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Karin Abcarians   Screen Invasion


"Nazanin Boniadi is terrific, delightful...really hits the mark"

Mike Kaspar   KUCI 88.9


"Warm-spirited and knowing"

Godfrey Cheshire   RogerEbert.com


"A truly romantic film"

Tom Nguyen   EnClave LA

"A thinking woman's romantic comedy"

Marshall McCreadie   Film journal International

Nazanin Boniadi - Riley Smith - Maz Jobrani
George Wallace - Anahita Khalatbari
with Marshall Manesh and Amy Madigan

NAZANIN BONIADI
“Shirin”

Born in Tehran at the height of the Iranian Revolution, Nazanin Boniadi’ s parents relocated to London to ensure that their daughter would have ample opportunity to succeed. Ms. Boniadi decided to study acting, which included training in Contemporary Drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Ms. Boniadi's first major credit was "General Hospital" for which she received a 2008 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series as Nurse Leyla Mir. For this role, Nazanin was credited as being the first actor in a contract role to portray a Middle Eastern character in U.S. daytime history, an accomplishment which she hopes has helped shape our social consciousness by promoting understanding.

She has also starred on numerous prime time television series, recently appearing as Hannah, the love interest to Ryan King (Matthew Perry) on “GO ON”. She also has portrayed Nora, a longstanding love interest to Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), in seasons six and seven of “How I Met Your Mother”. She also stars with Rosanna Arquette in the Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia series “Rochelle”, for their digital channel WIGS.

Ms. Boniadi's has appeared in several feature films including Jon Favreau's "Iron Man", Mike Nichols “Charlie Wilson's War”, and Paul Haggis' "The Next Three Days". Ms. Boniadi is has recently completed a role in the new feature film "Desert Dancer", directed by Richard Raymond with co-stars Freida Pinto ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Reece Ritchie ("Prince of Persia") and Tom Cullen ("Weekend") to be released in 2014.

Along with being a successful actress, Ms. Boniadi is a devoted human rights activist and an Official Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA, she has worked at a grassroots level and has also appeared on numerous international TV and radio programs to campaign for the rights of disenfranchised populations across the world.

Ms. Boniadi appeared in the most recent season of the Emmy Award winning series “Homeland” on Showtime playing a recurring character, a capable young CIA operative, Fara Sherazi.

RILEY SMITH
“William”

Riley Smith was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and raised in Marion, Iowa on his family's quarter horse ranch. He was discovered in 1997 at a mall in Cedar Rapids by a local talent scout who sent him to New York where he was signed to appear in a Tommy Hilfiger modeling campaign. He then used the money he earned to pay for acting classes. Just three months later, Smith was in Los Angeles at a screen test for the 1998 WB pilot "Minor Threat". He landed that first audition and, although the pilot was not picked up, Smith's acting career was established.

Riley's acting career has spanned both film and television over the past decade. On the feature side, he has starred in “Motorcrossed,” “Eight Legged Freaks” opposite David Arquette and Scarlett Johansson, “Not Another Teen Movie”, “Radio” opposite Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding Jr., “New York Minute” alongside Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury nominee “Weapons” opposite Paul Dano and Nick Cannon, “GallowWalker” with Wesley Snipes and “Make it Happen” opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Riley's television credits include Judd Apatow’s cult favorite "Freaks and Geeks," Emmy Award-winning "24", "Joan of Arc," "Raising Dad," "The Closer," "The Glades", "Leverage," "Ghost Whisperer," "Criminal Minds," "CSI," "CSI: Miami," "7th Heaven" and "Once and Again."

In 2007 he was one of the leads in FOX’s series “Drive.” Riley can recently be seen as "Riley Wallace" on the hit CW show "90210", as "Annie's" (Shenae Grimes) love interest, in a guest arc in CW’s “Beauty and the Beast” and in Hallmark Channel’s telefilm “Christmas in Conway” along with Mary Louise Parker, Mandy Moore and Andy Garcia.

Also an accomplished musician, Riley formed the band "The Life of Riley," in 2006. The Los Angeles based group has released 4 albums: The Life of Riley (2007), Long Way Home EP (2009), Live in Hollywood at the Hotel Cafe (2010) and By The Way (2012). They have performed around in the world in clubs from New York to London. A number of their original songs are featured in “Shirin in Love” and a music video for the film of their song “Worth The Wait” directed by the award-winning photographer 19-year-old Tara Violet Niami has been produced and will be released in conjunction with the US release of the film.

MAZ JOBRANI
“Mike” (Dr. Joon)

Maz Jobrani is a popular and well-known Iranian-born American comedian. Jobrani studied Political Science and Italian at UC Berkeley. He was enrolled in a PhD program at UCLA when he decided to leave and pursue his childhood dream of acting and performing comedy. Recently he was the first Western comedian to play Saudi Arabia.

Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which aired on Comedy Central, had his own Showtime comedy special, Brown and Friendly, and has done standup comedy around the world, including the Middle East where he performed in front of the King of Jordan. Maz starred in the films “Friday After Next”, “13 Going on 30”, and “The Interpreter”. On TV he was a regular on ABC's “Knights of Prosperity” and FOX's “Life on a Stick”. He also recurred on ABC's “Better Off Ted”. Maz has guest starred on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “24”, “ER”, “NYPD Blue”, “Traffic Light”, “Man Up”, “Men at Work”, and most recently “Whitney”. He has performed his standup on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Lopez Tonight.” He has been featured on NPR, CNN, and the BBC and in print in The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. Maz also co‐hosts a podcast called “Minivan Men” about fatherhood which has garnered great reviews on iTunes.

Jobrani sold a pilot of a TV show to CBS based on his life as an Iranian-American in the United States. The show was best described as a Middle Eastern “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He is now shooting a feature film that he is producing and starring in, entitled “Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero” directed by Jonathan Kesselman (“Hebrew Hammer”) – a cross between a Middle Eastern “Pink Panther” and “Bend it Like Beckham”.

AMY MADIGAN
“Rachel”

Ms. Madigan is one of the finest actresses in the U.S. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in “Twice in a Lifetime” and she won a Golden Globe for “Roe vs. Wade”.
Her other credits include playing the female lead opposite Kevin Costner in the Academy Award nominated film “Field of Dreams”, and appeared in “Pollock” directed by her husband, Academy Award nominated actor Ed Harris. She has also appeared in many TV films such as “And Then There Was One” (in which she won an ACE Cable Ace for best actress) and “The Laundromat (won ACE best actress) and she recently starred in Academy Award nominated film “Gone Baby Gone” directed by Ben Affleck.
Her recent credits include “That’s What I Am” and “Once Fallen” which costarred Ed Harris and “Virginia” with Jennifer Connelly.

GEORGE WALLACE
“Officer Washington”

George Wallace has been the headliner comic at the Flamingo Casino for the past eight years and is widely regarded as the “New Mr. Vegas.”. His enormous list of credits includes the TV series “House of Payne”, “Scrubs”, “Seinfeld”, and “The Parkers”.
He was also in “Batman Forever”, “A Rage in Harlem” (Forest Whittaker, Danny Glover), and the Coen Brothers’ film “The Ladykillers”. He has also been featured on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.”

ANAHITA KHALATBARI
“Maryam”

Anahita Khalatbari was educated in the UK and has had a passion for acting since a very young age. She studied broadcasting and started her career at Appadana Television in San Jose as a news anchor and TV host.
She later moved to Los Angeles and continued her television career at Jaam-E-Jam Television as a host, anchor and reporter for ten years.
She then joined KPFK Radio as a reporter and is currently a TV Reporter/Anchor for several local American TV stations in Los Angeles County.

MARSHALL MANESH
“Nader”

Marshall Manesh was born in Iran. His debut role in the US was Jamal Khaled in James Cameron’s “True Lies”.
He now has credits in over 100 feature films and TV projects and over 40 commercials and is well known for his recurring roles in Will and Grace as Mr Zamir, “How I Met Your Mother "as Ranjit and "Scrubs" as Dr. Akbar.

Written and Directed
by
Ramin Niami

RAMIN NIAMI
Writer Director
Producer

Ramin Niami was born in Tehran, Iran, and has worked as a director and producer on over twenty television documentaries, dramatic shorts and television commercials - many of them broadcast by the UK’s BBC and Channel 4 as well as major American networks. A New York resident for 14 years, Niami was a faculty member for filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 where he taught directing and editing of digital video at the University of Southern California at the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts. Ramin Niami’s first feature film as a director was the 1997 feature film, “Somewhere in the City”, starring Sandra Bernhard, Bai Ling, Ornella Muti and Peter Stormare; the film screened at over 25 international film festivals and was released theatrically in the U.S. and on HBO in the U.S. and was sold in countries around the world.
His second feature film, “Paris” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2003, starring Chad Allen, Bailing, James Russo, and Karen Black. “Paris” screened at the opening night of Bangkok Film Festival and played at a number of other international film festivals including HOF in Germany and Raindance in London. “Paris” was released in the US by DEJ/Blockbuster and 20th Century Fox Home Video and has been broadcast extensively in prime time on Showtime. Ramin’s prior film was a feature music documentary “Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn”(2013) about the legendary South Central Los Angeles blues club of the same name and its owner Laura Mae Gross featuring more than thirty different blues music artists. “Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn” was the winner of the Programmers’ Award at the 21st Pan African Film Festival and was initially released in the US at Laemmle 4-Plex in Santa Monica and in cinemas around the U.S. and on VOD and other digital formats by Cinedigm. A special screening and reception at the American Cinemateque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood honored the film.
Ramin has also written an epic feature film script about a British Intelligence officer in Iran during the mid 20th century. The script entitled, “We Called It Persia” was co-written with Academy Award winning British screenwriter Frederic Rafael (“Two For The Road”, “Eyes Wide Shut” and “Darling “) and is currently in development for Ramin to direct.
Ramin is also developing a motion picture that he will direct based on the renowned novel “Random Acts of Senseless Violence” by Jack Womack.

KAREN ROBSON
Producer

As a teenager growing up in Australia, Karen Robson played the role of Irma in Peter Weir’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. In 1991 she became a partner in the law firm of Pryor Cashman LLP in New York City where she works in the Film Finance and Production Group.
Having opened the firm’s Los Angeles office in 2002, Karen represents a variety of independent producers, production companies and film financiers, and a number of well-known feature film writer/directors.
Karen provided production, distribution, and/or financing legal services for many features, including the animated feature “ Free Birds” released 2013 by Relativity, “Milk” starring Sean Penn; “Love in The Time of Cholera” based on the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel; Paul Schrader's “Affliction”; “The Crow I, II, III and IV”; James Cameron’s “Ghosts of the Abyss”; Milos Forman's “Goya's Ghosts”, David Gordon Green’s “All the Real Girls”; “American Psycho”; “Basketball Diaries” etc. etc. She has spoken widely at conferences concerning film financing, appearing on a panel on international co-production/ foreign financing for including the PGA’s “Produced By” conference, at 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles and mediating a panel at the Film Finance Conference at Screen Singapore in Singapore.
Karen executive produced or produced Ramin Niami’s two previous feature films, Somewhere in the City” and “Paris” and his feature documentary “Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn”. Karen is also the author of the chapter on Motion Picture Law in “Entertainment Law” 4th Edition, just published the New York Bar Association.

BEHROOZ ARSHADI
Co-Producer
Co Music Supervisor

Behrooz Arshadi is a talented musician, with extensive experience in world music.
He has been co produced a documentary called "Babe's & Ricky's Inn" that has been won the Pan African Film Festival Award.
He has been co music supervisor for "Shirin in Love".

RAY MOHEET
Executive Producer
(with Maz Jobrani)

Ray Moheet spent over a decade as a talent agent before joining L|E|G (Levity Entertainment Group) in 2010 as a talent manager and producer.
As Vice President of Theatrical, Ray represents actors, writers, comics, and directors for motion picture and television. Moheet has also produced numerous comedy specials for television including Maz Jobrani’s latest special, “I Come In Peace,” for Showtime.
Most recently, Moheet served as producer on the indie feature comedy , “Jimmy Vestwood : Amerikan Hero, ” starring Maz Jobrani, which is currently in post production.

GARRETT SHANNON
Cinematographer

Garrett Shannon is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer lensing narrative, commercial and documentary projects.
His knack for creating powerful yet naturalistic imagery is inspired from the aesthetic power of the world around him and his experiences within.
Shannon's clients include O'Neil, Twentieth Century Fox Worldwide, Moxie Interactive, IFC, Film Independent, Hotter in Hollywood, Oprah, Ford Motors, Team Detroit International, SEWcreative, Dominos, CP+B, 3MC, Rank+File, G4TV, Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company, Andi Loor Redigering, Remmington, Shop PR, Amphibian, Kennis Music, Children of our Villages, Club Fais Do-Do, Mango, Hunter&Gatti, and Hot Echo.
Shannon earned the prestigious ASC Heritage Award from the American Society of Cinematographers in 2010, recognizing his work on the short film, In Memoriam, for its outstanding achievement in cinematography.
“Shirin In Love” is his first feature film.

LISA CLARK
Production Designer

Lisa Clark has designed for feature film, documentary film, TV, theater, and museum exhibition projects for the past 10 years.
Her projects have ranged from independent to large-scale productions where she regularly serves in the role of Production Designer, Art Director, or Set Decorator.
Her film projects have featured actors such as Kirk Douglas, Noah Wylie, Tim Blake Nelson, Cloris Leachman, and Keith Carradine.
Two films she decorated, "Cherish" and "Dopamine," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Lisa spent three years at Lucasfilm as an Associate Producer for a television series.
Her recent projects include the TV pilot "Parenthood" and the feature film "The Congress" starring Paul Giamatti.
Lisa Clark majored in History and Set Design at Stanford, and received an M.A. in History from UC Berkeley. Her expertise in historical research has played a key role in her development as a designer, providing her with strong research skills and a keen attention to detail.
Lisa sees research as a key component of her work, believing an investigative curiosity leads to emotional believability in her sets. She began her design career as a Set Designer for theater, designing more than 25 sets including several West Coast premieres and award-winning productions in San Francisco and New York City.

ALEX KOVACS
Composer

Alex Kovacs has experience in composing music for virtually all forms of media. Alex most recently completed the score to Ramin Niami's romantic comedy Shirin In Love as well as Scattered, a personal documentary by Lindsay Lindenbaum.
Other recent works include Why We Cry, a drama directed by Elliot Loewenstein, Bananas a short film by Aaron Rosenbloom, and Sony Entertainment short series The Arrival and El Dorado by director and cinematographer Curtis Clark.
Additionally, Kovacs has provided services for film and television on such projects as Think Like a Man, One For The Money, three seasons on the hit crime series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the 85th Academy Awards, and most recently, Marvel's one shot series Peggy Carter.
Kovacs currently works in Santa Monica for Momentum RLP. His services on recent projects include a remake of Steel Magnolias, indie film 50 To 1, and additional music for films iKllr, Alone Yet Not Alone, and To Have and To Hold.

DANIEL PAGAN
Sound Design
Sound Editing

Daniel Pagan is one of the U.S.’s leading sound editors. He has worked on many Hollywood blockbuster hits such as “Angels and Demons”, “The Da Vinci Code”, “Frost/Nixon”, “Spider Man 3”, and critically acclaimed, Academy Award winning Pictures such as “A Beautiful Mind”, “Dead Man Walking” and others.
He has been one of the top sound editors in Hollywood for many years and his expertise has made a major contribution to the Picture.

REZA NARIMIZADEH
Sound Editor
Dubbing Editor

Reza Narimizadeh recently relocated from Iran where he has been the sound designer of many Iranian films (such as the Academy Award winning film “A Separation” directed by Asghar Farhadi).
He has supervised the creation of the Farsi Dubbed Version of “Shirin in Love”.

FRITZ FEICK
Editor

Fritz Feick is founder of the editing firm Aftershock Digital in Los Angeles, an award-winning shop focused on features, television, and motion picture advertising. If he’s not cutting with exquisitely wry filmmakers like Ramin Niami, he’s reading classic novels, hiking Runyon Canyon,or brewing the world’s best cup of coffee.
Previous features include Sundance and Cannes winner “Expired” with Samantha Morton, and the blockbuster “Save TheLast Dance” with Julia Stiles. Fritz has also cut the series “Hit The Floor” for VH-1, and hundreds of “the better kind” of commercials, movie trailers, and Super bowl spots.

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