Farzin Farzaneh is a filmmaker and visual artist living and working in Montreal. He has practiced painting, drawing, filmmaking and photography for most of his life and is constantly exploring different art forms and media. His films and artwork have been screened and exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. He has taught art and filmmaking to students from kindergarten to university levels and continues to explore the ever- expanding panoply of techniques and styles of filmmaking. His films tend to have a sensual and moody visual component that bear witness to his strong sense of aesthetics.
Name: Farzin Farzaneh
Lives in: Montréal, Canada
Company: Lackadaisy Films (formerly Lachrymose Films)
Occupation: Animator, Cinematographer, Director and Editor
The Sandwich, the Bird, her Man and his Troubles
Film (short) by Lackadaisy Films (Animation) Director, Animator Red is a pathologically shy, middle-aged man who is married to a small bird: a lovely, but dangerous cardinal called Birdie. Red is on the precipice of fulfilling his life-long ambition of riding his favourite roller coaster for the ten thousandth time when an unusual thing happens: the turkey sandwich that he has prepared for lunch suddenly comes to life. To Red's shock and distress, the sandwich informs him that Birdie is contemplating leaving him, and that he must choose between her and the roller coaster. What ensues is a tense struggle between Red and the sandwich, who grows increasingly belligerent. Red tries desperately to keep alive his roller coaster dream, without losing his only love. In development. Story and script by Jill Goldberg
Lansky: The Mob's Money Man
Film (Animation) Director, Animator Lansky: The Mob's Money Man is an animated musical based on Roland Perrin's operetta of the same name. The project is in the development stage at the moment.
Film by Lackadaisy Films & Little Black Book Productions (Documentary) Producer, Director, DOP, Editor Desire and taboo collide in this intimate visit with a phone sex operator. Listen closely: she may change your views on sex forever. Phone Whore is a feature-length docu-drama based on Cameryn Moore's award-winning stage play of the same name. It is an honest and entirely authentic glimpse into the daily life and work of a phone sex operator. Cameryn Moore delivers a thoroughly convincing performance of her own experience as a phone sex operator and explains the way in which it has shaped her thoughts and opinions on societal views on sexuality. To be released in 2016
Wwoofing to the Edge of the World (2016)
Film by Lackadaisy Films (Documentary) Producer, Editor In 2013, Matthew McCully drove from Sherbrooke, Québec to the Edge of the World Music Festival in Haida Gwai, British Columbia with cameraman, Jason Cox. Along the way, they visited over thirty organinc farms where Matthew performed his music. The result is a feature length "rockumentary" that explores the rewards and challenges of organinc farming, the Wwoofing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) programme and some amazing music.
What Happened to Canada?
Film (short) by Greenpeace Canada (Animation) Director, Animator The classic CBC sign-off animation from days gone by, remade for Greenpeace Canada to fit Stephen Harper's vision for the country. Classical hand-drawn animation by Farzin Farzaneh. "O Canada" musical interpretation by Sandra Chechik.
Ellie & Clara
Film (short) by Lackadaisy Films (Drama) Producer, Director, DOP, Editor Ellie & Clara is a coming of age story about two childhood friends who rekindle their friendship after several years' separation. They meet for a hike on a small mountain on a brisk and windy day at the end of Autumn. It is a place that evokes poignant memories for Clara, who used to go hiking there with her now deceased father. The natural surroundings and Ellie's closeness compel Clara to reveal a secret that she has kept to herself since the age of fourteen. It has to do with her father and a disturbing incident between them that they never discussed. The uncertain tenderness between the two friends grows into a more solid bond of complicity as a result of sharing this intimate secret.
Film (short) by Lachrymose Films Producer, Director, Animator, Editor Drat is a film about a woman living alone in a country house. Her solitary routine is disrupted when she suspects that some kind of animal is trying to invade her home. Her suspicion turns into obsession as she tries in vain to keep the creature out. These efforts, along with the woman's growing anguish, occupy the main portion of the film. However, furry intruders are not the only cause for concern. The landscape surrounding her abode rustles and heaves restlessly, and the roots of a nearby tree threaten to crack the very foundations of the woman's house. This is the story of one person’s lonely attempts to hold on to the small haven that she has carved out of her environment, and to keep it secure against the outside forces of nature. To her chagrin, she finds that the natural environment does not always recognise her exclusive right to such comforts.
Best Short Film: Ellie & Clara - Festival du Cinéma du Monde de Sherbrooke (Canada)
Best Short Film: Drat - IFQ Film & New Media Festival, New York
Best Animated Short: Drat - Queens World Film Festival, New York
McGill University (Montreal)