About Me

DIRECTOR.
PRODUCER.
STORYTELLER. 

Sarah R. Lotfi created DOG AND ROSE MEDIA to design compelling visual narratives for commercial video production. Born to an Iranian father and Chinese-American mother, Sarah has a passion for telling stories that examine humanity within diverse cultures. In 2016, she wrote and directed the 'Audience Choice' winning commercial COLORADO REVEALED: Worlds Within, produced for the Colorado Film Commission. Lotfi's screenplays have been finalists with the American Gem, Sundance Institute and Big Vision Empty Wallet development programs.

Adept in casting, coordinating, and promotional messaging, Sarah has served on numerous productions including Chloe Zhao's THE RIDER (2017) and HBO's CINEMA VERITE: THE SAGA OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY (2011). Other credits include work with ABC and National Geographic. Sarah wrote and directed the acclaimed German-language short, MENSCHEN (2013), around disability in the last days of WWII which is currently distributed by Shorts International on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Video.

 

Lotfi has presented on independent filmmaking for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva and New York City, taught courses in film studies at the University of Colorado, and is an alumnus of the Transatlantic Talent Lab with Reykjavik International Film Festival. Her works has been featured in WIPO magazine (Geneva, Switzerland), The Huffington Post (New York), Film Courage (Los Angeles), and Screen Read (Bonn, Germany).

Sarah resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband and serves as the video production specialist for Colorado State University Global Campus.

SELECT ACCOLADES

AUDIENCE AWARDS 2016

Colorado Revealed: Worlds Within

'Most Voted Film'

SUNDANCE WRITERS LAB 2015

original screenplay, Preemptive Measures

'Finalist'

TRANSATLANTIC TALENT LAB 2014

Menschen, Golden Egg Competition

WORLDFEST HOUSTEN 2014

Menschen, 'Special Jury Award"

LIFE FEST FILM FESTIVAL 2013

Menschen, 'Best Short Film'

'Founder's Award for Excellence' 

'Audience Choice'

FILMSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL 2013

Menschen, 'Best of Fest', 'Best Actor'

37th STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS 2010

The Last Bogatyr

Regional Winner & National Finalist

AMERICAN GEM 2008

Short Screenplay, HEARD

Special Honorable Mention

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