Press Release by NOOR Film Festival
NOOR Captivates Audience By Recognizing Iranian Culture In Cinematic Arts
Los Angeles (October 14, 2014) - The 7th Noor Iranian Film Festival-a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization that bridges the gap between the Iranian and Non-Iranian community through Cinema-will present the NIFF 2014 Reza Badiyi Achievement Award to Shaun Toub for his broad contributions in film and television, at this year’s Closing Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7pm, at Los Angeles’ famed Skirball Cultural Center (2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard). Presenting the award will be Bob Yari, Producer of "Crash", "The Illusionist" and "Hostage".
Toub was raised in Manchester, England and is a proud USC Alumni. Through a chance encounter with a talent agent, he broke into the Hollywood scene with hope in his heart and a natural talent to entertain. Toub has received accolades for several of his appearances in over 100 television episodes including Seinfeld, The Sopranos, ER, Just Shoot Me!, Nash Bridges, JAG, The Bold and the Beautiful, Married with Children and various movies made for television. His filmography includes his memorable performance in "Bad Boys", "Broken Arrow", "The Last Airbender", "Iron Man", "Kite Runner", "Iron Man 3", and Oscar-winning film "Crash". His recent work includes playing Majid Javadi in Season 3 of Homeland and upcoming films Stretch and Papa in which he plays Ernest Hemingway’s best friend, Evan Shipman. As a proud Iranian, Shaun plays an active role in his community. Through various charity events and public speaking engagements, he inspires the community to embrace the arts.
"We are thrilled to present Shaun Toub with the 2014 Reza Badiyi Achievement Award. He is a remarkable actor and a kind man. His commitment, dedication to cherishing and representing our community has shined the brightest light on Iranian-Americans," said Siamak Ghahremani, Co-Founder and Director of The Noor Film Festival.
This year’s festival will feature screenings of 36 features, documentaries, animations and shorts from October 17th - 22nd at Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills. Each film features a theme about Iran and/or Iranian talent-either in front of or behind the camera. Past standout films at the festival include “Circumstance," directed by Maryam Keshavarz, 2011 Sundance winners and "A Separation", directed by Asghar Farhadi, winner of 2012 Academy Awards.
Official Selection highlights at this year’s festival include "Appropriate Behavior" by Filmmaker’s 25 New Faces in Film Director Desiree Akhavan, "Closed Curtain", co-directed by Jafar Panahi, Still Here, Starring Shohreh Aghdashloo and Director's Spotlight Maziar Baharion then talking about the director’s spotlight being on Maziar Bahari, the inspiration behind John Stewart's documentary, "Rosewater".
This year’s jury features Catherine Dent, known for Dani Sofer in The Shield, Omid Abtahi, in upcoming installment of "The Hunger Games" and Mahnaz Afshar, known for "Shoure Eshgh" (Passion of Love).
Seven years young, NIFF’s influence in the Iranian Filmmaker’s Community continues to grow. Last year’s festival saw the largest participation in Noor history, hosting over 25 officially selected films from filmmakers worldwide. Through the appreciation of filmmaking, Noor successfully shines its light over the Iranian culture and heritage.
Tickets are available online at www.noorfilmfestival.com or by calling the NIFF office at 310.281.5575. Prices range from $85 for a screening pass, $95 GA tickets for the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony, or $150 for both Screening Pass and Red Carpet Awards Ceremony. For a complete 2014 festival line-up and schedule, please visit www.noorfilmfestival.com.
A non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization, the Noor Iranian Film Festival (NIFF) was created to shed light, or ‘noor,’ on Persian culture, helping to express the beauty of a culture that is commonly misportrayed in mainstream media. In 2005, Iranian-born Siamak Ghahremani co-founded the festival (with actor Anthony Azizi), and the inaugural international event occurred in 2007. The mission for the festival is to educate the non-Iranian community about the culture and heritage of Iranians around the world through the medium of cinema. Not without challenges, the festival supports filmmakers whose voice cannot be heard inside of Iran and around the world.
The NIFF hosts premieres, networking events, and panel discussions and ends with the closing night Awards Ceremony held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. The event is also dedicated to cultivating and promoting Iranian-American talent in Hollywood. Screenings are held at the Laemmle Music Hall (9036 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California). For more information, please visit www.noorfilmfestival.com.
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