BEHIND THE VISION
Sarah R. Lotfi, is an American writer-director born to an Iranian father and Chinese-American mother. In 2009, she helped launch the Intersections Film Festival featuring women filmmakers from the Middle East. A ‘regional winner’ and ‘national finalist’ in the 37th Student Academy Awards, for a surrealist reimagining of the Russian front in 'The Last Bogatyr'. Through the Emmy Foundation, Lotfi worked on HBO Films’ 'Cinema Veritae'. Other credits include work with ABC and National Geographic. Her acclaimed German-language short, 'Menschen', on disability in the last days of WWII received ‘very honorable mention’ in the 2012 Senses of Cinema World Poll as well as awards including “Audience Choice”, “Best Actor” and “Best of Fest”. Partnered with The Arc of the United States, Menschen had a limited theatrical release in Los Angeles and continues to reach new disability communities. Lotfi has been a frequent panelist on crowd-funding after successful campaigns on Indie GoGo and Kickstarter. In 2014, Lotfi presented on Independent Filmmaking with the World Intellectual Property Organization at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and New York City, NY. She is a fellow of the 2014 Transatlantic Talent Lab with Reykjavik International Film Festival. Lotfi’s approaches to filmmaking have been featured in WIPO magazine (Geneva, Switzerland), The Huffington Post (New York), Film Courage (Los Angeles), and Screen Read (Bonn, Germany). At the University of Colorado, Lotfi has taught courses on the Historical Film, Contemporary Women Directors and a course on the Evolution of Independent Filmmaking as a guest. In 2015, Lotfi co-founded CineVIA Pictures with her partners Anastasia M. Cummings and Mike Newman who she met while working on Menschen.
Frequent Collaborator with :
Anastasia M. Cummings, director / producer