Farhang Film Festival at LACMA


For the 6th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival, the screening of the top six films, an award ceremony recognizing the top three films, and an exclusive reception in honor of the filmmakers, with a red carpet arrival, will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Leo S. Bing Theater in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as part of Farhang Foundation’s two-day Nowruz festivities at the museum.  This red-carpet event is followed by an exclusive reception in honor of the filmmakers, featuring Persian-themed drinks and appetizers prepared by Patina and accompanied by a DJ and lively music.
For more information on the film festival and to watch winning submissions from past years, visit www.farhangfilmfest.org.
Since 2009, Farhang’s film festival has called on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage in hopes. The festival seeks to provide a forum for individuals to use their creativity and talent to spark interest in Iranian culture. 
 About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. 
Farhang Film Festival at LACMA Bing Theater.  LACMA members: $35 | General admission: $45. Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online at Lacma.org

6th Annual Nowruz
(Iranian New Year)


Celebration at LACMA

Celebrating the arrival of spring with a full day of exciting activities throughout LACMA’s campus, including live performances, music, storytelling and calligraphy for children, and a traditional Nowruz display known as Haft Sîn! Featuring for the first time, “Traditional Iranian Costumes Parade”, welcoming individuals of all ages, to participate starting at 3 p.m.
The official Nowruz program inside the Bing Theater at 2 p.m., the world premiere performance of “Spring Love” by Ziba Shirazi, will require a ticket to attend.  All other programs are free and not ticketed. 
The outdoor concert by the dynamic London-based band Ajam will take place starting at 5 p.m. at BP Grand Entrance
Sunday, March 23, 2014 | 11:30-7:30pm $15 tickets

Dr. Nick Shamie new Chief of Orthopedic Spine Surgery
at the UCLA


School of Medicine

Nick Shamie, MD, has been appointed chief of orthopedic spine surgery at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Nick Shamie is a Board Certified Spine Surgeon and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at UCLA School of Medicine. He has served on the UCLA School of Medicine’s Faculty since 2000. Dr. Shamie is actively involved in graduate medical education, offering his expertise to help educate medical students, residents and fellows nationally and internationally. Additionally, he is actively involved in scientific and clinical research projects pertinent to spinal disorders. He is also a Qualified Medical Evaluator for the State of California and was elected as an Expert Reviewer for the Medical Board of California.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Shamie serves as president of the American College of Spine Surgery.

Silk Road Film Festival


 The Silk Road Film Festival (SRFF), which takes place around Dublin from March 19 – 24, will welcome films from a wide range of countries and in particular will focus on Asian, Arab, Persian and Middle Eastern cinema.
The SRFF will take its audiences on a journey through world cinema starting with China, Iran, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, India, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Egypt.
The 2014 edition of SRFF will showcase a rich diversity of features, documentaries, animations, short films and student films.
The festival will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn in the Oak Room of The Mansion House. Lord Mayor said: “The Festival has opened a new route for European filmmakers who are looking to branch out and form international co-productions with filmmakers from Asian, Middle Eastern, Arab and Persian countries and vice-versa. This festival will help facilitate international contacts, not only between professional filmmakers, but also between student filmmakers and filmgoers. It will also generate international dialogue, understanding and cultural integration.”
For more information on the Silk Road Film Festival, visit http://silkroadfilmfestival.com.