Bassam is a 3D generalist filmmaker whose 2006 short, Elephants Dream, was the first â€˜open movieâ€™. It established the viability of libre tools in a production environment and set precedent by offering its source data under a permissive license for learning, remixing and re-use. Bassam is continuing to pursue a model of production that invests in commonwealth. They teach, write and lecture around the world on open production and free software technique. Raised in Damascus, Bassam trained in the United States as an electrical and software engineer.