Jeff Vespa — the co-founder of WireImage and one of the best-known photographers in Hollywood — is making his feature directorial debut on the indie film Amre.

The film, now shooting in locations including Latvia and Kazakhstan with a budget in the mid-seven-figures, is being produced by Cary Granat and Ed Jones along with Alidar Utemuratov through his Moviq production banner from a script by Benjamin A. van der Veen (Steven Soderbergh’s Che: Part Two).
Amre, a period piece set in Paris in 1925, stars Kazakh actor Sanjar Madi in the title role opposite Abbie Cornish and Ben Aldridge in the story of a small-town Kazakh singer named Amre Kashaubaev who journeys from Russia to Paris to compete in an international singing competition. While in the City of Lights, he forms an unlikely friendship with George Gershwin (Aldridge) and gets close to a woman (Cornish). Miha Rodman, Christian Hillborg and Philip Brodie round out the international cast.