Celebrated Comedian Robin Williams Dies at 63


“Robin Williams passed away this morning,” said Mara Buxbaum, president of [Williams›] PR firm said Monday. “He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
His wife, Susan Schneider, issued a brief statement: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” she said.
Williams first gained popularity from stand up and TV appearances. He played on the sitcom «Happy Days» and then starred as a lovable alien on its popular spin-off, «Mork & Mindy,» from 1978 to 1982.
He is known for his comedic roles such as genie in Disney›s «Aladdin» (1992) and as a nanny in drag in «Mrs. Doubtfire» (1993). The comedic actor also played dramatic roles including «Good Morning, Vietnam» (1987), «Dead Poets Society» (1989), «Awakenings» (1990), and «Good Will Hunting» (1997), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Williams also won three Golden Globes.
In 2006, Williams slipped back into alcoholism after staying sober for many years and entered rehab. Then this summer, he spoke about going back to rehab after another relapse.
Williams reportedly had several film projects in the works when he passed away, including «Night at the Museum 3» and a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel that was in the development stages.
He is survived by his wife and three children from previous marriages.
Javanan Magazine was fortunate to have an interview with the actor years ago (pictured), and most recently he visited the Javanan offices where he said he would soon return for an interview on Javanan Radio. We wish to express our condolences to the family and friends of Williams. He will be missed.

Calling all Iranian artists:
Edinburgh Iranian Festival Art Exhibition 2015



The Edinburgh Iranian Festival (EIF) is a non-political showcase for world-class Iranian culture, as well as for bands and artists working both in and outside Iran.
Applications are welcomed from artists based in the UK and other countries at all stages of their careers. Artworks must be created by an Iranian artist or inspired by Iran. The 2015 multi artist exhibition will take place at Summerhall.
Exhibition title: Artists are invited to respond to the title of Perception

Categories: Video, installation, multi-media, painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture

Judges for this exhibition are: Janet Rady, Morteza Nematollahi, Gohar Dashti, and Helia Darabi

There will be a £1000 festival art prize for most promising submission, plus an acquisition award that will guarantee a purchase of artwork.
Completed application forms and supporting material to [email protected]  by October 24 2014

For further information, please visit http://www.ediranfest.co.uk/
The deadline is Friday 24 October 2014 at 17:00.

Calling Iranian Artists
Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video


Beginning on Monday, July 21, the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation are opening the call for submissions for the international juried exhibition Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video. The exhibition is an opportunity to expose and feature emerging and mid-career photographers and media artists from around the world. Artists 18 years of age and older are invited to apply between July 21 and September 21, 2014. There is no entry fee to participate, and submissions will be accepted through the free online service CaFÉ at www.callforentry.org.
The complete rules of submission can be found at www.farhang.org/focusiran