Bahman Maghsoudlou: Biography

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Film scholar/critic Bahman Maghsoudlou, recipient of Iran’s prestigious Forough Farrokhzad literary award (1974), is the author of Iranian Cinema, (NYU, 1987) and Grass: Untold Stories, about the making of Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life, (Mazda, 2008).
He has been a panelist, juror and lecturer at a wide variety of film festivals, as well as serving as president of the juries at the Ibn Arabi Festival in Spain, 2012, and the Montreal World Film Festival, 2014.
His films as director and/or producer, both features and documentaries, have been selected for over 100 festivals, garnering many awards.
Maghsoudlou has directed six documentaries, notably Abbas Kiarostami: A Report, which premiered at the 2014 Montreal World Film Festival.
His productions include: Amir Naderi’s Manhattan by Numbers (Venice, Toronto, London, Chicago, New York 1993), Seven Servants with the legendary Anthony Quinn (Locarno (Grand Piazza), Montréal, Toronto, 1996), Bahman Ghobadi’s Life in Fog (1998), the most awarded short documentary in Iranian Cinema history, and Silence of the Sea, winner of six prizes, and selected for over 20 festivals, including Sundance 2004.
Having organized the first ever Iranian Film Festival in New York in 1980, he originated the International Short Film Festival: Independent Films on Iran, held in October 2007 at Manhattan’s Asia Society.
A graduate in cinema studies from the City University of New York and recipient of a PhD from Columbia, Maghsoudlou lives in New York.

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Bahman Maghsoudlou: Biography

 Film scholar and critic Bahman Maghsoudlou is the recipient of Iran’s prestigious Forough Farrokhzad literary award for writing and editing a series of books about cinema and theater. These include the widely acclaimed IranianCinema, which was published in 1987 by New York University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He has also authored Love & Liberty in Cinema and published a collection of interviews with eleven major filmmakers entitled This Side of the Mind & the Other Side of the Pupil. Mr. Maghsoudlou is a member of PEN American.

Maghsoudlou’s activities involving international cinema further include participation as panelist, juror and lecturer at a wide variety of film festivals, including the San Francisco Film Festival, the Tri-Continental Festival (Nantes, France), the Margaret Mead Festival in New York, and the Message to Man Festival in St. Petersburg (Russia). He also served as president of the jury at the 2012 Ibn Arabi Film Festival (IBAFF) in Spain and Montreal World Film Festival in 2014.

His short documentary Ardeshir Mohasses and His Caricatures (1972), which was shown at the Leipzig Film Festival in 1996, and Ahmad Mahmoud: A Noble Novelist (2004), about the important Iranian novelist, were both made as part of a series about renowned Iranian artists (it premiered at the Berlin Asian Pacific Film Festival and was selected for ISIS and MESA in 2004 and the 15th Annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema at the UCLA Film & Television Archive Film Festival in 2005. The second in the Renowned Iranian Artists series, Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet of Liberty was honored with the Stig Dagerman Award in Sweden in 1999, and the fourth, Iran Darroudi: the Painter of Ethereal Moments, was premiered at Leipzig film festival in 2010.

Maghsoudlou continues to be prolific in his production of documentaries. He made another updated film about Ardeshir Mohasses entitled Ardeshir: The Rebellious Artist that premiered at the Palm Beach Film Festival and MESA in 2013, and a feature length film, Abbas Kiarostami: A Report, about the style and vision of the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker that premiered at the Montreal Film Festival, 2013. This film was the first of a series of films entitled Iranian Cinema: Searching for the Roots.

These are in addition to his ongoing workon the historical documentary, The Life & Legacy of Mohammad Mossadegh.

As a producer Maghsoudlou’s films have been selected for more than 100 major film festivals and include The Suitors (Cannes, 1988), Manhattan by Numbers (Venice, Toronto, 1993), Seven Servants (Locarno, Toronto, 1996), and Life in Fog (1998), the single most awarded short documentary in the history of Iranian Cinema. His production Silence of the Sea won the Ecumenical Prize at the Mannheim Film Festival in 2003, Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Croatia Film Festival in 2004 and Best Music at the Asia/Pacific Film Festival. It was also selected for more than 20 other festivals including the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.

Having organized the first-ever Iranian Film Festival in New York in 1980, he founded the International Short Film Festival: Independent Films on Iran, which was held in October 2007 at Asia Society in New York.

Maghsoudlou’s latest book, Grass: Untold Stories, was published in late 2008 and immediately received excellent reviews from the Middle East Journal and the Review of Middle East Studies. It was a definitive account of the making of Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life, the groundbreaking documentary filmed by Merian Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack and Marguerite Harrison in Iran in 1924. An Farsi edition was published in 2011.

A graduate in cinema studies from the City University of New York with a PhD from Columbia, Maghsoudlou lives in New York.

 

Bahman Maghsoudlou: Filmography

Shorts

1- Ardeshir Mohasses & His Caricatures

(W/D/P,Documentary, Iran, 20 min., 1972).

-Shown at various film festivals, including the 1996 Leipzig Film Festival.

 

2- Life in Fog (Zedegi Dar Meh)

Dir: Bahman Ghobadi

(Executive Producer, Documentary, 28 min. Iran /USA, 1998).

-Featured in more than thirty international film festivals throughout 1999-2000, including Clermont-Ferrand, the Cannes of short films. Winner of fifteen international awards, this film is the most awarded short/documentary film in the history of Iranian Cinema.

 

3-The Other Side of the Broken Wall

Dir: Behrouz Maghsoudlou

(Producer, Fiction, Iran/USA, 2006)

-Selected for International Short Film Festival: Independent Films on Iran, NY, 2007

 

4-SmoQing

Dir: Daryush Shokof

(Producer, Fiction, Germany/USA, 2007)

-Selected for International Short Film Festival: Independent Films on Iran, NY, 2007

 

Features

 

As producer

 

1Manhattan by Numbers

Dir: Amir Naderi

(Executive Producer, USA, 1993).

-Premiered at New Films/New Directors at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1993. Also Venice, San Sebastian, London, Toronto, Chicago, Thessaloniki, Montreal, Cairo, and many more.

 

2- Seven Servants

Dir: Daryush Shokof

(Producer, Germany/USA, 1996).

– Premiered at the Locarno Film Festival (Grand Pizza) 1996. Also Toronto, Kiev,     

Thessaloniki, Montreal, Cairo, India, etc.

 

3-Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet of Liberty

(Producer, Iran/USA, 1998).

-Selected for MESA ‘1999 (The Middle East Studies Association of North America) SIRA 2000, ISIS 2000, Iranian Diaspora Film Festival in New York, 2002.

 

4- Surviving Paradise

Dir: Kamshad Kushan

(Producer, USA, 1999).

-Premiered at the Cairo International Film Festival and International Film Festival of India, New Delhi.

 

5-Ta’zieh in Another Narration

Dir: Parviz Jahed

(EP, , documentary, Iran/USA, 2001).

– Premiered in New York at the NYU Arab/Iranian Film Festival, 2001.  CIRA, MESA 2001, ISIS 2002, the Popoli Film Festival, Italy 2003, and the Tiburon Film Festival, USA, 2004.

 

6- Silence of the Sea

Dir; Vahid Mousaian

(P/EP, Iran/USA, 2003).

-Selected for more than twenty international film festivals, including Sundance 2004. Winner of Ecumenical Prize at the Mannheim Film Festival 2003, Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Croatia Film Festival 2004, and Best Music at the Asian/Pacific Film Festival.

 

7-Asudem

Dir: Daryush Shokof

(Associate Producer, Germany/USA, 2007)

 

Director/Writer/Producer

All are Documentaries.

 

1-Ahmad Mahmoud: A Noble Novelist

(W/D/P, 55 min. Iran/USA, 2004).

-Premiered at the Berlin Asian Pacific Film Festival, 2004

-MESA Film Festival, 2004

-The 15th Annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema, UCLA Film & Television Archive Film Festival, USA, 2005.

 

2-Iran Darroudi: the Painter of Ethereal Moments

(D/P, 54 min., Iran/France/USA, 2010)

-Leipzig Film Festival, Germany, 2010

-Ibn Arabi, Spain, Film Festival, 2011

 

3-Ardeshir Mohasses: The Rebellious Artist

(D/W/P, 59 min. Iran/USA, 2012)

-Selected for the Palm Beach Film Festival, 2013

-Selected for MESA Film Festival, 2013

 

4-Abbas Kiarostami: A Report

(W/D/P, 88 min. Iran/USA,2013)

-World Premier, Montreal World Film Festival, 2013

-EPOS, the International Art Film Festival, 2014

-Iranian San Francesco Film Festival, 2014

-Cineteca Natinonale, Rome, Italy, 2014

-MESA Film Festival, Washington DC, 2014

-Film & Anthropology, Boston University, 2015

5-The Legacy of Iranian Actresses

(W/D/P, 130 min. Iran/USA,2016)

Other

 

1- The Suitors

Dir: Ghasem Ebrahimian

(Actor, USA, 1988).

– Screened for the director’s fortnight at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, and selected for other prestigious film festivals.

 

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