Maryam Keshavarz

Emerging Theme of Teenage Angst: LITTLE BIRDS, PARIAH, CIRCUMSTANCE

Emerging Theme of Teenage Angst: LITTLE BIRDS, PARIAH, CIRCUMSTANCE

Still from LITTLE BIRDS. If there’s one thing this year’s festival has seen lot of of, it’s teenage girls grappling with being teenage girls. There is Alike (Adepero Oduye), the coming-of-age lesbian in Dee Rees’ gritty, Bronx tale, PARIAH. There is Iranian teen Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri), rebelling against her parents’ traditionalism and experimenting with her…

Sundance Film Festival Directors Poised to Break Through

Sundance Film Festival Directors Poised to Break Through

Lots of critics are scrambling to tell you which films are poised for success following the Sundance Film Festival this year. Deadline.com’s Nikki Finke has compiled a list of heretofore under-the-radar directors whose names you might hear a lot more often from now on. On the list: ANOTHER EARTH director Mike Cahill; Paddy Considine, whose…

Jailed Iranian directors a 'hot topic' at Sundance?

Jailed Iranian directors a 'hot topic' at Sundance?

If you notice some Hollywood stars, directors and business types sporting white lapel ribbons at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, they’ll be wearing them “to register their opposition to the Iranian government’s treatment of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (‘Offside’) and fellow filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, who were sentenced last month to six years in…