#ThesisThursday: “Iranian Cinema and the Fight Against Censorship”

  According to Azadeh Farahmand (2002:87), “Socio-economic factors and institutional politics contribute to the elevations of films, filmmakers and national cinemas to the level of high art”. This is truly the case for contemporary Iranian cinema. Since the Revolution of 1979, Iranian filmmakers have learned to overcome the limitations created by the current economic issues… Read More #ThesisThursday: “Iranian Cinema and the Fight Against Censorship”

#FilmFriday: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (2017)

**WARNING: Contains SPOILERS** Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) was the film that inspired me to pursue a career in filmmaking. Now, 14 years later, the adventure continues with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017). In all honesty, Pirates 5 should have been the fourth installment of this… Read More #FilmFriday: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (2017)

#FilmFriday: “Alien: Covenant” (2017)

**WARNING: Contains SPOILERS** The epitome of the monstrous-feminine returns once again in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant (2017). Battling the ethics of creationism and artificial insemination, the film once more (like its cinematic predecessors) showcases the thematic horrors associated with the mutilation of birth and the female body.  Alien: Covenant, as a whole, was successful in melding the mythos of Prometheus (2012) with characters… Read More #FilmFriday: “Alien: Covenant” (2017)

#ThesisThursday: “Child’s Play or Adult Escapism?: An Ethnographic Study on Animation Film Audiences”

Child’s Play or Adult Escapism?: An Ethnographic Study on Animation Film Audiences It is a public misunderstanding that people refer to animations as children films. I am curious as to why this belief exists and if it is common amongst most film audiences. As Walt Disney said, “I do not make films primarily for children.… Read More #ThesisThursday: “Child’s Play or Adult Escapism?: An Ethnographic Study on Animation Film Audiences”

Volunteering at the Kansas City Film Fest 2017

Last week, I was granted the wonderful opportunity to volunteer as a KCFF Film Ambassador for the 21st Kansas City Film Fest. This experience allowed me to meet several inspiring filmmakers as well as view their phenomenal work. The Women Making Movies Panel, composed of guest speakers Nnegest Likké (Director: Everything But a Man), Deborah Dion (Casting Director: The… Read More Volunteering at the Kansas City Film Fest 2017