January 20, 2016
The Screen and the Female Gaze
I will be teaching a production workshop at IFP/ MN, “The Screen and Female Gaze.” Generating ideas is the most difficult part of filmmaking. What would be a better way to spark the imagination than viewing and discussing contemporary women directors for inspiration. Class participants will also learn to write and direct a short film.
Date: January 30 – February 20, 2016
Time: Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm
Visit IFP website for more detail on this workshop:
May 1, 2014
Abbas Kiarostami workshop
The workshop took place at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, March 31- April 11 2014
Abbas Kiarostami shared with us his work and asked us to make short inspired by what find around us. I first made a sketch, involving a survey with random individual passing by on SU campus. I wrote a script based on that and shot the next day with two of the workshop participants. I enjoyed his intuitive but highly rigorous approach to filmmaking.
watch the two minute short
April 29, 2014
Fulbright Fellowship Finalist
I moved to a finalist position for this very competitive award and the process was worthwhile. My plan was make a science fiction story about a woman who time-travels from an alien society to India. I would have made the film with local actors and crew in Pune, a city that is rich with theatre and film tradition. The experience would have mind boggling! India is undergoing a remarkable transition as it struggles to integrate its ancient past with a modern technological future. Society is grappling with the collision of western paradigms and traditional eastern thought, yet its poverty, spirituality, and modernity mix and coexist. This is precisely the kind of artistic setting that I thought would be an ideal backdrop for experimental science fiction.
February 26, 2011
December 2010 – February 2011
Faces of New America, environmental photographic and sound installation, Cargill Hall gallery, Minneapolis Central Library.
August 16, 2010
March – August 2010, Walker Art Center, Best Buy Film/Video Bay
In Waiting, 2008, U.S 16 mm black & white film transferred to video, 6:30 minutes. Showcased as part of Minnesota Independent Film & Television (MNTV) short films series.
May 26, 2010
Minnesota State Arts Board Media Arts Grant
2010 – Minnesota State Arts Board Media Arts grant for the production of Hour of the Dark, an experimental video exploring the relationship of an Iranian expatriate with the recent Iran uprising.
April 16, 2009
St. Paul Foundation Grant
2009 – St. Paul Foundation Grant for Exploration of Identity through Photographic Portraiture, A six month artist residency at Como Park Senior High School, an ethnically diverse inner city school. The project utilizes the art of photographic portraiture for exploring the challenging issues of race, identity and cultural assimilation.
December 16, 2008
Labyrinth, 2007, U.S. color video, 4 minutes. Airs on TPT as part of the Minnesota Independent Film & Television (MNTV) short films series.