Simone does the PR at 1001 Production House
My ride with 1001 Production House has been like a rollercoaster. From the very beginning, april 2014, this place flet like home. Working with Nafiss and Farshad, inspiring people who taught me Iran isn't a scary place at all, was like working with family. We didn't always see eye to eye, we sometimes debated decisions and at times there were heated discussions in Farsi which I couldn't understand even if I tried. But passionate people talk passionate about their projects, in this case the film Dance Iranian Style, so no harm done and everybody just wanted the best for their "baby".
We've been through some highs and lows. Highs being for example the cast/cew viewing in Hilversum. Watching all the ideas come to life, seeing how the cast saw themselves on a huge screen en seeing the happy faces of Nafiss and Farshad after. But with the highs the lows are not far away and of course we had some. The struggle to find a distributor (still), or the right audience at a film festival. The constant money struggle, because the courage Nafiss had, making this film without any money but with donations or some art funds, is admirable.
With me leaving this project isn't even close to meeting it's whole and ultimate potential. So the rollercoaster ride isn't even close to reaching the end. There will be premieres at festivals, there will be enthousiastic responses from distributors and there, in the end, will be succes. It doesn't have to be world domination, or a Hollywoodfilm contract, but just the acknowledgement of our work, of the work of Nafiss and Farshad. And that's is the beauty about this project and this 1001 Production House family, it is never over.
Thanks everybody for the wonderful times in the 1001 Production House office, in the filmtheaters, in the postproduction studio Red Line and on the road. Thanks for the great memories and for the confidence in me and my work. I hope Dance Iranian Style will get the audience it deserves and Nafiss and Farshad the respect and adoratioin they deserve.
Hope to see you soon!