Think I might've gotten a contact high if I watched this whole thing. Alas, I didn't & don't recommend you do either. The scenario & drug use I don't have...
Discouraged but undeterred, he applied for and received a modest grant from the French government for a film adaptation of an obscure prose poem by the French poet Stephane Mallarme. The film took him another two years to complete. When he screened the final cut to the committee, they voted to discontinue funding the film. Abandoning his dream of being embraced by the French film community, he applied to UCLA film school and moved to Los Angeles.
Together with co-director Greg Watkins, he directed A LITTLE STIFF, an experimental narrative in which he re-enacted his unrequited love for a UCLA art student, using the real-life participants. The film premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, won widespread critical acclaim, and aired on both German television and the Sundance Channel.
Caveh’s next film, I DON'T HATE LAS VEGAS ANYMORE, was an attempt to prove the existence of God by means of a road trip to Las Vegas with his Iranian-born father and teenage half-brother. His premise is that if God exists, God will provide whatever events are needed to make the film compelling. But when the film doesn’t seem to be going his way, Caveh resorts to plan B, which involves persuading his father and half-brother to take Ecstasy with him on film. Although virulently panned by most American critics and a box office disaster, the film won the Critics’ Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival and went on to develop a cult following.
IN THE BATHTUB OF THE WORLD was a one-year video diary. The idea was to record one minute of each day during 1999 and edit the footage down to ninety minutes. The film aired on the Independent Film Channel and was released on DVD.
I AM A SEX ADDICT chronicles Caveh’s ten-year struggle to overcome his addiction to prostitutes. The film uses re-enactments, documentary footage and home movies to tell the story of how his addiction began, the havoc it wrecked on his relationships and how he was finally able to stop. It won the Gotham Award for "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" and was released theatrically by IFC Films.
Caveh’s latest film, THE SHEIK & I, began as an invitation by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of “art as a subversive act.” Told that he can do whatever he wants except make fun of the Sheik, who rules the country and finances the Biennial, Zahedi decides to do just that, turning his camera on the Biennial itself. But his court jester antics fail to amuse. Zahedi's film is banned for blasphemy and he is threatened with arrest and a fatwa. THE SHEIK & I premiered at the 2012 South by Southwest film festival.
I Was Possessed by GodOn February 14th (Valentine's Day), 1993, Caveh Zahedi, being without a date, decided to ingest five grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms. For the first time in his mushroom-taking experience, he had an experience of "divine possession," in which he felt that a divine being took...Subscribe to to watch now
The Sheik and ICommissioned by a Middle Eastern Biennial to make a film on the theme of "art as a subversive act," independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi goes overboard. Told that he can do whatever he wants except make fun of the Sheik of Sharjah (who rules the country and finances the Biennial), Zahedi decides to...Subscribe to to watch now
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Endlessly annoying. Zahedi is, or portrays, a smug, superficial, clueless Westerner, secure in his assumptions, pestering his sponsors to no purpose. The little bits we see of the film he...
two guys take mushrooms. one guy is caveh, one guy is will. caveh gets nervous, will drives a go-kart. caveh puts grass on his head, will smiles. caveh communes with...
A very interesting experiment exploring the limits of movie-making and intellectual freedom in Middle Eastern countries..these countries may have modern buildings and nice highways but they are far from accepting...