Azadeh Navai (born 1985, Iran) holds an MFA in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts, and a BFA in Graphic Design from University of Tehran. She creates 16mm and digital films with the focus on visual memory, its imprints through time and its fluctuations through age. Her films have been shown in a number of venues, including New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Mothlight Microcinema, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, San Diego Underground Festival and REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles. Her film Friday Mosque won the Jury Award at Binghamton University Film Festival (SEFF), and her other film Remembering the Pentagons was recently mentioned on Artforum. She also works as a freelance documentary editor in Iran and the United States. Recently, she finished editing a feature documentary called Logan’s Syndrome, and currently, she is working on the creation of a short documentary about her memories of the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian revolution.
A filmmaker and film programmer, David Dinnell has curated and organized several
hundred film programs, artist retrospectives, moving-image exhibitions and live performances. He was film programmer at the Ann Arbor Film Festival for ten years and its Program Director from 2010 to 2016. He programmed five seasons for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Theater; co-programmed the 11th &12th editions of the Media City Film Festival; was film programmer for the Flaherty NYC Film Series in Fall 2014; and guest curated film programs for the Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento in Buenos Aires. He most recently presented film programs at UnionDocs in Brooklyn; the Los Angeles Filmforum; San Francisco’s ATA; the Light Field Film Festival; and Cinema Project in Portland, Oregon. Dinnell’s own work has screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam; Views From the Avant Garde at New York Film Festival; Images Festival; EXiS in S.Korea; Anthology Film Archives; and the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, among others.