|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.
DIRECTOR ADDIT'L PHOTOGRAPHY / EDITOR / PRODUCER
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.