2015 – 2016 Film Series

Festival Cinema Invisible Film Series

2015 – 2016 Festival Cinema Invisible Film Series

 

Using film as a springboard, the 2015 – 2016 FCI Film series at (Proctor’s GE Theatre in Schenectady, NY) showcased multi-media events (film, music and photography) with Persian food and tea.

The 2015-2016 series, “Pathways To Iran,” featured films, panels discussions and other artistic mediums centered around themes.  This format introduced audiences to various aspects of Iranian culture and aimed to open dialog about Iran – its people and its art.  The film series culminated in the 2016 FCI Film Festival on April 1st, 2016.

 

January 17, 2016 : FCI Film series – Profession: Documentarist – Women and Film in Iran

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Upstate New York-based Festival Cinema Invisible (FCI) continues its monthly series “Pathways to Iran” which explores Persian Culture through film and dialog with a film screening and a panel discussion at Proctor’s GE Theatre on Sunday, January 17th at 4pm.

The event will provide a regional premier of “Profession: Documentarist” (Herfeh, Mostanadsaz – 80 mins.). The film is unusual in both its subject matter and its formatting. Instead of being credited to a single director, the documentary is divided into mini documentaries from seven different directors each talking about some aspect of the personal and professional challenges of being a female independent filmmaker in Iran.

Following the screening will be a panel discussion on the topics raised in film.

Persian style tea and sweets are also included in the $10 admission. Tickets are available at the Proctor’s Box Office or on the Proctor’s website at: http://www.proctors.org/events.

November 13, 2015 : FCI Film series – Silenced Sounds – Music and Censorship in Iran

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Upstate New York-based Festival Cinema Invisible (FCI) continues its monthly series, “Pathways to Iran” exploring Persian Culture through film and dialog with a film screening, live musical performance and a panel discussion with one of the documentary subjects at Proctor’s GE Theatre on Sunday, November 22nd at 4pm.

The night will begin with a performance of international music from capital region group, KoriSoron. The evening will also provide a rare screening of two short documentaries by director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb that share common themes of music and censorship in Iran.

“Back Vocal” (Sedaye Dovom – 40 mins.) explores the prohibition of female solo singing in Iran, and tells the story of female vocalists struggling to be heard 24 years after the Islamic Revolution.

In “Off Beat” (Saze Mokhalef – 45 mins.), a group of fans hold an internet contest for underground rock bands in response to restrictions on performing rock music in Iran.

Following the screening, Farzad Golpayegani, who is featured in this documentary, will be present at the theater as part of a panel to discuss his experience other panelists will include Skype sessions with Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (the director of both films) and Mark Levine the author of the acclaimed book, Heavy Metal Islam.

Persian style tea and sweets are also included in the $10 admission. Tickets are available at the Proctor’s Box Office or online until the close of the event here.

Postscript:

In the skype interview with director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb at this event, Mr. Mirtahmasb mentioned a new film he had completed, “Six Centuries, Six Years”. Here is the information about his films and where you can see them.

“The Internet version of the documentary film “Six Centuries, Six Years” has been published on the website IMVBox.com from Nov. 20, and has become available to those interested who live outside Iran.

IMVBox.com is the authority for publishing Iranian films in the online world that acts according to contracts with Iranian filmmakers and distributors, and is the protector of their moral and material interests. “Lady of the Roses”, “Back Vocal”, “Off Beat” and “The River Still Has Fish” are 4 of my other films that have been presented before “Six Centuries, Six Years” by this website.

Those who live outside Iran and who are interested in watching this film can watch the film in a reasonable quality and with English subtitle in the following website:

https://imvbox.com/…/six-centuries-six-years-shesh-gharn-o-…

All the best,

Mojtaba Mirtahmasb”

September 13, 2015 : Food Stories – Uncommon Recipes, Common Humanity

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Upstate New York-based Festival Cinema Invisible (FCI) kicks off its new series of rarely screened international films at Proctor’s GE Theatre on Sunday, September 13th at 4pm.

The FCI Film series event, Food Stories – Uncommon Recipes, Common Humanity, will begin with a screening of two films from Iran, centered around the theme of food:

  1. “Five Pieces of Iranian Dishes”, directed by Sepideh Abtahi, 54 mins.
  2. “A Perfect Dinner”, directed by Pooria Jahanshad, 8 Mins.

Films will be followed by a panel discussion on food in Iran and culminate in a recipe demonstration and tasting!

$10, tea and food tasting included.  Tickets available at Proctor’s Box Office on online until the close of the event here.

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