Valley Film Festival’s Focus on Iran event and panel

The Valley Film Festival celebrated the Persian new year with a special screening of new films from Iran, one of them being Strangers in a Book, where I played the lead role of Sara. I also was a producer on this film. This event was called Focus on Iran and will took place on Saturday, March 24th at 1pm at Columbia College, Hollywood and I had the opportunity to be a part of their panel as well. I shared my experiences of growing up as an Iranian-American, while filmmaker Leyla Nejad (“Shackled”) spoke of her experiences growing up in Iran. […]

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Valley Film Festival’s Focus on Iran event

The Valley Film Festival is celebrating the Persian new year with a special screening of new films from Iran, one of them being Strangers in a Book, where I played the lead role of Sara. I also was a producer on this film. This event is called Focus on Iran and will take place on Saturday, March 24th at 1pm at Columbia College, Hollywood, which is at 18618 Oxnard Street, Los Angeles. Focus on Iran will showcase a compelling new wave of filmmakers who tackle a variety of genres, from animation to thrillers, and topics from abortion to transgender issues, […]

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Well Heeled at the Heels Premiere

Really enjoyed the movie Heels with my good friend fashion designer Sai Suman and had a nice time at the premiere and after party. The only thing missing was one of the stars of the film, my “Live with Ford and Vida” colleague Ford Austin, who was missing as he had come down with a bad cold that he couldn’t shake. The film’s LA premiere was at the Laemmle Noho 7 as part of the popular Noho Cine Fest. Heels is the story of two adopted brothers, Ronnie (Britt George) and Jodi Lackey (Ryan Bottiglieri), who also wrote, directed and […]

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence Meet and Greet

I was recently invited to an advanced screening of “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence” and I really enjoyed it. Great action and a lot of laugh out loud moments. And the large ensemble cast was absolutely amazing! So many standout performances that I can’t narrow them down. This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Mathew Karedas), who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by […]

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Special Screenings

Cinema Epoch presents an exclusive screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s “Samurai Cop2: Deadly Vengeance” on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hakanaka (“Mad Cowgirl,””Blue Dream”) and the stars of the film will conduct a Q and A after the film. More screening dates to be announced soon. I got the inside scoop of the film from Hatanaka, producer Joe Williamson, and Nikki D’Angelo, star of the much anticipated film,”Darling Nikki”, at a lunch meeting at the Smokehouse. I love this genre of film and it’s a really wonderful cast, so I’m […]

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Natural Born Filmmakers World Premiere at Action on Film Festival

A film I had a fun supporting role in, “Natural Born Filmmakers” had its World Premiere at the prestigious Action on Film International Film Festival on September 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM at the Krikorian Theatre in scenic Monrovia. “Natural Born Filmmakers”, written and directed by Steve Oakley, has been nominated for Best Comedy-Feature at this wonderful film festival that was created by Del Weston, who is a noted filmmaker himself. Described as both a cautionary tale, an ode to the travails of filmmaking as well as a spoof, “Natural Born Filmmakers“ puts a searing magnifying glass on the workings of […]

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Action on Film Festival Wrap Up

Several of my films are making their world premiere at the popular Action on Film (AOF) Festival, which is going on until September 27th in scenic Monrovia at the Krikorian Theatres. These films are Strangers In A Book, Seeking Valentina, and Natural Born Filmmakers. This festival was created by Del Weston, who is also a filmmaker, so he really supports indie filmmakers in our community. And I really feel the sense of community at this festival. I ran into supportive friends like King Bassey, Founder of the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Awards, LA Talk Radio Host Cameron Datzker and blogger […]

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Strangers In a Book World Premiere at the Action on Film Festival

Strangers in a Book, is one of the films I’m acting in, is making its world premiere at the popular Action on Film (AOF) Festival, which is going on until September 27th in scenic Monrovia at the Krikorian Theatres. The other two films making their world premieres at AOF are Seeking Valentina and Natural Born Filmmakers. This film is nominated for Best Guerilla short film at AOF. Keeping fingers and toes crossed! This festival was created by Del Weston, who is also a filmmaker, so he really supports indie filmmakers in our community. And I really feel the sense of community at this […]

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Seeking Valentina World Premiere at Action on Film Festival

Seeking Valentina, a film I had a nice supporting role in, is making its world premiere at the popular Action on Film (AOF) Festival, which is going on until September 27th in scenic Monrovia at the Krikorian Theatres. My other films making their world premieres are Strangers In A Book and Natural Born Filmmakers. This festival was created by Del Weston, who is also a filmmaker, so he really supports indie filmmakers in our community. And I really feel the great sense of community at this festival. This film is about an Iranian-American writer (Ali Bavarian), in the pangs of grief, who […]

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Strangers In A Book Cast and Crew Screening

Last night was the cast and crew screening of Strangers In A Book at a private residence in Encino.   Strangers in a Book was written by Pedram Navab and directed by Marc Rezvani. I play the role of s Sara, a hip and melancholic Iranian-American, who finds a misplaced book in a café.  Intrigued by its contents, but unable to find the owner, Sara decides to interview the people in the notebook to decipher the identity of the mysterious man.  The strangers whom she meets, considered the dregs of society, tell Sara stories about the enigmatic owner of the book, who […]

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