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I AM NEDA - CAST

MARY APICK
(HAJAR ROSTAMI)

Mary began her acting career as a child star in Iran. One of her earliest successes was Octopus, a long running television show where Mary performed in political and satirical skits that helped change and liberalize the society. Going on to star in countless television shows, feature films and plays, Mary became one of the most popular stars in Iran. She was the first actress in the Iranian Motion Picture history to win the Moscow International Film Festival Best Actress Award for her performance in Dead End, written and directed by Parviz Sayyad.

The Iranian revolution forced Mary to flee the country and find her new home in the United States. Here in America Mary starred in two critically acclaimed films, The Mission and Checkpoint. She also played featured roles in productions such as the NBC miniseries On Wings of Eagles and produced the MGM release, Mind Games. While working with her partner, Bob Yari, producer of the Academy Award winning film Crash, Mary expanded her involvement in socially significant projects.

Among many awards she recently received the prestigious ARPA International Film Festival Foundation Award for her Humanitarian efforts using the theater to mirror the true voices and the stories of the women of the Middle East. Theater has always been Mary’s greatest passion. In 2005, she wrote, directed and produced the politically charged Critic's Choice play Beneath The Veil which was presented in many prestigious venues such as Lincoln and Kennedy Center and Geffen playhouse.

Mary has also created many projects for children, including A Fairy Tale In The Forest and Jewel of The Night, which gives the children of Iranian expatriates a bio lingual fairy tale show and an opportunity to learn about their parents’ culture and homeland.

Throughout her adult life, Mary has remained fiercely committed to improving the lives of women and children, especially in the Middle East. Through her work as an advocate for clearing land mines and reducing their use, and appearing as a spokesperson before the U.S. Congress and in all media, Mary remains vigilant and vocal in the pursuit of all freedoms.

Check out the acclaimed book "The Green Card Stories", that featured Mary Apick. The book which won the "Best of Photojournalism Award 2012" will be presented to President Obama at the Whitehouse.
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NICOLE KIAN
(NEDA AGHA SOLTAN)

Nicole Kian, who is originally from London, England is an accomplished actress, writer, producer.

Following high school, she went on to obtain her ‘A’ levels in Business Studies, English Literature & Language and Art, after which she attended Kingston University, and received her BA in Fine Arts with Hons.

Hungry to satisfy her creative desire to act, she applied for performing arts school at Brooklands College, the only place she was able to obtain a grant to attend. At the end of her 3 year performing arts academy, she graduated with distinctions and merits. Now armed with grounding in Stanislavski, Chekov, and the Alexander Technique, Nicole was ready to take her career to the next level.

She wanted to learn everything there was about the industry and started her film career as a volunteer PA for film and television production companies. She quickly gained a positive reputation as an upbeat, super friendly worker who wasn't afraid to go the extra mile. Soon production companies took notice and Nicole found herself being headhunted by "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" Producer Georgia Masters, whom she'd worked with previously on the BAFTA nominated "One Night Stand" starring Jemma Redgrave and James Purefoy. During this time she accumulated the experience and hands on education she needed to follow her passion in the movie industry business as an actress and a writer.

Several plays and a couple of independent films later, she soon came to the realization that her future was in Los Angeles. Since moving to L.A. she began to see the fruits of her labor, landing a lead road in the independent short "When the Lights go Down" and more recently a pilot "S.O.S I'm a Woman".

Being a passionate advocate of many causes, Nicole is keenly committed to championing human rights across the globe and is often approached as a keynote spokesperson on behalf of numerous non-profit human rights and nongovernmental organization. She not only has an artistic flair as a creative writer but has been a freelance writer for many leading publications and newspapers, for a number of years.

Nicole has been interviewed by the Los Angeles Times, AP, Paris Match, Christian Science Monitor, Radio Vaticana, Le Monde, France24, Politica Online, CCTV, C-Span, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Javanan Magazine, Javanan Radio, Andisheh TV, Channel1TV, to name but a few.
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POET ALI
(MOHAMMAD AGHA SOLTAN
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APoet NomadAli's (also known as "Poet") entertainment career began when his parents would throw him in front of all the guests at their large family gatherings.  He was often asked to dance, sing, rap, impersonate, play an instrument, and/or any other combination of humility and torture his wonderful parents could conjure.

In high school when he was host for the local community T.V. Show.  The show consisted of 1 episode a week spanning a total of 40 episodes in which he wrote, directed, line produced, and acted in several of the skits.  He also covered much of the local news as a journalist.  One of his stories received national acclaim for its journalistic merit winning him a trip to the nation’s capital. 

After high school, Poet directed his attention towards his music.  During the course of the next 5 years he released 2 albums with world-wide distribution and would be featured in every Iranian publication with national distribution in the States.  He has an opened for and shared the stage with the likes of: Colbie Callat, One Republic, Run DMC, Digital Underground, Mos Def, Talib Kwali, and Jurassic 5, to name a few.

He is often referred to as the Iranian communities "Ambassador of Hip Hop" because he has dedicated his life to 3 of the 4 elements that define Hip Hop culture: Emceeing, B-Boying, and DJ'ing.  Moreover, he has mentored many young Iranian talents wishing to enter music and entertainment steering them towards the route of integrity and hard work, distinguishing himself from other hip hop artists because of his lyrics and his live shows,   Although Poet is most recognized in the American Market, he has kept close to his roots and managed to cultivate the respect and support of the Iranian community and continues recording and producing material, both for his upcoming album and for other artists.

He has recently reconnected with his love of performing through acting.  He has hosted a series of red carpet events, and taken on a few roles in projects he believes in. In acting he finds that his love of characters and relating to the depth of the human spirit is able to fully come alive.

This short film is very dear to him and prior to being cast for the role he composed a song for Neda.

www.apoetnomadali.com
http://www.orangecountydisorder.com
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VIDA IRANI
(HODA AGHA SOLTAN)

Vida Irani has been active on the Tinsel town scene as an actress and a reporter. She just shot her third starring role in cult filmmaker Joe Castro’s well regarded horror films as well as starring in many other indie films. Vida has worked alongside a couple of well known child stars. She shot a supporting role in an indie film called “The Bilderberg Club” with Allison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) of “Little House on the Prairie” as well as acting with Jeremy Miller (Ben Seaver) of “Growing Pains” in a TV pilot. She has also played an Iraqi wife in an episode of Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia.”

Vida will also make her web series debuts in two comedic projects. In “Alternative Brother,” she plays a flashy damsel in distres, in “Green Manor,” she will act along side Tony Moran, the original Mike Myers from “Halloween.” She has also acted in many plays at established Hollywood venues such as the Zephyr Theatre and Theatre/Theater. She also has a very strong background in comedy as an improviser, stand-up, and sketch comic. She has performed stand-up at the Improv and the Comedy Store. She has performed in improv and sketch shows at prestigious theatres such as Improv Olympic West, The Second City Los Angeles, and Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles (UCB). She has also studied longform improv at UCB. Irani is also a voiceover artist and is the voice of Singular Magazine. She has also done voiceover work for Fidelity Investments and other companies. She recently produced her first project, a short film called "Next Life Crisis," which is about a counselor in purgatory.

This multi-talented performer also has also worked as an entertainment correspondent reporting from many Hollywood red carpet film premieres and galas interviewing a wide range of celebrities such as Oscar winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and Melissa Leo, Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jay Leno and Miley Cyrus to internationally known musicians such as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Chris Isaak. She currently is an on-air host at GEM TV, a satellite TV station that is broadcast internationally. She has worked for various media outlets such as the popular online media station MaximoTV.com as well as being an on-air host and an associate producer for ATV’s (Andisheh) “Cinema Now” and “City of Angels” shows.

Born and raised in the DC area, she comes from a long line of diplomats, scholars, actors/directors, writers, and poets. Irani wants to uphold the family tradition through the arts and the media. As a print journalist, she has written for the Iran Times International, the Persian Mirror, and Namak Magazine as well as many local papers in the DC metropolitan area. She has received research and writing grants from the Woodrow Wilson Center and the National Journalism Center among others. She has a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park with a minor in Journalism and Theatre. While she was studying at the U of M, she wrote for the Diamondback newspaper that had a student readership of over 40,000, as well as hosting her own show on WMUC, the campus radio station. She has also worked for WUSA, the CBS affiliate in Washington DC.