Untitled Iranian-American Documentary

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TYPE
: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Development

LOGLINE

Our documentary follows well-known Iranians in the US as they challenge harmful stereotypes in an age of war, travel bans and hostile discrimination.

SYNOPSIS

Our documentary feature will follow well-known Iranian-Americans in the US as they challenge harmful stereotypes in an age of war, travel bans and hostile discrimination. We aim to use social science to bust existing myths on Iranians and change the negative narrative once and for all.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

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KEY CREW

Pattie Sellers - Producer
SellersEaston Media Co-CEO Pattie Sellers is a former assistant managing editor of Fortune and currently Chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. An award-winning magazine writer, interviewer and multimedia journalist, Pattie wrote more than 20 cover stories during her three decades writing for Fortune. Pattie’s resume includes groundbreaking interviews with Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, and Nike founder Phil Knight, and definitive profiles of Melinda Gates, Ted Turner, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Oprah Winfrey, former Coca-Cola Chairman Muhtar Kent, Heineken heir Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, and many other leaders in global business and other fields. Pattie cofounded Fortune Most Powerful Women (MPW), which began in 1998 as an annual ranking of the top women in the business, and has grown to be the magazine’s largest and most valuable franchise. Pattie oversees six annual Fortune MPW conferences across the globe. Pattie also cofounded and directs various MPW programs, including the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Mentoring Partnership and the Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award. In 2013, Pattie won Time Inc.’s prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Performer) award for her innovative work at Fortune and her broad contributions across its then-parent company. The Washington Post profile of Pattie, “The Rolodex that Redefined Power,” describes her unmatched talent for interviewing and writing about successful people.

Nina Easton - Producer
SellersEaston Media Co-CEO Nina Easton is a bestselling author, magazine writer, and TV commentator. She won numerous national awards during a decade with the Los Angeles Times, and later as Washington editor and national columnist at Fortune, covering politics, the economy, and foreign affairs. Nina is currently chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International and co-chair of the Fortune Global Forum —conceiving and casting high-profile live events, and conducting interviews with the some of the biggest names in global business and international affairs. Her critically-acclaimed political history, Gang of Five, drawing on hundreds of interviews and archival research, ranks on the Vox list of “books to read to understand the world.” Her live interviews are in demand beyond Fortune, and she regularly appears on stage in front of leading industry groups. At the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the prominent Washington D.C. foreign affairs think tank, Nina hosts the global affairs series of live events and iTunes podcasts “Smart Women, Smart Power,”bringing world leaders and diplomats to the stage for insightful interviews. For more than a decade, Nina has been a familiar face on television as a regular commentator on Fox News’ primetime news shows, and as a political analyst on such programs as Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and Charlie Rose. In 2012, she was a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching and producing influential research on wealth in America.

Yael Melamede - In talks to Direct and lead research and development
Yael Melamede is an Executive Producer on the Jigsaw Productions/Amblin Entertainment (Steven Spielberg’s company)limited series WHY WE HATE. Her production company is called Salty Features and its slate of documentaries include Straight/Curve; (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies; Inocente, winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short; When I Walk, winner of the 2015 Documentary Emmy; Desert Runners; and My Architect, nominated for an Academy Award in 2004. SALTY’s fiction films include Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, directed by John Krasinski and based on the book by David Foster Wallace, and The Inner Life of Martin Frost, written and directed by Paul Auster. She is represented at CAA.

Jenny McQuaile - In talks to Produce and lead research and development
Jenny McQuaile is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her latest feature film Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image premiered on EPIX in June 2017 with roco films snapping up the educational and international distribution rights. The documentary has also been selected by the State Department to represent the United States at embassies around the world as part of the American Film Showcase program. Jenny has appeared on Good Morning America and The Today Show, as well as being interviewed in Vogue Magazine, Well + Good, Huffington Post, People Magazine, Glamour Magazine and Women and Hollywood, amongst many others. Jenny was an Associate Producer on The World Cup Project, a TV documentary series about 11 countries around the world that use soccer for social change. She directed and edited three episodes of the series including Laces, set in Liberia, which won Best Documentary Short at the NYLA International Film Festival in 2015 and was an Official Selection at The Lighthouse International Film Festival. Jenny also works as an Impact Producer for award-winning production company Salty Features and critically acclaimed documentary features and series.

Kelly Laferriere - Producer
Kelly helps clients determine their best content strategy and develops partnerships across key sectors. She is a business builder with decades of experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial arenas. Previously, she led strategic, operating, and P&L management at Six Flags Inc. While there, she oversaw all aspects of east coast park operations, public affairs, and marketing. She collaborated with key constituents, including the Six Flags Board of Directors and government entities. Working on the Senior Management team, Kelly helped guide Six Flags to being cash flow positive for first time in the company’s history. She also led her region achieve its customer service and growth plan objectives. Prior to Six Flags, Kelly spent over 10 years at Disney's ABC Television Group, starting as an intern at Good Morning America and rising to Vice President, ESPN Programming and Acquisitions, and a member of ESPN’s Programming and Production Senior Management team. Her focus included contract negotiations, business strategy, and maximizing revenue-generating opportunities across the integrated platforms of the Walt Disney Company. Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University. She serves on the board of Pequot Library and is an active member of the Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program.

 

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