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Tara Violet Niami  LA. AFI fellow. Iranian American photographer, DP, & passionate musician. Feminist and unabashedly political.


Darryl as Nasir in WHERE THE WATER RUNS ๐Ÿ’ฆ

The past four days have been humbling. I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to document the amazing work of @duboisashong and @stevenbreckon on this powerful project. We need more stories in film that illuminate truths-truths about the corruption of capitalism, of its engendered classism, of racism and stigma. Dubois is a gifted storyteller and his script by @juancarlet and @randymckinnon is a beautiful one. It is beautiful because it is truthful and human. That is human should not be a rarity in film-why can't Hollywood or even much of the indie world get a grasp on this? Moonlight is an example of a gorgeous intimate film with a rarely seen narrative that made serious money and won best picture. So saying that films about race or class or identity discovery can't sell or win things is frankly bullshit. โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”As a cinematographer I feel it dire that in my future career I pick projects that are ones I want to see exist in this world, ones that are emotional and sensitive to the subject matter depicted. I am sure to feed and house myself I may have to take on commercial 'pretty& #39; work but even then I will push when I am able for say diverse casting or ethical statements made even if advertising is Inherently a money making machine. Representation matters. I recognize the privilege I am afforded by my white skin and by the financial support from my family as well as artistic support in chasing my dreams. I want to use that privilege to uplift communities whose voices aren't heard and work with storytellers whose stories need to be told. Ps it is very clear to me that my posts showcasing my face or popular issues or pretty landscapes or pretty people are more 'popular& #39; and that irks me. I hope you guys realize that these issues of representation and the beauty of real stories is just as if not more important to me than all that other stuff.

Dubois Ashong-director-standing in for his actor-for cinematographer Steven Breckon

Sorry for the mass posting! Was very inspired today!

Any la based editors out there? Those who are starting out, maybe fresh out of or in school at the moment? I would love to get in touch about editing or co editing my latest film. I can't pay because the production was out of pocket and unfortunately I don't have funds to draw from so I am looking for someone passionate about the following subject matter who is up for an adventure as an editor. I would provide meals and gas money and the editing equipment btw. And I would be down for future larger paid collaborations. This film is about trauma-it is a dialogue less 35mm silent short currently entitled trapped. A young woman pieced together the memory of her sexual assault that occurred while on a date, is presently In a psych ward (not done to stereotype rape victims or mental illness but after convos with survivors a number of them suffered from depression after their assault and a person who dealt with a different traumatic event was suicidally depressed afterwards and admitted themselves to a psych ward so I drew from these truths). It is a psychological drama with intercutting, with some wonderful performances, and will have a really interesting ambient sound design mixed in with some gorgeous moody tunes. Think David lynch (Robette's trauma in twin peaks) meets morvern callar by Lynne Ramsay meets somersault by cage Shortland. If this appeals to you please email me at taraviolet9@gmail.com. Best-Tara

More of last night's golden hour

On set today. A trio of figures-director, actress and production designer. This is a phone photo-the real shots are 'better .'

Robert sloane and Gabriel Sousa on set of THE KIND KILL QUIETLY Directed by @jdamar cinematography by @0lesia_saveleva this is my favorite photos I shot on set because of its heavy mood. Also believe it or not this was completely candid.

A couple years back I made a short piece inspired by a poem called Sin by an incredible Iranian feminist poet named forugh farrokhzad. I have shared the stills but never it in motion. Ps no one flag this there is no actual nudity. Will be angry if this gets taken down...โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”The poem ruminates on the definition of pleasure as sin versus one's own desire as an Iranian woman back in the team forugh lived (aka late 50's and early 60's ). I directed and shot this on a dslr (Nikon d7100) with a gaffer @penata_party and that was it for crew, shot without permits for almost nothing. The narrator is a poet and speaker named Farideh Kakavand.
Happy to share the private link if anyone wants to see the film in full. I feel my work has evolved since I made this film but I am still proud of it. Also the male actor Dominic rains is beginning to shine in his career-I feel lucky I snagged him before a girl walks home alone at night was made and such!


Happy Norooz! Sal no mobarak. For those of you who don't know today marks the start of the Persian new year (Norooz/nowruz). There are a number of traditions involved with the holiday which outside of its roots is pretty much a secular cultural holiday. The Persian new year begins on the coming of spring. This table is a haft sin table-the objects start with 'sin& #39; in Farsi and or symbolize rebirth, newness, luck, love and more. You can google it to find out the specific meanings for specific objects. Last night my family had a traditional nowruz dinner that consists of sabzi pollo (rice with greens) bread and fried white fish. In a little while we will have a picnic (Sizdah Bedar) and eat Iranian food ending the day in a tradition where you throw sabzeh (wheatgrass) into a river for good luck. Love to you all. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท ps my neutral expression reads as moody but I am happy I swear

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