Browsing: Other Arts

When an American anthropologist is kidnapped in Baghdad by seemingly ruthless fundamentalists, an exchange of ideas with his captors evolves into a spiritual quest for the meaning of faith. The Whitefire Theatre presents the world premiere of Infidel by Christopher Vened. The playwright directs for a Sept. 1 opening at the Whitefire Theatre, where performances will continue though Oct. 7. A suspense thriller that explores religious superstition and terrorism in the name of Islam versus unscrupulous Western imperialism and war mongering, Infidel stars Ted Monte (Circus Kane, The Young and the Restless) as John Norton, a specialist in early literature…

Los Angeles, CA – July 12, 2018 – Composer Ramin Djawadi has today earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series Original Dramatic Score. Having crafted outstanding musical scores for two television juggernauts in Game of Thrones and Westworld, Ramin will be honored with dueling nominations in the same category. Ramin was previously nominated for an Emmy in 2017 for his Main Title Theme Music on Westworld. https://youtu.be/rSMO4pHe3HE “I am so honored to be a part of both Game of Thrones and Westworld,” Ramin said about the nominations. “They are two of the most groundbreaking shows on TV. The fact that I get to…

Despite daily anomalies of life in Tehran metropolis, every night there about two hundred theater performances around the city. It is unbelievable that most of the old historic homes have been rebuilt into close to standard theater halls… and of course an attractive coffee shop helps to have these theaters packed with audiences and young generation that helps to booming the soul of this art. When I look around I don’t see that many people of my age, even for having a good time what could be better than watching a good play. *** “Yerma, a Concert/Play” Patiently I rush…

A group of European theatre festival organizer who recently visited Iran have praised the Iranian theatre audiences saying these people are ‘wonderful’ in terms of their enthusiasm and reactions to what they see on the stage. During their 4-day stay in Tehran, seven European theatre festival organizers held talks with a number of Iranian theatrical figures and watched several Iranian plays. Ways to introduce Iranian theatre troupes to international festivals were discussed at the meetings. In addition, the delegation pledged to provide the grounds for some performances by European troupes in Iran. The European group visited Iran last month to…

Tara Violet Niami is an award winning, internationally exhibited Australian-Iranian American cinematographer and photographer. Tara’s solo exhibition,TARA VIOLET NIAMI: SELF REFLECTIONS- 2008-2018 of 10 years of her self portraiture at The Lodge. Her self portraits are visually cinematic explorations of vulnerability, inner darkness, and how it feels to be caught in a dream. You can view her work at www.taravioletniami.com In high school Tara won the national gold medal in the Scholastic awards as well as silver medals for her photography, and then won first place in the Spotlight Awards for photography in Southern California. Tara received a BFA in…

A group of seasonal agitators who seem to surface every time there is a film relating to Rajputs. A filmmaker with a grandiose vision of making yet another historical spectacle. Two men in sharp suits who sit in TV studios and pass judgment on the nationalist credentials of the vast mass who sits outside breathing less hallowed air. And a ministry of information and broadcasting and a central board of certification which plays mute witness to ugly and rancid threats of mutilation and decapitation. The result? One of the most seasoned filmmakers in the country and one of the biggest…

Jakarta. The two-day Akatara Indonesian Film Financing Forum, jointly held by the Creative Economy Agency, or Bekraf, and the Indonesian Film Council, or BPI, kicked off on Wednesday (15/11) at the Grand Mercure Hotel Harmoni in Central Jakarta, featuring 40 film projects. Akatara itself is Bekraf’s inaugural film pitching and business matchmaking event. The projects, whose budgets ranged from Rp 20 million- Rp 20 billion ($1.48 million), are set to be pitched to 50 local and foreign participating investors and other buyers, such as distribution and exhibition agents. Out of the 40 films, 12 special projects were presented, 10 of which…

On November 15th, Butterfly Buzz will present the premiere collaboration of Israeli singer, Yasmin Levy, together with three Iranian guest artists Faramarz Aslani, Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and Hamed Nikpay at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA, a delicately restored 1920’s movie palace originated by Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin in the heart of historic downtown Los Angeles. To learn more about this event we had an interview with Bita Milanian, The Executive Produce of Art Unites event. https://vimeo.com/242431277 Yasmin Levy is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, deeply steeped in the traditions of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) music, a disappearing musical legacy of the Sephardic…

On November 15th, Butterfly Buzz will present the premiere collaboration of Israeli singer, Yasmin Levy, together with three Iranian guest artists Faramarz Aslani, Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and Hamed Nikpay at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA, a delicately restored 1920’s movie palace originated by Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin in the heart of historic downtown Los Angeles. Yasmin Levy is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, deeply steeped in the traditions of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) music, a disappearing musical legacy of the Sephardic Jewish communities driven from Spain in the late 15th century. Her unique style includes a wide range of influences with…

Tahmineh Milani, acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter, is working on a screenplay adaption of a fictional book on teens entitled ‘The Percipient population of Planet Ourac’. Written by Fariba Kalhor, author of children and young adults’ books, it is a story about a planet in the vicinity of Earth of almost the same size. The planet’s residents, who can become invisible via some magic gas emanating from a tree, are smart and live in a developed and industrialized environment. One of them is Adapa who orders a telescope to help him accomplish his mission. Through the telescope he sees…

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