet. Meanwhile, his neglected wife Sherry decides that she needs time to reevaluate her situation--thus, she requests that Amer move into his office. Amer tries to bury himself in his work, but is haunted by the memories of an event that transpired years ago. He confesses his secret to Sherry, divulging the story of an unavoidable accident fifteen years earlier, that left Phillip Blackman a cripple and in a wheelchair. Amer believes all of the pitfalls he has encountered since that night are directly linked to the curse and bad karma that follows him around. Sherry, who is compassionate and understanding, encourages Amer to find Phillip and make amends. Amer locates Phillip after first meeting his amazingly beautiful wife, Kitty, singing at the local bar on a weekly basis. Amer begs for forgiveness, but does so by citing all the trouble and bad karma that has resulted in his life. Eventually, Phillip takes Amer on a journey, the goal of which is to change Amer's state of mind and help bring him nearer to enlightenment.