Maryam Keshavarz

Moving Image, 2015

Maryam Keshavarz received her MFA from NYU’s Tisch School in film direction. While a student Maryam made two critically acclaimed films: her short film The Day I Died garnered festival accolades including the Gold Teddy and Jury Award at the Berlin International Film Festival; her feature documentary The Color of Love was feted at the International Documentary Association and Full Frame Festival and was broadcast internationally. Maryam’s first narrative feature, Circumstance, premiered to critical acclaim at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, garnering the coveted Audience Award and landing Maryam a spot on’s Directors to Watch list. Circumstance has won over a dozen international awards, including Best First Film at the Rome Film Festival and the Audience & Best Actress Awards at Outfest. Described by the Wall Street Journal as “supremely cinematic” and the Hollywood Reporter as “amazingly accomplished and complex,” Circumstance was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and was theatrically released by Participant Media and Roadside Attractions.

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Maryam Keshavarz will continue work on her Creative Capital Project "The Last Harem," as a 2015 Yaddo Artist-in-Residence