I Am Neda
Director: Nicole Kian Sadighi
Producer: Nicole Kian Sadighi & David Bartlett
Writer: Nicole Kian Sadighi
Cinematographer: Jamal Farley & David Bartlett
Editor: David Bartlett
Synopsis: I am Neda is the true story of Neda Agha Soltan who fearlessly pursued the cause of freedom in defiance of tyranny and oppression. June 2009 marked another turning point for Iranians, when mass anti-government protests erupted across major cities in Iran, following the June 12 rigged Iranian presidential election, which came to be known as the Green Movement. These events provoked the government to declare war on its own people and the world became a witness to some of the most horrific acts that were shown daily through major news outlets as well as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube posting. Many innocent Iranians were imprisoned, tortured, raped and killed for standing up for their basic human rights in nonviolent civil disobedience. This film is centered on one ordinary yet courageous young woman on the backdrop of extraordinary circumstances, who has since become the symbol and face of this movement.
Screening Time: October 24th 12:15 pm
Web Site: http://persepolispictures.com
Nicole Kian Sadighi (Director) - I Am Neda was not only Nicole Kian Sadighi's directorial debut, but she also wrote, produced and starred as Neda. The film has since won 10 awards and has received 21 nominations at different film festivals, such as USA Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival's American Pavilion. Including nominations for Best Actress for her performance as Neda, Best Director and Best Screenplay for 'I Am Neda'. Nicole has been interviewed and featured in The Huffington Post, BBC, Women's Media Center, Universal Film Magazine, LA Observed, Los Angeles Times, AP, Paris Match, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine, Javanan Magazine, Javanan Radio, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Christian Science Monitor, Radio Vaticana, Le Monde, France24, Italy's Radio 24, FrontPage Magazine, AndishehTV, Kayhan London, The Iranians, Politica Online, CCTV, C-Span and many more, particularly since the making of her directorial debut I AM NEDA.
She has also been a passionate supporter and spokesperson of many causes around the world, including human rights in Iran and without affiliating herself with any one particular political group she has often been asked as a keynote speaker for non-profit and nongovernmental organizations. She was also a former fellow researcher at the Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy for Iran. One of Nicole's most prominent invitations was from the famous group 'Hands Off Cain' in Rome, Italy, where she was invited alongside distinguished panelists, Italian politicians Marco Pannella and Daniele Capezzone. The conference was held in support of the UN General Assembly Resolution for the universal moratorium on capital punishment, which was also presented to the European Commission.
David Bartlett (Editor / 2nd Unit DP) - David worked as a freelance picture editor and sound designer on such productions as Paul Verhoeven's "Total Recall", William Friedken's "The Guardian", and three projects for To be Hooper, "Invaders from Mars", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II" and Steven Speilbergh’s Amazing Stories episode "Miss Stardust". He has also been a member of the M.P.S.E. (Motion Picture Sound Editors), an organization of the top sound designers and editors, and earned both an Emmy Nomination and an M.P.S.E. Golden Reel Nomination for Best Sound Editing in 1985 on the Paramount Mini-Series "Space". In 1990 he was nominated for a golden reel on the film “The Guardian”, won a golden reel for his work on “Total Recall”, which received n Academy Award nomination, and in 1995 won a second golden reel for “Speed”, which also won an Academy Award. During this period David also worked as head of post production, a post he held for two years for Cinetel films and then Tobe Hooper. He has served as Post Supervisor on many films since then as well.
Jamal Farley (Cinematographer) - Jamal has over fifteen years of professional experience shooting and lighting documentaries, music videos, commercials, episodic television and feature films. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara ("93), he went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography from The American Film Institute in Los Angeles (96). Jamal credits include Dreamworks "Collateral" and the on-going "Desperate Housewives" for ABC/Disney. With a strong foundation in the studio system, Jamal remains passionately dedicated to independent film production. Jamal works as a local in both the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles.