Seeking Valentina Cast and Crew Screening

Last night was the cast and crew party for Seeking Valentina, a short film that I was honored to play a nice supporting role in, at Lyfe Kitchen in West Hollywood.

Director Armin Nasseri (center) congratulates his cast on their ground-breaking performances.
Director Armin Nasseri (center) congratulates his cast on their ground-breaking performances.
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With Kristin and Pedram Navab, who wrote and produced Strangers in A Book, which stars Kristin in a breakout role as Destiny and myself as the brooding Sara
Mo Whelan (Valentina's Supervising Producer and Production Manager) and Kristin
Mo Whelan (Valentina’s Supervising Producer and Production Manager) and Kristin
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Lead actors Ali Bavarian and Kristin West
The ladies of Seeking Valentina...Kristin West, myself, designer, and makeup artist extraordinaire Shirley Sal
The ladies of Seeking Valentina…Kristin West, myself, designer, graphic designer Michaela Porter and makeup artist extraordinaire Shirley Sal

What I loved about working on this project is that it bucks stereotypes of Iranian-Americans. This gripping psychological thriller was directed by Armin Nasseri and it revolves around an Iranian-American writer, Benjamin (Ali Bavarian), in the pangs of grief, who takes in a mysterious tenant named Valentina (Kristin West). When she mysteriously disappears, it is for the audience to decide if she a ghost, a hallucination, a dream or a runaway. I’m very excited to say that Seeking Valentina has garnered national and international attention for its unique story-telling structure, gender-balanced casting and production team. I was honored to be a part of this amazing project and big thanks to my amazing manager Matt Chassin for making it happen!

The film also stars Srinivasa Kapavarapu, Melahd Gibson, Diane Silvester and Emily Heffner. More info at www.SeekingValentina.com

All photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

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