10th Annual Persian Arts Festival

Friday, March 18th, 8:30PM – 1AM

at National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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The Persian Arts Festival celebrates 10 years of showcasing the work of hundreds of Iranian American artists from around the world at the prestigious new Brooklyn venue, National Sawdust. The 10th Annual Persian Arts Festival will feature multiple art forms including short films by Iranian Americans, performances by established Persian poets, hosted and curated by Zahra Saed and Sara Goudarzi, the NYC premier of vocalist and daft player, Aida Shahghasemi, who fuses her exquisite Persian classical vocal training with indie-rock tendencies, and Mitra Sumara, a big-band of NYC-based musicians dedicated to Pop/funk music from Pre-Revolutionary Iran.

Space is limited, so we ask that you purchase tickets in advance: http://nationalsawdust.org/event/persian-arts-festival-10th-anniversary-celebration/

THE VENUE  

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It is an honor to bring the Persian Arts Festival to NYC’s iconic National Sawdust, an unparalleled, artist-led venue, hailed by the New York Times as a game-changer in the way new music is presented. www.nationalsawdust.org

FESTIVAL LINEUP:

MUSIC PERFORMANCE by Aida Shahghasemi

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Aida, initially a Daf player, studied with Amir Samadi in Tehran, Iran. She moved from Tehran to Minneapolis in summer of 2000. One unsuspecting summer day back in Tehran, she was pushed to sing on stage by Samadi, and she fell in love with it ever since. Her passion for Persian classical music stems from the cultural identity she craved after immigrating, and the women she met during her years of study. Her senior project at University of Minnesota’s Anthropology department centered around restrictions on the voices of female classical vocalists in Iran, through which she met, interviewed, and studied with Parissa for a short period of 3 months. While residing in NYC, Aida worked with a few non-profit organizations as a teaching artist promoting the arts as a tool for social justice. She created and taught a class called Iran’s Arts Activism centered around the effects of society on art and vise versa, at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. http://www.aidashahghasemi.com/

MUSIC PERFORMANCE by MITRA SUMARA

Mitra Sumara ImageMitra Sumara is New York City’s only Farsi Funk group. This international party band gets down with the vibrant pop and funk music of 60s/70s Iran, an infectious pre-Revolutionary sound which combined the beats of Fela Kuti, salsa, and disco with Middle Eastern melodies and flowery poetry.

Interpreting hits by Iran’s beloved singers Googoosh, Pooran, Aghassi, Leila Forouhar, Nooshafarin, and Zia Atabi’s intoxicating Bandari beat tunes, Mitra Sumara’s repertoire also includes American hits of the era translated into Farsi. East meets West meets East while delighted audiences sing along.

Mitra Sumara’s musicians are among New York City’s top players in the avant-garde, jazz, indie-rock, and Broadway scenes. They include Yvette Perez (vocals), Julian Maile (guitar), Sam Kulik (bass), Michael Evans (drums/congas), Brian Geltner (drums/percussion), Bill Ruyle (hammer dulcimer), Jim Duffy (keyboard), and Peter Zummo (trombone).

Mitra Sumara is the creation of Brooklyn-based half-Iranian lead singer Yvette Perez. Adopted and raised by American parents, Yvette founded the group after studying Farsi and re-uniting with her Iranian birth father just four years ago. This cross-cultural music project is inspired by her family story.

Mitra Sumara has played the John F. Kennedy Center Millenium Stage as well as New York City venues including Le Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn Bowl, WestBeth, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center and Café Nadery, and the Tropicalia Club in Washington, DC.

POETRY 

Curated by Zohra Saed and Sara Goudarzi, this segment of the program will bring poets, authors, scholars of both Iranian and non-Iranian descent together in celebration of Spring, renewal, and rebirth.

Fayre Makeig PhotoIn 2010 Fayre Makeig received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant for a selection of Hushang Ebtehaj’s free verse. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children, two and under, and supports family as a line editor of banal bureaucratese and academic claptrap. She loves spring.

 

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Angelo Verga has been widely published, translated, and anthologized. A former owner of, also longtime literary curator at The Cornelia Street Cafe, Verga has helped to promote poetry as a​​ popular and much-needed art form. His seventh book of poems is Long & Short, including The Street in Your Head (2016) and is available on Amazon.

 

 

Sahar Muradi PhotoSahar Muradi is a writer and performer born in Afghanistan and raised in the U.S. / is co-editor, with Zohra Saed, of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature / is co-founder of the Afghan American Artists and Writers Association / has published in Drunken Boat, dOCUMENTA, phati’tude, Green Mountains Review, elsewhere literary magazine, Bone Bouquet, and The Poetry Project Newsletter / is a Kundiman Poetry Fellow, an AAWW Open City Fellow, and twice recipient of the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award in Poetry / has an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College, an MPA in international development from NYU, and a BA in creative writing from Hampshire College / directs the poetry programs at City Lore / and believes in the bottom of the rice pot.

Ravi Shankar Photo

 

Ravi Shankar is an award-winning poet, editor, translator and professor of writing who founded the international online journal of the arts Drunken Boat, and has published or edited 10 books and chapbooks of poetry. His most recent collection is “What Else Could it Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations.”

 

Soraya ShalforooshSoraya Shalforoosh’s first collection of poetry, This Version of Earth was published by Barrow Street in November 2014. Soraya has been a featured poet in the Journal of the Academy of American Poets Emerging Poet Series, and has had poems and reviews in Tribes.org, Good Foot, Taos Journal, Barrow Street, Skanky Possum, Bomb Magazine, Marlboro Review, WSQ, Can We Have Our Ball Back.com, Shampoo Poetry, Brink: An Anthology of Post Modern American Poetry, Four Corners, Salonika, etc. Soraya has her MFA in Creative Writing from the New School and as an undergraduate at Clark University, won first place in the Prentiss Cheney Hoyt Poetry award. Ms Shalforoosh has been a Writer in Residence at William Paterson University in NJ, a guest poet at Berkeley College in New York, guest speaker at the American Embassy in Algeria. Soraya has performed her poetry with jazz, blues and world music bands in clubs, universities and Central Park.

SHORT FILMS

Short films will be presented that reflect the Iranian heritage, family history, and commemorate our widely celebrated holiday, Norouz.

  1. “Current”

By Nika Khanjani

This short experimental uses re-photography onto black and white 16mm film which was then hand processed (very rough and stinky process using buckets of chemicals and film reels dunked like tangled spagetti in a makeshift darkroom), then digitized for online editing.
I originally called this film Current Landscapes because it was an honest reflection of my inner emotional landscape at that time.
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I have chosen to call my film Current Landscapes because it refers to the inner landscape that exists in each of us, simultaneously particular and universal. Like any study of a landscape, looking at the inner geography requires time, patience, and a steady gaze so that what is subtle and easily overlooked is given significance. This piece is about the excavation and search for memories, images, sounds, impressions and tones that inform who we are. While these memories are of things past, they remain current because they are present in us all the time. Just because we may not remember does not mean that they do not exist. It is simply our choice whether we will sit still long enough to recognize their presence and let them surface in whatever form they exists.
I have chosen to use re-photography of my own family as a method of exploring these landscapes. I spent a great deal of time with a number of photographs that evoked memories of my childhood. I filmed them then hand processed the film in order to create the scratches you see. These scratches are meant to create distance between the viewer and the image, a veil of sorts, because these images are phantom-like, as memories sometimes seem to be. Just out of reach, below the surface, seemingly of another world. To express this visually, I allowed the photos to begin obscurely and out of focus. This represents the initial moments of remembering things from the past—–they are not very clear at first but, with time, may become clearer. The scratches that were the result of rough hand processing added to the visual effect of separation and distance in that even when memories and impressions from our past become clearer, they are still evasive and just out of reach.

 

  1. “Even Gray Feels Blue”

 By Negin Sharifzadeh

No one speaks;
Nothing to say;
Nothing to teach.

Silence is truly the best speech!
– Poem by Ahmad Shamlou, Translated by: Maryam Dilmaghani

“Even Gray Feels Blue” investigates the nature of melancholia and solitude, translating these most intimate and deeply personal feelings into their aesthetic essences. The echoes of the individual move into collective realities. Sorrow becomes social malaise.

The film avoids the structure of story and narrative, built instead as a musical composition, creating an ambiguous psychic space for the viewer to enter. The images have been created in conversation with a composition, The last Turn, by the Iranian master Oud player Negar Bouban, based on “Shabaneh,” a poem by Ahmad Shamlou. Even Gray Feels Blue edited and composited by digital master Harold Moss. Both music and image utilize repetition to create a trance-like dynamic, intensifying the emotional resonance by tapping into memories as individual history and an act of collective remembrance.

 

  1. “Norouz (نوروز) – Songs of Pardis”

By Negar Behbahani & Saloomeh Sayah
www.pardisforchildren.org/

From the Album: Songs of Pardis

Vocals by Hani Niroo
Song written by Negar Behbahani
Arranged and mixed by Salmak Khaledi
Produced by Pardis for Children, Inc.

The most important symbol of Norouz is Sofreh Haft Seen (Haft Seen table setting).
Haft Seen or seven S’s represent the main elements of the sofreh.
Each element has a meaning and is a symbol of what we wish for ourselves, our family and our friends in the new year.
The Seven Symbols
Senjed: Silverberry, symbol of love
Samanoo: Sweet Wheat Pudding, symbol of affluence
Somagh: Sumac (red spice), symbol of patience
Seer: Garlic, symbol of good health
Serkeh: Vinegar, symbol of wisdom
Sabzeh: Sprouts, symbol of growth and rebirth
Seeb: Apple, symbol of beauty

  1. “Imagine Native”

Director: Mina Bozorgmehr & Hadi Kamali Moghadam
Producer: Hadi Kamali Moghadam & Mina Bozorgmehr
Screenwriter: Hadi Kamali Moghadam & Mina Bozorgmehr

This short documentary fiction, tells the legend of Love between man and fairy. It is a journey to the depths of the beliefs, imaginations, and magic of the people from South of Iran, Hormoz island, the land of thousand-colored sands. This short film is the story of a southern artist, called Mousa, who collects the worn out leg-covers of native women from the washed out rubbish on the shore and puts them together to make tableaus that lay the groundwork for a modern legendary story. It has been told that there was a tradition in the past, where Island people would offer the clothes of a dead person to Mother Sea, so she could cleans that person’s soul and …

Imagine native, is a prelude to a longer documentary fiction, called \”Janbal\”, which is in the process of being edited.

  1. Cycles of Lambent Frequencies”

By Negin Sharifzadeh

Animists recognize the spirit of life in every object—a blade of grass, a stone, a brick in a wall. In every nook and cranny,against every wall, life finds its way towards growth and transformation. In this installation, I am taking advantage of light and the technology of projection mapping to reveal to our eyes this magic inside nature in all its manifestations. The sort of magic one imagines transpiring in a clearing hidden deep in the woods, late at night when no humans eyes are there to witness, is instead seen on a wall in SoHo.

A stone face of some ancient deity hangs on a brick wall in the darkening evening. Suddenly, the eyes open. Light flows from her mouth. All the seasons of the year break out at once, sped impossibly up. Green things grow from below. Leaves fall and are blown about. The eyes look around, taking in this explosion of life. Mythic images layer on top of this great fecundity. The light and sounds from all this activity are thrown from the wall to the space around, encapsulating the viewers within this magical place.

As in nature, no sooner is this frenzy reached, then it begins to recede. New growth falls back into the earth. Leaves settle and are absorbed. The eyes grow sleepy, and the light begins to fade. Sleep overcomes the wall, and darkness returns, only to begin the cycle again.

 

9th Annual Persian Arts Festival: Night of Melodic Wanderlust – A Spring Voyage to Celebrate Iranian & American Fusion

Persian Arts Festival 9th Annual Event Flyer

Persian Arts Festival and Drom Present: Night of Melodic Wanderlust – A Spring Voyage to Celebrate Iranian & American Fusion

Persian Arts Festival is proud to announce its 9th annual Nowruz celebration, Night of Melodic Wanderlust, a spring voyage to celebrate Iranian and American fusion, MC’ed by comedienne Susan Peret, featuring Persian-Americana rock from three of the city’s hottest bands. The highly-anticipated event will take place at NYC’s premier global music venue Drom on Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm ET.

Headlining the event will be Vatan a Persian meets Americana, or self-described as, “Iranicana”, group hailed by Aslan Media as one of the top emerging Middle Eastern bands to watch for boldly redefining bi-national American identity in melodic terms.

The evening’s line up will also feature acoustic singer-songwriter flair from opening act Arian Saleh, as well as East-meets-West classical fusions from Persian folk master Navid Kandelousi. Rounded out with Vatan’s signature Perso-country grooves, the three acts create a seamless bridge between Iranian and American fusion, amplifying what it means to empower heritages, pay tribute to family roots and celebrate cultures through musical dialogue.

Advance tickets cost $15 for standing room, $25 for guaranteed seating, and $35 for guaranteed seating with a pre-fixe menu. Door prices are $20 for standing room, $30 for guaranteed seating, and $40 for guaranteed seating with a prix-fixe menu. Tickets can be reserved online at dromnyc.com. The venue will also feature a mini Shurka Bazaar, where guests are invited to peruse through arts, crafts, books, jewelry, and more throughout the event.

Be sure to purchase your tickets HERE in advance as SPACE IS LIMITED! For more info and updates, be sure to RSVP on our facebook event page.

 

Persian Arts Festival Co-Presents MEHREGAN: NYC Literary + Culinary Arts Festival on 10/25/14

NYC Literary and Culinary Arts Festival Highlights Iranian-American Experience 
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 Mehregan is a new Iranian-American literary and culinary arts festival celebrating the ancient Iranian holiday marking the coming of Fall. This first annual New York City-based festival will take place Saturday, October 25, 2014 (11am – 9pm) at Café Nadery in Greenwich Village.

Mehregan honors the change of seasons with a day of events by prominent Iranian-American writers, foodies, and musicians. Authors featured include Tara Bahrampour (Washington Post journalist and author of the memoir To See and See Again), Roger Sedarat (poet and author of Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic), Amir Parsa (author of Divan and Open Epic) and Sara Goudarzi (poetry featured in Taos Journal of International Poetry, Drunken Boat, and The Adirondack Review). Journalist and food writer Leila Darabi (Tehran Bureau, everydaytrash.com) will read and invite participants to be interviewed about their experiences with Iranian cooking.

The festival offers a new take on contemporary Iranian-American culture with personal stories of coming of age, identity, family, nostalgia, and who makes the best tahdig (crunchy rice).

Mehregan will also feature videos of shows from the golden age of Iranian TV, a Pomegranate Peel-Off challenging participants to take apart the convoluted fruit for prizes, and a special performance of Iranian pop/funk hits from the 60s and 70s by members of the Farsi-funk music group, Mitra Sumara. 

“By featuring food, literature and music from Iran and the Iranian diaspora, Mehregan brings together the best that our culture has to offer. New Yorkers of all backgrounds are in for a treat.”
– Leila Darabi, journalist and writer.

Mehregan will broaden people’s understanding of Iranian-American culture and experience. Through accessible and eclectic events, Mehregan will create a collaborative environment that showcases a shared culture.

Café Nadery 16 West 8th Street, New York, NY 

Tickets: $15 / day pass; $40 day pass plus special dinner.

Mehregan is an Iranian-American festival showcasing Iranian-American culture and experience through literary and food memoir readings, contests and interviews, nostalgia films, and music. Produced by Persian Cardinal Productions in partnership with Persian Arts Festival and hosted by Café Nadery. http://cafenaderyny.com/ and http://persianartsfestival.org/ and event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/691382260955821/#

PAF Presents: SHURKA BAZAAR – following NY Persian Parade

shurkaheaderOn April 14, 2013, in honor of Persian Parade’s 10th year anniversary, Shurka Bazaar will transform Madison Avenue, alongside Madison Square Park, into an urban oasis.  A Persian Bazaar of ancient times.  A fantastical experience of being transported to a destination through a cultural immersion, vivid as a memory and true to the imagination, yet far from anything one has ever experienced.

The event is free to the general public and is being held on Sunday, April 14, from 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Madison Avenue between 23rd and 26th Street.  Shurka Bazaar will attract a widely diverse audience that are global-minded and culture seeking consumers.  We anticipate over 140,000 visitors.  Immediate awareness and hype will be generated by our marketing campaign, thus delivering your brand to the savvy urban consumer.

Featured vendors include:

We are looking for all kinds of interesting vendors, Persian and non-Perisan vendors.  If you are interested in more info, please contact us.

 

March 30th! 7th Annual Persian New Year Celebration: Persian Music Intersects with 70s Funk | Jazz & Blues | Country

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NYC’s Persian Arts Festival, Inc. (PAF), an organization devoted to providing a platform for Persian artists and visionaries, joins forces with Le Poisson Rouge and other Persian cultural organizations to present a New Year extravaganza featuring Persian fusion from three of the city’s top-tiered bands.  Purchase tickets on LPR’s website.  Get up to date info on our Facebook event page.

The evening will be full of musical surprise and delight, featuring rare Persian grooves by DJ Payam, Rana Farhan’s unique blend of classic Persian poetry with contemporary jazz and blues, Vatan’s Persian-meets-country-rock sounds and a blast into the past with Mitra Sumara’s super group of New York City musicians that pay homage to the vibrant pop and funk music of 60s/70s Iran.  This year’s event is sponsored by the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS – www.simorgh-aiis.org), Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA – www.paaia.org) and Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB – http://www.iranianalliances.org/).

“Norooz”, literally translated as “New Day” in Farsi, is a holiday celebrated around the Spring Equinox by Persians, Kurds, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, Parsis, and other ethnic communities.  Norooz not only marks the rejuvenation of the earth but it also allows people to gather and share in their unique traditions.  New York City is the perfect city for the occasion, and the Persian Arts Festival Annual New Year Celebration is a guaranteed way to usher in the spring season with outstanding Persian traditional and contemporary arts and culture.

 

The Official Pre-Persian Parade Celebration at Greenhouse!

PAF is proud to sponsor this pre-Persian Parade extravaganza!

See up to date event details on the Facebook Page

Purchase Tickets Here.

This action-packed and exciting evening will feature:
– Delicious Complimentary Persian Appetizers from Ravagh Restaurant
– Professional Iranian and International Musical Programming by celebrity DJ’s Alex and Amirhttps://www.facebook.com/AlexandAmir
– A special raffle to win tickets to BE ON A PARADE FLOAT!
– Exclusive Persian dance performance
– Exclusively from Washington DC: Celebrity FunnyMan and Master of Ceremonies MC Tehran So Parvaz
– Centrally located venue with three (3) beautifully furnished and fully staffed floors, opulent and plush interiors, and 3 dance floors! http://greenhouseusa.com/

EVENT DETAILS
Event: The OFFICIAL Pre-N.Y. Persian Parade celebration fundraiser sponsored by SJ-NY, PAAIA NexGen, PAF, and NIPONY
Time/Date: Saturday 4/14, 7PM – 12AM
Location: Greenhouse USA 150 Varick S b/w Spring St.& Vandam St.
Admission: $15 General Admission (cash only), $10 Students with ID
Dress Code: Semi Formal Attire; Men wear Suits, Ladies cocktail chic
Age Limit: 21 + over
Parking: There is easy street parking and parking lots within 2 blocks

EVENT AGENDA
7:00pm – Cocktails/Networking – First time guests are encouraged to arrive early to meet current members.
8:00pm – Persian appetizers will be served.
9:00pm – MC Tehran greets Guests, introduces Special Persian Dance Performance – and An exclusive preview of “What’s to come” at the Persian Parade.
9:30pm – 12:00am DJ’s Alex and Amir start their musical program and rock the house with the latest in Persian and international music, so get ready to dance!

Our party will be moved to the downstairs lounge at 11:00PM, join us as we continue to celebrate and show our support for such a great Iranian cultural organization. Our guests are GUARANTEED entry from 7pm – 10:30pm, after which time the venue will open to the public. Please arrive on time!

The Film Society of LINCOLN CENTER presents the 49th edition of the NCY’s most prestigious films festival…

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (49TH ANNUAL NYFF)

Setpember 30 – October 16

at Alice Tully Hall, the Walter Reade Theatre, and Elinor Bunim Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center

for a full list of films and ticket information, go to http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011

The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.  Now in its 49th year, the festival’s main slate includes 27 films that will screen in the incomparable Alice Tully Hall from September 30 – October 16. THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL INCLUDES TWO IRANIAN FILMS we think you might be particularly excited about!

• A SEPARATION by Asghar Farhadi

Saturday, Oct 1: 6:00 pm | Sunday, Oct 2: 1:00 pm

SEPARATION ImageA critical and audience favorite at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear as well as acting prizes for all four lead performers, A Separation is an Iranian Rashomon of searing family drama that turns into an unexpectedly gripping legal thriller. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, begins with married couple Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) obtaining coveted visas to leave Iran for the United States, where Simin hopes to offer a better future to their 11-year-old daughter. But Nader doesn’t feel comfortable abandoning his elderly, Alzheimer’s-stricken father, and so the couple embark on a trial separation. To help care for the old man, Nader hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat), a pregnant, deeply religious woman who takes the job unbeknownst to her husband (Shahab Hosseini), an out-of-work cobbler. Almost immediately there are complications, culminating in a sudden burst of violence that constantly challenges our own perceptions of who (if anyone) is to blame and what really happened. A Sony Pictures Classics release. More info: http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/a-separation

COUNTRY: IRAN | PERSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | RUNNING TIME: 123M

• THIS IS NOT A FILM by Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Thursday, Oct 13: 6:00 pm

THIS IS NOT A FILM imageAccused of collusion against the Iranian regime and currently appealing a prison sentence and a ban from filmmaking, Jafar Panahi (a four-time NYFF veteran with films like Offside and Crimson Gold) collaborated with the documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb on a remarkable day-in-the-life chronicle that, as with many great Iranian films, finds a rich middle ground between fiction and reality. Shot with a digital camera and an iPhone, the movie is almost entirely confined to the director’s apartment, where he discusses his films and an unrealized script, while the outside world imposes itself through phone calls, television news, a few comic interruptions, and the sound of New Year’s fireworks. Far more than the modest home movie it initially seems to be, This Is Not a Film is an act of courage and a statement of political and moral conviction: surprising, radical, and enormously moving. More info: http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/this-is-not-a-film

In addition, the 49th New York Film Festival will include more special screenings and events than ever before.  From debuts to forums to industry dialogues, the Film Society of Lincoln Center can’t wait to bring you a truly 360-degree view of the film world today.  Stay tuned for even more additions to this exciting list of programs!

http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/nyff-special-events

Film Society of Lincoln Center

165 West 65th Street

between Broadway and Amsterdam

the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater is on 65th Street near Amsterdam Avenue.

Buy Ticketes ONLINE here: http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011/pages/ticket-info/

VISIT OUR BOX OFFICES

Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65th Street, north side/upper level

Monday-Friday opens at 12:30pm, Saturday/Sunday opens one half hour before the first screening. Closes every day 15 minutes after the start of the last show. If there are no evening screenings, the box office closes at 6pm. For more information call 212 875 5601 during hours of operation.

The Film Society of LINCOLN CENTER presents the 49th edition of the NCY’s most prestigious films festival…
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (49TH ANNUAL NYFF)
Setpember 30 – October 16
at Alice Tully Hall, the Walter Reade Theatre, and Elinor Bunim Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center
for a full list of films and ticket information, go to http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011
The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.  Now in its 49th year, the festival’s main slate includes 27 films that will screen in the incomparable Alice Tully Hall from September 30 – October 16.
THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL INCLUDES TWO IRANIAN FILMS we think you might be particularly excited about!
• A SEPARATION by Asghar Farhadi
A critical and audience favorite at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear as well as acting prizes for all four lead performers, A Separation is an Iranian Rashomon of searing family drama that turns into an unexpectedly gripping legal thriller. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, begins with married couple Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Peyman Moadi) obtaining coveted visas to leave Iran for the United States, where Simin hopes to offer a better future to their 11-year-old daughter. But Nader doesn’t feel comfortable abandoning his elderly, Alzheimer’s-stricken father, and so the couple embark on a trial separation. To help care for the old man, Nader hires Razieh (Sareh Bayat), a pregnant, deeply religious woman who takes the job unbeknownst to her husband (Shahab Hosseini), an out-of-work cobbler. Almost immediately there are complications, culminating in a sudden burst of violence that constantly challenges our own perceptions of who (if anyone) is to blame and what really happened. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
COUNTRY: IRAN | PERSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | RUNNING TIME: 123M
Sat Oct 1: 6:00 pm | Sun Oct 2: 1:00 pm
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/a-separation
• THIS IS NOT A FILM by Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Accused of collusion against the Iranian regime and currently appealing a prison sentence and a ban from filmmaking, Jafar Panahi (a four-time NYFF veteran with films like Offside and Crimson Gold) collaborated with the documentarian Mojtaba Mirtahmasb on a remarkable day-in-the-life chronicle that, as with many great Iranian films, finds a rich middle ground between fiction and reality. Shot with a digital camera and an iPhone, the movie is almost entirely confined to the director’s apartment, where he discusses his films and an unrealized script, while the outside world imposes itself through phone calls, television news, a few comic interruptions, and the sound of New Year’s fireworks. Far more than the modest home movie it initially seems to be, This Is Not a Film is an act of courage and a statement of political and moral conviction: surprising, radical, and enormously moving.
Thu Oct 13: 6:00 pm
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/on-sale/this-is-not-a-film
In addition, the 49th New York Film Festival will include more special screenings and events than ever before.  From debuts to forums to industry dialogues, the Film Society of Lincoln Center can’t wait to bring you a truly 360-degree view of the film world today.  Stay tuned for even more additions to this exciting list of programs!
http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/nyff-special-events
Film Society of Lincoln Center
165 West 65th Street
between Broadway and Amsterdam
the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater is on 65th Street near Amsterdam Avenue.
Buy Ticketes ONLINE here: http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2011/pages/ticket-info/
VISIT OUR BOX OFFICES
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, north side/upper level
Monday-Friday opens at 12:30pm, Saturday/Sunday opens one half hour before the first screening. Closes every day 15 minutes after the start of the last show. If there are no evening screenings, the box office closes at 6pm. For more information call 212 875 5601 during hours of operation.

5th Annual Persian Arts Festival — MARCH 26 — TICKETS ON SALE NOW

5th Annual Persian Arts Festival
Saturday, March 26, 2011
6pm doors; 7pm show

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92YTribeca 200 Hudson Street, New York City
Tickets on sale now http://www.92y.org/shop/92Tri_series_detail.asp?productid=T-MM5PM99

EARLY SHOW:

“Our Sweet Life by the Pacific Ocean” stage reading starring Shohreh Aghdashloo and Houshang Touzie
*World Premier*
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http://www.92y.org/shop/92Tri_event_detail.asp?productid=T-MM5PM10

From the acclaimed writer, producer and actor, Houshang Touzie, comes the hilarious story about an Iranian man struggling to provide for his family, revive the passion in his marriage and communicate with a rebellious son raised far from what once was “home.” Join us at 92YTribeca for this concert-style reading, starring the Emmy award-winning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo and Touzie himself.

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Directed by Shidan Majidi and produced by Noor Theatre and Persian Arts Festival, this is an event not to be missed.

LATE SHOW:

Richard Jeffrey Newman / Amir Vahab / Like a Phoenix From the Ashes / DJ Payam

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A celebration of Persian arts and culture featuring literature, music and film.

Starting off the late show portion of the night, Richard Jeffrey Newman http://www.richardjnewman.com reads from The Teller of Tales (Junction Press), his newly published translation of the first five kings’ stories in Ferdowsi’s Shahnahmeh.

Hailed by The New York Times as the “ambassador for a silenced music,” Amir Vahab is one of New York’s most celebrated and distinguished composer / vocalists of traditional sufi and folk music and will perform a spectacular set of music featuring songs of the Ancient land of the Middle East.

Pomegranates calligraphyRounding out the night will be a screening of “Like A Phoenix From The Ashes” — a psychedelic visual feast of ultra-rare and vintage film from ’60s/’70s Iran, culled and curated from hundreds of hours and endless stacks of VHS and film of flicks from the pre-revolution glory years. Curated by Mahssa Taghinia and Tom Fitzgerald, edited and “collaged” by Tom Fitzgerald, and soundtracked with an exclusive Persian mash-up mix done by Finders Keepers founder Andy Votel. The music paired with this rare film footage can be found on the critically acclaimed release “Pomegranates” featuring Persian folk and funk that will have everyone on their feet.

Musical ambiance will also be provided by DJ Payam throughout the evening, spinning rare grooves from around the globe.

Art Installation: A PAF original Haftseen, showcasing a collection of artwork creating a one-of-a-kind public display. The Haftseen, or the seven ‘S’s is a traditional celebratory table setting of Norooz, the Persian New Year. The items symbolically correspond to seven creations and sacred immortals protecting them. Curated by PAF Art Director, Pooneh Maghazehe.

FESTIVAL SPONSORS
AIIrS American Institute of Iranian Studies

PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS
New York University Persian Club

IAAB Iranian Alliances Across Borders
PAAIA Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans
CISA Columbia Iranian Students Association

FOLKS TO THANK FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS
Noor Theater, 92Y Tribeca & all their staff,more to come,,,adding more everyday!

Iranian Theater Festival – 3/3 – 3/26, Brooklyn, NY

Iranian Theater Festival

Iran is one of the oldest civilizations in history. Persian theater, influenced by Arab, Assyrian, and other cultures of the Middle East, has created many rich traditions of performance from ancient times through the modern day. Yet this vibrant heritage remains woefully underrepresented on American stages.

The Brick proposes to expand the boundaries of this cultural moment, and collaborate with Iranian theater artists in the US and abroad, by hosting and producing the first festival in New York devoted solely to Iranian Theater.

The festival will include plays in Persian and English, such as Something Something Über Alles written by Iranian exile and Hellman/Hammett Grant–winner Assurbanipal Babilla, Two Stories That End in Suicide by Piehole (inspired by Sadegh Hedayet’sThe Blind Owl), a preview excerpt from Brendan Regimbal and Samara Naeymi’sAviary, Leila Ghaznavi’s Silken Veils, newly-commissioned contemporary works from Iranian-based playwrights and participants of the Fadjr International Theatre Festival, and a special celebration of the traditional Iranian New Year’s holiday, Nowruz.

A special celebration of the late theater legend Reza Abdoh will include exclusive screenings of complete films of his original productions The Hip-Hop Waltz of Eurydice and Quotations from a Ruined City with special panel discussions by Dar a Luz company members, including Sabrina Artel, Juliana Francis-Kelly, and Tony Torn.

Tickets: $15 (unless otherwise indicated)