International Short Film Festival 2007, Independent Films on Iran

Panel of discussion about Iranian short films.

On Saturday, October 20th, there will be a discussion of Iranian short films and their influence on feature films. The panel includes film critic Godfrey Cheshire, festival founder Bahman Maghsoudlou, and journalist/writer Mohammad Abdi


image of GodfreyGodfrey Cheshire is a New York-based film critic who, beginning in 1993, became known for introducing Americans to Iranian cinema through his writings in the New York Times, Newsweek, Variety, Film Comment, New York Press, the Village Voice and other publications. Beginning in 1997, he made several extended visits to Iran, and helped arrange meetings between Iranian and American filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival and in exchanges of artists between the two countries. A former chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, he has recently completed his first feature film, Moving Midway, a documentary about his family's Southern plantation.

Mohammad Abdi

image of Mohammad AbdiMohammad Abdi is a member of the International Federation of Journalists. He has been editor-in-chief of two film journals, Film and Cinema (1997) and Seventh Art (1998-1999). He has presided over two symposiums, Women in Cinema (2000-2001) and Women in Art (2004-2005). His articles and reviews have appeared in more than forty Iranian magazines and newspapers, including Shargh, Hamshahri, Iran, Etemad, Akhbar, Bonyan, Yase No, Film, Cinema, Donya ye Tasvir, Honare Haftome, Film va Cinema, and Tandis. He has written a number of books, including his most recent, a look at filmmaker Bahram Beyza’i (2005). He has also worked in television, writing twenty-six episodes for the series Women in World Cinema (1999-2000). Most recently he has worked as a freelance journalist for BBC Persian, Rooz, and Radio Zamaneh (2005-2007).

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