Thursday, December 21, 2006
Start from 20 minutes in to jump right to his talk.
I would highlight all of the good quotes from this but there are too many, so just watch the whole thing.
p.s. I have added a lot of new links so go check them out. It's as if someone already looked at the whole internet you and showed you what is worth your time.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
We did shooting for The Last Man on Saturday night at the Masonic temple in downtown Tucson. Needless to say, it was scary and weird. It had multiple conference room looking rooms which had thrones and alters. I don't think anything evil in nature happens there but it looks like a fraternity for really strange white people. However, one of the people on the crew is a Freemason and he is Iranian (wtfawdg?). The strangest things I saw were a wall of photos of old men dressed as medieval kings and a closet full of old sandals and big drums :/ .
We had A LOT of guns that night and my ears have just barely recovered.
So yes, I am in Florida until the 24th. I am photographing a wedding on Friday and will be cold chillin' until then.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
I have since chained myself to my unfinished documentary.
I had a spurt of inspiration last night that compelled me to shoot a full tape of footage of myself. My film has taken a drastic turn in it's style.
p.s. we got ourselves a cat. More photos can be found here.
and I've been trying to stay updated on this new doc on private security contractors in Iraq. Definitely worth checking out and maybe buying.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Also... I saw Aronofsky's The Fountain tonight. It was visually intense to say the least. It's too crazy to review it after the first view. If you're a fan of his work, like myself, it is a must see.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I shot everyday this break/weekend. I just hope that everything cuts together... then my heart attack will cease.
For my scene analysis class I shot 2 days at Guadalajara Grill, one of the best Mexican restaurants in Tucson. The owner was really nice about us shooting our scene, even though the whole restaurant was watching us when we shot wednesday night. I hope it only made their dinner more interesting.
I just got back from shooting another night for The Last Man. We have been shooting live ammunition so its been a lot of fun. We also shot our actors with blood capsules from a paintball gun. The director missed the pad he was suppose to shoot Santiago in and hit his shoulder. It made a sweet wealt. We are well into filming the 3rd Act and will be finished with prinicipal photography before Christmas, God willing.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
IMDB says the film was still in post production at the end of August. It looks really interesting though.
"Two young women – one an Orthodox Jew, the other Muslim – meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common, not least of which is that they are both going through arranged marriages."
The trailer can be found here.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
2. My physical condition is really good right now just incase anyone was getting any ideas of trying to wrestle me or something. I'm taking challengers since I got all hyped up seeing this. (Thanks Hamed)
3. I'm super happy right now about Saddam being sentenced to death by hanging, Rumsfeld's resignation, and both the Senate and the House being changing majorities.
4. I saw Stranger Than Fiction tuesday night at a pre screening at the U of A and I really enjoyed it. Will Ferrell's best movie as of now, for sure. Expect a review sometime soon.
Friday, October 27, 2006
In other developments, my film "An Encounter With Evil and Fate" will be playing at the Loft on Saturday night at 10pm for the Three Minute Thriller Competition. In addition, they might even be playing an older film I made in 2003 called "The Green and Red" featuring two battling comic book geeks. The films will be playing as encore screenings from previous years I have entered the competition.
Also, my film about two Iraqi men and their experiences during Saddam's regime is playing at Reel Inspiration on Sunday the 5th of November.
Anyone who wants to come support me and the films should come to the screenings. Thanks.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Check it out for sure.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Writer/Director: J Mashouf
Director of Photography: Chris Johnson
Original Score: Debbie
Cast (in order of appearance)
This is a film I made in early 2005. We shot it in two days and I edited it in about a week. The score and sound effects took another two weeks. This film screened at the Three Minute Thriller in Tucson Arizona that October. Thanks for watching.
p.s. I was almost seriously injured making this movie so email it to a friend, spread it around.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
For contact info of the artist just post a comment with your email.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
God willing everyone will use this month to bring themselves closer to God and to broaden their understanding of themseleves and others.
I'm going to try to not gain weight this Ramadhan but I'm sure I will fail as I always do..
Be sure to check out Tariq Ramadan's new article regarding the Pope quotation controversy.
Friday, September 22, 2006
The Ground Truth
Director: Patricia Foulkrod
Director of Photography: Reuben Aaronson
Editor: Rob Hall
Last week I saw this film at a free screening at The Loft. Most of the audience was over 50 but there were some younger people mixed into the crowd. I had sent out a lot of emails and etc regarding the film screening to over 100 Muslims but my roommate and I were the only Muslims there : (
The film was very well done. It consists of interviews of soldiers who are now veterans from the current Iraq war, footage from basic training, Iraq, and interviews with friends and family of Veterans. The film criticizes the military's manipulative recruiting methods, incompetent health and psychiatric resources, and overall treatment of Vets with Posttraumamatic Stress Disorder.
Many of the Vets in the documentary have been seriously injured in the war, have had amputated limbs, and all have been very psychologically damaged by their experiences in war. The film noted that suicide rates in the US military are very high and Vets have a high risk of committing suicide when they return home. One family in the film found their Iraq Veteran son hanging from their basement ceiling with a garden hose around his neck. Many of those interviewed say they come back from war with a part of them dead inside, never to return.
The Veterans also mentioned that the military's actions in this current war are irresponsible and illegal. Accounts of unarmed innocent civilians being run over by trucks or gunned down were plenty. The method of training these soldiers "to be killers" was mentioned as one reason for indiscriminate killings of civilians. Since the current war in Iraq has what the Vets called "an invisible enemy" it also makes it even harder for soldiers to make decisions.
The film as a whole really highlighted the experience of the soldier during this war but also tackled other issues associated with the current war on Iraq.
The film comes out on DVD very soon so buy it because it is definitely worth it to support this film.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
These 2 stories are of interest to the subject.
My roomate said that he doesn't think this aired but I speculate that it did considering someone who doesn't work for MSNBC posted it. I wanna have lunch with this anchor someday though..
2. Headline : US Iran report branded dishonest. If the IAEA is accusing you of lieing on nuclear reports you're an obvious liar. How do you invent reports that contradict the official International Atomic Energy Agency and expect them not to say something? If the US is able to get support for war on Iran based on their exaggerated nuclear capabilities, I will only blame every American for being an idiot. That includes myself... because we should all be trying to right falsehoods and tell the truth to those who are being lied to.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
2. The Noor refugee picnic is on Saturday which means that I will be a clown for the day.
3. Props to Yusra and her poems on this fresh blog. We need more Muslim poets who actually know how to write.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Mos Def was arrested Aug. 31 after MTV's VMA's
because he didn't have authorization to perform outside of Radio City
Music Hall in New York.
Police ordered the rapper to end his impromptu performance of "Katrina
Clap," a song criticizing the Bush administration's response to
the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Representatives for Mos Def said the rapper was unjustly arrested and
that the whole situation was captured on camera.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
You can tell I have dealt with this Persian supremacy issue before... It's poison.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
"Death of a President uses archive footage, actors and computer effects to portray the president being shot dead.
UK broadcaster Channel 4, who made the mock documentary, said it explored the effects of the War on Terror on the US."Read More
I want to see this film...
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
So... I'm working on a movie called The Last Man. I'm working as 1st AD and Assistant Camera Operator.. This is definitely the greatest project I've worked on. This weekend was crazy and the next phase of shooting is only going to be cooler because we have a shoot out scene with fully automatic machine guns! I'm not going to get into the story too much... You can check out the site at you're own Leisure.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
According to Wired Magazine this guy is-- "One of twenty-five people helping to
re-invent entertainment and change the face of Hollywood."
I agree 100%
His online hype campaign is super dope. And his new film Head Trauma, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, looks serious business. He is screening it at The Loft on Friday at 10pm and I'll be there for sure.
If someone were to ask me what I want to be when I grow up it would be him.. LOL
He grossed $4 million on his last film "The Last Broadcast" which he self distributed on VHS when all of the major studios wanted to buy it from him for around $400,000. In my book that makes him a STONE COLD GANGSTER.
It's crazy how down to earth he was too. Most people with that on their repertoire would act like they invented the independent film.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
I found that an excerpt from the article worth mentioning
"How do you scare people who love martyrdom?"
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
However, my stance on the issue has changed.
1. The US cannot guarantee the Iraqi people any security.
2. With more instances like this happening the US is showing how irresponsible they are for their personnel. These instances also fuel the fire of radical voices and lose alliances with moderate voices in the region.
3. With the US's unlimited support for Israel, the people of the Middle East have no faith US efforts to improve the region, therefore their presence in the region is met with resistance.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
2. My computer is down for some unknown reason.
3. My blog was never originally intended to be so political but it is honestly my greatest concern at the moment.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
A Lebanese woman cries as she bids farewell to her Lebanese Swedish daughter and grandchild, who came back to Lebanon after ten years for a holiday, as they are being evacuated from Lebanon, on buses organized by the Swedish embassy, from a road intersection, leading out of the Hezbollah stronghold of south Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, July 18, 2006. About 850 Swedes among about 5,000 in Lebanon have been evacuated, most to Aleppo in northern Syria. Westerners fled by land, sea and air as Israel launched waves of bombings that hit south Beirut, the border and the eastern city of Baalbek in the early hours Tuesday. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
*Pray for those who won't be evacuated.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
You won't see photos like these published in US. May God protect the people of Lebanon and Palestine.
So according to this cartoon Iranians can't celebrate Easter because they're Iranian and it isn't a part of their culture. "We (Iranians) don't celebrate Easter." This statement isn't made with the following explaination that "My family isn't Christian" but only that Bobak's mother states that it isn't our (Iranian) tradition.
Is this cartoon saying there are no Christian Iranians?
Think again. To me, this is typical Iranian diaspora insecurity about religious tradition. Muslim Iranian's who have been wronged by the revolution feel a confusion about Islam considering it is the label put on top of of what has wronged them.
I would have rather heard Bobak say "My family does not celebrate Easter because my family is atheist" than to have him represent all Iranians by saying that we don't celebrate Easter because of our ethnicity, making it sound like we observe no religious occasions. This cartoon probably does more to miseducate non Iranians about Iranians than educate. The majority religious tradition in Iran is Islam. If you want to teach Americans about Iranians at least mention Islam and don't just ignore it like the religion of most Iranians is putting things that begin with an "S" on a plate and Haji Firooz with a tambourine in his hand. These people could have made a cartoon about norooz without comparing the Persian new year with a significant Christian religious holiday.
If I were Bobak I would have told my friends that we have Imam Mahdi's birthday on the 15th of Shaban which looks like this and we eat giant cakes.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
nevertheless i took stills.
I have a new excercise for criticizing/titling my photos. You can use it because I knew you were going to steal it anyway : )
boring hallmark garbage
ooooh a long exposure shot... unoriginal.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Candles at Imam Zadeh Shu'aib
Afghani family, Hafeziye, Shiraz
Man cleaning woodwork, Isfahan
Father and Son, Isfahan
Gol Foroosh, Tehran
Schoolgirl driving service, Isfahan
Qashqai woman driving livestock, Shiraz
Man with dog, Shiraz
Singing under the bridge, Isfahan