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I AM NEDA - FILMMAKERS

NICOLE  KIAN  SADIGHI
DIRECTOR / WRITER / PRODUCER
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Nicole, 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. After having worked for a couple more years to pay off her student loan, she then went on to 3 years formal training from Brooklands Performing Arts School.

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.

She has also been a supporter and spokesperson of many causes, including human rights in Iran and has been asked as a keynote speaker for non-profit and nongovernmental organizations. Thus, it could be said that fortune has lead her to find the insight and inspiration to write, produce and direct her very first short film, I AM NEDA.


Nicole’s parents are the famous Persian journalists Nader Sadighi and Shahla Arasteh, so you could say it runs in the family. 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, Javanan, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Christian Science Monitor, Radio Vaticana, Le Monde, France24, Politica Online, CCTV and CSpan to name but a few, particularly since the making of her directorial debut I AM NEDA.


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DAVID "OBI WAN" BARTLETT
DIRECTOR ADDIT'L PHOTOGRAPHY / EDITOR / PRODUCER


Born in Seattle, Washington, David was raised in Beaverton, Oregon, a small town outside of Portland. He began his career as a filmmaker with his first film at the age of 10. In Jr. High he played several instruments in the school band, and in High School expanded into choir and drama, performing lead roles in several productions. As a senior he became the first student to be asked to direct a full length play, an adaptation based on the novel The Wind in the Willows.

His desire to become a professional filmmaker continued through High School and into college, where he attended Portland State University with a major in Theater Arts. To support himself he worked as a projectionist in a local movie theater. After leaving college, he continued working in exhibition for the next 3 years doing everything from tearing tickets to assistant managing. At the age of 20 he began managing theaters and was soon promoted to the largest theater in the Portland Metropolitan area, the 3,000 seat Rose Moyer with a staff of 85 employees and an annual box office/snack bar gross of over $1,500,000. He then moved into the main office and worked in advertising and booking.

The need to make the films rather than exhibit them left him unsatisfied with his work and in 1980 he packed up and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream. In the 32 years he has been in Los Angeles he has worked on more than 200 productions, most of them feature films. He has done every job from building sets to producing and directing, and has worked with many top producers, directors, writers, director's of photography and editors.

His first productions were as a directing intern under Steve Rash (the Buddy Holly Story) on the film "Under the Rainbow", and as an intern on the film "The Heart Of Hollywood", a film by Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound of Music.) The advice that both directors had was the same. They said that the best way to learn how to make films is just to do it.

Taking this advice he began a string of many varied jobs in production and post production. This included almost every technical position at least once, and a stint with the legendary low budget king Roger Corman at his New World Studios, where he was a set carpenter with then production designer James Cameron and the young producer Gail Anne Hurd.

In 1984 he was film editor and supervised sound on a film with long time collaborator director Damian Harris. "Killing Time" went on to win the award for Best Short Film by the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, and their second production, "Greasy Lake", won the Grand Prize for best dramatic short subject at the Houston International Film Festival, winning out over more than 550 entries.


David also began writing screenplays in 1981, and was hired to write a feature, "Death Row Diner", an intentionally campy film released, appropriately, under the label Camp Home Video. He has also written other screenplays, two of which have won awards (Whiteout and The Woman Who Hugs Trees) and an adaptation of the play “Borderline” that he also produced, co-directed, did camera and lighting, edited and did sound design, as well as many adaptations of short stories for Author Services Inc in the radio play format.

David also began writing screenplays in 1981, and was hired to write a feature, "Death Row Diner", an intentionally campy film released, appropriately, under the label Camp Home Video. He has also written other screenplays, two of which have won awards (Whiteout and The Woman Who Hugs Trees) and an adaptation of the play “Borderline” that he also produced, co-directed, did camera and lighting, edited and did sound design, as well as many adaptations of short stories for Author Services Inc in the radio play format.

In addition he also began working as a camera assistant, apprenticed with director of photography Oliver Wood (The Bourne Identity, Face Off), and has since been the director of photography on the upcoming feature Capers and Crimes, did 2nd unit Cinemtography on Disrupt/Dismante and Love on a Leash and many festival film, shorts films and industrials.

David then returned to post production where he worked as a freelance picture editor and sound designer on such productions as Paul Verhoeven's "Total Recall", William Friedken's "The Guardian", and three projects for To be Hooper, "Invaders from Mars", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II" and Steven Speilbergh’s Amazing Stories episode "Miss Stardust". He has also been a member of the M.P.S.E. (Motion Picture Sound Editors), an organization of the top sound designers and editors, and earned both an Emmy Nomination and an M.P.S.E. Golden Reel Nomination for Best Sound Editing in 1985 on the Paramount Mini-Series "Space". In 1990 he was nominated for a golden reel on the film “The Guardian”, won a golden reel for his work on “Total Recall”, which received n Academy Award nomination, and in 1995 won a second golden reel for “Speed”, which also won an Academy Award. During this period David also worked as head of post production, a post he held for two years for Cinetel films and then Tobe Hooper. He has served as Post Supervsor on many films since then as well.

Over the years David has produced many projects of a wide variety. He executive produced the upcoming Nowhere Fast, produced The Getdown and Jerkin’ is a habit, and co-produced Disrupt/Dismantle and Love on a Leash, and he is currently oin preproduction on a film titled “M” that will be shooting in China.

In addition to the features, there are also the multiple award winning shorts “Greasy Lake” (Grand Prize, Houston Film Festival), and “Borderline” (Gold Award, Flagstaff and Charlston festivals, Silver at the Houston film festival). He has the distinction of being the only filmmaker to win three awards for different films at the Houston International Film festival. His management skills have included budgeting dozens of features ranging from $20,000 to $85,000,000, the hiring and managing of over 500 employees at different times, and controlling several million dollars in production and post production funds.

Returning to his goal of writing and directing, in both 1989 and 1990 David applied for and was accepted as a finalist for "The Discovery Program". Headed by Jonathan Sanger, the Discovery Program, introduced by David Putnam at Columbia Studios, was designed to discover new directing talent from related fields within the film industry. David was one of 18 chosen out of over 650 applicants two years running to make an audition film for acceptance into this prestigious program. To further enhance his skills as a director David began studying with acclaimed director and teacher Milton Katselas. This began in 1991 and has continued to the present. He has taken this teaching into the field of acting coach. His focus has been on young actors and is currently coaching and teaching several students.

In 1993 David worked once again with Director Damian Harris as the editor of the Touchstone film “Bad Company” with Ellen Barkin and Lawrence Fishbourne and also served as second unit director. David has worked with many actors directing them plays, films and in ADR (looping) sessions, including Goldie Hawn, Mira Sorvino, Cary Elwes, James Spader, Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Mary Steenburgen, David Carradine and many others.

As a teacher he has been giving seminars in screenwriting for 12 years including the last 5 years at the Screenwriting Expo, the largest screenwriting conference of its kind in the world and was voted Star Speaker by the participants. And has taught acting and filmmaking at many schools including UCLA, USC, LA Film School. AFI and Loyola University.
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JAMAL FARLEY
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Jamal has over fifteen years of professional experience shooting and lighting documentaries, music videos, commercials, episodic television and feature films. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara ("93), he went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography from The American Film Institute in Los Angeles (96). Jamal credits include Dreamworks "Collateral" and the on-going "Desperate Housewives" for ABC/Disney. With a strong foundation in the studio system, Jamal remains passionately dedicated to independent film production. Jamal works as a local in both the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles.