Cinema 650 Filmmaking Masterclass - 2/26: 650.1 – Masterclass with Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi: “Personal Documentary” Caveh Zahedi

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 16:00

Dear Cinema Community,


We have an exciting line-up of three sections of Cinema 650 Filmmaking Masterclass scheduled for Spring 2021.  Each section of Cine 650 welcomes a different guest filmmaker who will be sharing their process, insights and offer feedback to students.  Our guests, Caveh Zahedi, Christopher Munch and Pete Nicks are all award-winning filmmakers who take exciting risks in their work, and who have developed unique approaches to documentary and fiction filmmaking. 


Requirements for the class include asynchronous work – screenings of the guest artist’s films and reading -- prior to a synchronous Zoom class meeting which will be held on three separate Fridays from 4-7 (one Friday class per section.) The Zoom class session will include interviews conducted by Professor Sjogren, Q&A with students and critique/feedback sessions with selected students.   All students will also complete a short paper or short creative project responding to the material and ideas covered in class.


Seniors and Graduate students enrolled in the course may submit ongoing work (rough or fine cuts) or even scripts for feedback.  These unique sessions are a rare opportunity to have working professionals provide you with input on your work!  Interested students should contact Professor Sjogren for more information, an enrollment code, and/or to submit work to be considered for a feedback slot during the sessions.


Information on the classes, the specializations to be discussed, bios for our guests and of Professor Sjogren provided below.


2/26:  650.1 – Masterclass with Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi:  “Personal Documentary

Caveh Zahedi is an autobiographical American independent filmmaker whose feature-length award-winning films include The Sheik and I (2012), I Am A Sex Addict (2005), In The Bathtub of the World (2001), I Don’t Hate Las Vegas Anymore (1994), and A Little Stiff (1991). He is also the writer/director of the ongoing BRIC TV series The Show About the Show.  Zahedi’s films have screened in major festivals internationally, including Sundance, Rotterdam, Karlovy-Vara, and many others.  Zahedi has received a Gotham Award and is a Guggenheim Fellow.  Synchronous Classtime:  4-7 pm



Professor/Moderator Britta Sjogren is Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University, where she teaches advanced filmmaking, screenwriting and critical studies, with particular interest in sound, voice, and feminist studies of film.  A writer/director/producer of fiction and hybrid fiction/documentary films,  her features and shorts have screened widely at major international festivals and received many awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at Sundance.  Her most recent feature, Redemption Trail, (starring Lily Rabe and LisaGay Hamilton) was awarded Best U.S. Film at Mill Valley and the Harlem International Film Festival’s Mira Nair Award, among other distinctions.  Currently, Sjogren is developing an episodic crime series excavating the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in collaboration with members of the Yurok Nation of Northern California.  Sjogren is also author of a book on female voice and sound in film, Into the Vortex: Female Voice and Paradox in Film.  She is a Guggenheim Fellow.