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“Trust Me!” he roared. I glanced briefly down to check my footing. I had driven the entire day through sweltering desert heat with several large, full gas canisters filled to the brim jostling in the back of my little Citroen 2cv truckette. We were in the midst of the seventies oil crisis and could only buy gas on odd or even days depending on the last number of our license plates. But I was twenty-something, and nothing was going to stop me from driving to some house, somewhere in Cave Creek, Arizona where I would wait alone for hours in…

“Don’t follow trends, start trends” was the lesson Frank Capra instilled upon us all when he accepted the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 1982. While other filmmakers of his day were unspooling mindless musicals, burlesque comedy and gangland shoot em’ ups, Mr. Capra was making films focused on his undying faith in the uplifting of the human condition by highlighting the actions one individual can make upon the community. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Meet John Doe, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and my favorite, It’s A Wonderful Life all illustrate the conflict of the Good Man in Society v.…

I was having the most fun I ever had with my clothes on. Finally I had created a working environment where I was producing a project that I had written, was directing and also performing in. It parallel the theme to one of my favorite films of all time; François Truffaut’s “Day for Night”. It is Truffaut’s , journal of a filmmaker as he battles against the forces of nature and man’s innermost primal passions of survival and self-destruction. His cinematic journey swings like a pendulum in a tornado. In the end, he completes his film. Not like he envisioned.…

Last week I saw “Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále”, “I Served The King of England“ in a film club in the heart of Prague. The film is directed by JiÅ™í Menzel and the impression that it evoked in me was a mixture of amazement, nostalgia, and happiness. I was glad I didn t miss it. Scenes in the film brought back the world from the beginning of the 20th century that promised so much and opened the gates of the modern age and then produced two great tragedies. On the background of art nouveau, where everyday life has its grace and…

NY-based Animator and Art Director In 1999 Zartosht Soltani graduated from Fine Arts at Azad University of Arts at Tehran. One year later he moved to New York where he is now working as art director and illustrator for an animation studio called FlickerLab. There he works on different projects such as cartoons, TV commercials and broadcast design. Shohreh Jandaghian- What is your educational background and what prompted you to move into a career in animation? Zartosht Soltani- I started painting back home in Iran when I was a kid about 8 or 9… but I was always into animation…

When people talk about film, the first word that comes to mind it’s Hollywood. But believe it or not, before the “H Town”, other cities in countries around the world where not just pioneering but taking this new media to boundaries that sometimes we now take for granted. Argentina was one of the first. Cinema arrived in Argentina soon after being launched in Paris and, in a short time, the first national productions started to be shot. Among other attractions, there were world-class pioneers in scientific and animation movies. But the true industry started only in 1933, with the establishment…

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