HEAR MY DEAD FRIENDS
"Brevity is the soul of wit" - Hamlet
"Life is the sum of all your choices" - Albert Camus
"Like children we spill the salt, and then we spill it again" - Rumi
"Tell me the company you keep and I’ll tell you who you are" - Cervantes
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, you have to go with someone” - African proverb
I will take to the grave only the sorrow of an unfinished song" -Nazim Hikmet
© 2020 MAZIAR GHADERI ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
multimedia installation & musical performance, Oct 2020
(Nuit Blanche All-Night Arts Festival, funded by The City of Toronto)
A hybrid Nuit Blanche show combining a video mapping installation (of my home videos from Iran) with live performances from the Iranian diaspora in Ontario.
“FINDING MY FATHER”
short-length documentary, 2021
(in post-production, funded by the Canadian Arts Council)
An Iranian refugee flies to Toronto to witness his son’s community art installation for an all-night festival in Toronto. The process is a reminder of their shared history, but it surfaces frustrations rooted in their inadvertent yet sharply contrasted cultural differences.
Synopsis and Narrative Arc
“Finding My Father” unravels an Iranian-Canadian artist’s journey of grappling with how to integrate a sense of belonging and wholeness with his family in the face of an unquenchable existential angst that drives him to search for that which he lost in childhood.
Maziar Ghaderi’s debut documentary short, "Finding My Father" weaves the Iranian tradition inspired creation of his Nuit Blanche art installation with his family’s story of migration to Canada and his struggle connecting with his father. Through philosophical musings, old footage of his trip to Iran with his father and a natural narrative arc leading to the day of the show, the film traces Maziar’s journey beginning with picking up his dad at the airport as he visits his son in Toronto for the show.
Held at the Gardiner Museum during Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016, the installation was inspired by a traditional Iranian custom entitled “korsi,” a heated low table that families would gather around to share stories, poetry and meals during the Zoroastrian winter solstice celebration of Yalda in Iran. In dedication to him, Ghaderi’s father attends the opening night filled with song and story centered around themes of migration, nostalgia and home. Yet the night also harbours the unexpected: the stark reminder of the cultural differences between an immigrant father and his now westernized son leaving the protagonist with some existential interrogations to confront.
"LIGHT, FORM & THE STAGE"
Series of projection mapping workshops geared for live theatre,
DATE: paused due to COVID-19.
hybrid documentary film, 2021
(in development, funding pending)
Logline: reality and the virtual blur as an artist prepares to meet an unexpected guest at the most ambitious installation of his career yet.
Premise: one must be weary when gazing into the abyss for slowly but surely it can overtake your entire life transforming you to that which you've most feared.
Synopsis: Magi is a world-renowned artist and tech genius that has always felt disconnected from society with little interest in people around him. except for the artwork - that is until he hears that his estranged mother will be attending his upcoming installation...Tormented by reality-distorting hallucinations enhanced by cybernetic implants, Magi is set on the path to self-destruction when reality is blurred with his virtual creations. His personal assistant, Sana is the only one that he truly cares for, but she too is pushed away. On the road to redemption, interrogated by his dark past, Magi must be cautious when gazing into the abyss for slowly it can overtake his entire life, transforming him to that which he's most feared.
podcast series, ongoing
A weekly 6-episode season to be released this summer including a showcase of listeners’ 3 top-voted submissions of the season. We will work with the 3 writers to produce a more refined and professional prerecorded retelling of each spoken work.
WRITERS READ! is a witty, adult podcast where everyday Canadians recite excerpts of their work-in-progress essays, poems, lyrics or stories with fellow writers for creative fodder and open discussion. The submissions will be curated by us to make sure they are authentic, diverse and most importantly, engaging.
The creative pursuit of writing digs deep into one’s aspirations, lived experiences, dreams, hopes and fears, which is why it's no surprise that my trial runs for this concept were very honest and intimate. Creativity and openness are contagious!