Justine Shapiro (director and producer) was born in South Africa, and grew up in Berkeley, California. Justine graduated Magna Cum Laude in History and Theater, with honors, from Tufts University. In 1993, while studying documentary filmmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area, Justine landed a job hosting a brand-new travel series called Lonely Planet. The series (renamed GlobeTrekker) broadcasts internationally to over 35 million people. Justine hosted the series from 1994-2004, travelling through 40 countries where she interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life. From 1995 to 2000, Justine and her co-director/co-producer BZ Goldberg created their documentary film Promises which features seven Palestinian and Israeli children. Promises was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Documentary Film” and won two Emmy Awards. This landmark film has been seen by more than 40 million people in theaters, and on televisions around the world and is the most widely used media resource in middle & high schools and universities teaching the Middle-East conflict. From 2006-2011 Justine produced and directed the documentary film, Our Summer In Tehran which premiered on PBS in 2011. Our Summer In Tehran follows Justine and her six-year old son to Tehran where they spend the summer with three Iranian families, each from very different backgrounds. Justine recently hosted Time Team America, a new OPB/PBS series that will broadcast nationally on PBS in the summer of 2014. Time Team America is a science-reality series that sends archaeologists on a race against time to excavate historic sites around the nation.
Marjaneh Moghimi (producer) is a film and theater producer. She is also the founder and director of Butimar Productions a San Francisco–based production company dedicated to preserving the cultural traditions of the East. Marjaneh has produced numerous award-winning films, working alongside such acclaimed directors as Mitra Farhani, Michael Apted and Bahman Kiarostami. Currently Marjaneh is producing Kimia’s Rumi to be directed by award-winning director Dariush Mehrjui and Executive Produced by Paul Zaentz. Her most recent film, “Fifi Howls” was directed by Mitra Farahani and premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2013. Prior to launching Butimar in 2001, Marjaneh worked for seven years at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Marjaneh is Iranian-American.
Sabereh Kashi (editor) received an MA degree in Art Studies from Tehran University. She received her post-diploma in Advanced Television and Film at Sheridan College in Canada. She has edited numerous documentaries including Calling Nate, In The Name of Their Mothers and Boys and Men Healing. She was the ‘in house’ editor for MTV Networks, Toronto 1, and Sun TV. She has directed and produced the documentaries Lalezar Street and Mourners of Surijan that is commissioned by Frontline World. Currently she is making a personal documentary, the Mourners and Me.
Mick Erausquin (Producer/Production Manager) is a graduate of the USC film school who has produced and edited films in both the nonfiction and narrative genres. He currently serves as Senior Producer at Common Sense Media, the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in the digital world. Mick has a background in small business management and operated his own independent production company for nearly 10 years. He now lives in Oakland and is the proud father of two girls.
Mostafa Kherghehpoush is acknowledged to be Iran’s finest feature film editor. His many credits include the award-winning Turtles Can Fly, Two Women, Leila, Under the Skin of the City, and The Pear Tree. Mostafa has won many editing awards and has been invited to film festivals such as Berlin and the AFI festival in Los Angeles to present his work. Mostafa and his wife translated from English into Persian, The Conversations: Walter Murch and The Art of Editing, by Michael Ondaatje. Mostafa teaches editing at Tehran University.
Christophe Rezai is an award-winning French-Iranian composer living in Tehran. He specializes in “fusion” music that draws from influences in Iran and the West. He has scored six feature films, seven shorts, five plays, and over 200 TV teasers, and has released four albums of original compositions.
Hooman Behmanesh is one of Iranian cinema’s up and coming young cameramen. His credits include the documentary President Mir Qanbar, the feature An Seh (Those Three), and a short film directed by Abbas Kiarostami.
Mohamad Reza Yousefi credits include BBC coverage of the Iranian elections and the award-winning films Wind Letters and Small Flakes of Snow, directed by Alireza Amini.
Pamela Tanner Boll is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and activist. She brought her activism and her art closer together by co-executive producing the Academy award-winning film, Born into Brothels: The Kids of Calcutta’s Red Light District. She is currently producing the following film projects: Our Summer in Tehran; Life on the Edge: True Stories of Doctors Without Borders; 9/12: From Chaos to Community; Kashmir; and In a Dream. Pamela is also currently directing and producing a new film, Who Does She Think She Is? This film is a personal narrative by Pamela, which focuses on the lives of six women artists who are also mothers, partners, and community members. Pamela revisits her own struggle to hold onto her art-making as a wife, mother, and contributing member of her community. Pamela was raised in Parkersburg, West Virginia then graduated from Middlebury College. She and her husband live in Massachusetts with their three teenage boys.
Farhad(Fred) Khosravi born to Kurdish parents and raised in Iran until he was 17, currently lives with his family in Northern California. Fred is a Silicon Valley medical device serial-entrepreneur and Managing Director of Incept, LLC, having co-founded eleven medical device companies, including AccessClosure, where he currently serves as President and CEO, as well as EndoTex, Embolic Protection, Inc. (EPI), both acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation, Confluent Surgical, acquired by Tyco Healthcare, and MarketRx, acquired by Cognizant Corp., to name a few. Fred has authored or co-authored over 60 issued or filed patent applications. He also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Democratic National Committee and the Advisory Board of CSIS (Center of Strategic International Studies). Fred is deeply invested in promoting greater understanding between Iranians and Americans.