GHASEM EBRAHIMIAN DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - MECCA is an award winning filmmaker who came to the US in 1974 to study cinema. He graduated from SUNY PURCHASE in1979. His thesis film, "WILLIE" earned him a student Academy Award and was shown in festivals around the world and on Public Television's Independent Focus. He formed EBRAFILMS with Coleen Higgins in1980 and the company produced over forty documentaries for Italian and French televisions among other commercial productions.
His feature film THE SUITORS was an official selection for Cannes Film Festival and nominated for Camera d'OR. THE SUITORS was theatrically released in the US and was shown on Germany's WDR and UK's Channel 4- In 1997 he began his collaboration with Shirin Neshat on a number of filmed video Installations- Their first collaboration, "Turbulent", won the first international prize at 1999 Venice Biennale. The following installations: Rapture- Soliloquy- Possessed- Fervor- Pulse and Mahdokht have been shown in Museums and galleries around the world.
EBRAHIMIAN also wrote and directed the film portion of "Logic of The Birds", a multi disciplinary theatrical piece, based on 13th Century Iranian poet Farid-udin Attar. "Logic of The Birds" was premiered in New York at Lincoln Center and presented by ARTANGEL at the Union Chapel in London. He's worked on a number of documentaries for the South Bank Show, the longest running arts program in the UK, including "Cinema of fire" which focuses on the works of Iranian Cinema auteurs.
His short film "The Sacred, The Absurd" was premiered at Victoria and Albert Museum in London and was nominated for best short film at Tribeca Film Festival (2005) in New York. Recently he finished a screenplay entitled "Shakespeare In Tehran" based on a true story. He was director of photography for the Mecca shoot in Journey to Mecca, filmed on IMAX® during the annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia and Writer/Director for "All Roads to Mecca" which deconstructs and chronicles the making of the IMAX® film, Journey to Mecca.
Director/Co-Screenwriter: Bruce Neibaur