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Seeking Valentina is an Official Selection of FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego
Just out of post-production, Armin Nasseri’s controversial thriller short, "Seeking Valentina," is already garnering laurels
By: Seeking Valentina LLC
Nasseri vigorously resisted stereotyping throughout his production, which attracted acclaimed Persian-American Actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Mind of Mencia) to Seeking Valentina. Ghaffari said, "I was really drawn to this project as it forgoes all the ridiculous stereotypes I often have to portray as an artist." She adds, "It's refreshing and empowering as an artist to portray someone who is just a human being living her everyday life with no labels." Ghaffari plays Benjamin's sister Ana in Seeking Valentina. Portraying a Persian-American family was a priority for Nasseri, as often minority characters are not given the context of a family in much standard programming in the U.S.
Regarding Nasseri’s inspiration he says,"I grew up in the south as a minority. I live in America, but my heritage is Persian. Obviously, the two countries haven't had a diplomatic relationship since the 1979 Revolution."
. Festival runner JoAnn Thomas says, “We are pleased to have a film, like “Seeking Valentina.” This film will not just delight film goers but also addresses important social issues. It‘s also a film that leaves the viewer with as many questions as answers, which is unusual and thought provoking.”
Producer and lead actress Kristin West (Hell’s Kitty, Circus of the Dead) showcased Phoenix Song, a long-form music video about reincarnation, at last year’s festival. West’s film won two awards including Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film in 2014.
The FANtastic Horror Film Festival is dedicated to providing an outlet for Independent Horror Films with a focus on movie viewers and the filmmakers. For three days, San Diego becomes the Horror Capital of the United States, and “plans to own the Independent Horror genre Halloween”. FANtastic Horror Film Festival prides itself on offering “brand-spanking-
For more information about FANtastic Horror Film Festival, please visit: http://www.fhffsd.org/
For more information about Seeking Valentina: www.seekingvalentina.com
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