Photo: Tom Pollock, Annette Bening, Frank Pierson, Ellen Harrington, Alfre Woodard and Bill Horberg in Persepolis, Shiraz - March 2009. | Photo by: Hamidreza Pournasiri | Related post

10 Days in Iran

The most amazing thing I've ever done in my short life was being with the delegation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Iran as their guide and interpreter. [+related article]
The president of Academy, Sid Ganis, the ex-president of Academy and the legendary writer, Frank Pireson, three-time Oscar nominee, Annette Bening, the head of Universal Pictures for ten years, Tom Pollock, the famous independent producer, Bill Horberg, five-time Emmy winner, Alfre Woodard, the Oscar nominee writer and director, Phil Robinson, the Oscar-nominee documentary filmmaker, James Longley and the director of exhibitions and special events for the Academy, Ellen Harrington came to Iran and had several meetings and seminars with the Iranian moviemakers.

As a film critic and a journalist, it was a great opportunity for me to meet these great people from the other side of the world. But I really didn't expect to meet such friendly and lovely artists like them. 10 days living with them, brought me a new vision of life & art. All of them were so warm and respectful to us and now I have 9 great friends in the United States who are the most amazing people I've ever met.

After about 3 months working on this project, I'm not tired at all. I'm so excited of having known them.

Update: [Sid Ganis & Annette Bening talk about their trip to Iran | Hollywood Reporter]

+ March 12, 2009 9:59 PM