Midnight Approaches DVD is released!

Midnight Approaches…

” I found the marriage of visual, musical and poetic imagery in Niloufar Talebi’s
work to be touching and effective and an ideal way to discover and appreciate
contemporary Iranian poetry.”

-Michael Tilson Thomas
-SF Symphony Music Director


Introduction to Persian Poetry
A Bird Is a Bird
, poem by Abbas Saffari
I Hang Myself, poem by Saghi Ghahraman
Many Happy Returns, poem by Partow Nooriala
My Mother Did Not Become Beautiful, poem by Reza Farmand
Tomorrow, poem by Abbas Saffari
Night, poem by Majid Naficy

coming attractions:
Love Is Lemony, poem by Ziba Karbassi
Gravequake, poem by Ziba Karbassi
Song of Ruin, poem by Ziba Karbassi

Midnight Approaches…
Created by
Niloufar Talebi

Co-produced by
Sharlyn Sawyer of Afsaneh Art and Culture Society
The Translation Project

Performance Director
Zara Houshmand

Poetry Translations
Niloufar Talebi
Dan O’Connell

Ali Dadgar
Niloufar Talebi

Additional Actors
Francisco Gonzales Leon
Siam Moeini

Larissa Verduzen
Aliah Najmabadi

Design and Choreography
Sharlyn Sawyer

Original Music
Composed and Performed by
Hafez Modirzadeh
Mohammad Nejad
royal hartigan

Video Director, Editor,
Computer Graphics Design
Elaine G. Trotter

Video Engineer, DVD Encoding and Authoring
Andy Neddermeyer

Camera Operators
George Rosenfeld
Barry Scheinberg
Taroo Berry
Joe Faria

Audio Recording and mix
Phil Perkins

Video Production/Editing/DVD Facility
InVision Productions

Youbert Lazar

Menu Images
from “Pastoral”
Turaj Ebrahimi

Additional Images
Laila Salartash
Parvin Darabi
Sharlyn Sawyer

Bird Footage
“Montezuma Marsh”
Hoss Firooznia

Musical Compositions for
“Love is Lemony”
David Molina

This project is made possible by
a generous grant from
The Christensen Fund

Additional Support
Anonymous, Karim Nassiri-Toussi,
Maryam Ebrahimi, Matt Kamkar, Mike Bakhshi,
Roxanne and Alex Najafi, Shima Alaghemand,
Amir Farrahi and Mandana Kompani, Ramin Omid,
Michael Samak, Kristen Sbrogna, Haleh Hatami,
Michael Tilson Thomas and Joshua Robison,
John and Marcia Goldman,
Dr. and Mrs. Talebi

We Thank
Ken Wilson, Roger Greenwald, Nahid Mozaffari,
Richard Jeffrey Newman, Sepi Reisieh, Reza Moini,
Mark Eisner, Dan O’Connell, Rafique Keshavjee,
Maryam Ebrahimi, Sally Lee Christian, Pierre Joris,
Jordan Rosenfeld, Benjy Young and Project Artaud,
ODC Theater and Brittany Brown, Tercera Galleries,
Askold Melnyczuk, Dr. Kamron Jabbari, Laurel Winzler,
Bruce Bahmani, Tom Bruchs and Dolby Laboratories,
Maryam Sadeghy, Ahmad Kiarostami, Henry Rawitscher,
Farzad Mobin, Maryam Daryabegi, Maryam Khotani,
Catherine Howard, Ebrahim Pakzad, Mehran Farahani,
James Faerron, Simone Nelson, Niloofar Nouri, the
Marashi family, Maryam C., Lynn Hoggard, Zack Rogow,
Konrad Steiner, Mayumi Fujio Morrow, Tamim Ansary,
Deborah Krant, Felecia Faulkner, Yvonne Schellerup,
Ayad Alkadhi, Gordon Elkins, DJ Dirtyhertz ,
Bita Ghaffari, and many many others…

Copyright (c) 2006 All Rights Reserved
Afsaneh Art and Culture Society
The Translation Project