March 23, 2020

Producer in Residence Emelie Mahdavian’s “Bitterbrush” awarded University Research Grant

F&MAD Producer in Residence Emelie Mahdavian’s newest documentary film “Bitterbrush” tells the story of two young women who work herding cattle in the remote American West. The film was recently awarded a University Research Grant and was also accepted into the Tribeca Film Institute/A&E Indiefilms Story Lab.  

"I'm thrilled to have the support of the University Research Committee on this project," says Mahdavian, "and particularly proud that this recognizes the field of film practice as research."


About the Film
In the remote and rugged mountains of the American West, two young women work alone herding cattle.Two friends spend the long summer living in a remote mountain cabin and herding cattle. Out of mobile phone reception, and usually alone, they brave inclement weather and perilous work conditions as they ponder their futures as women in ranching. A portrait of two young women who choose to work in an isolated and beautiful part of the American West.

About Emelie Mahdavian
Emelie Mahdavian is an experimental and documentary filmmaker. She produced, wrote, and edited "Midnight Traveler," which won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2019 and will open in US theaters this fall. Her first feature documentary After the Curtain premiered at Lincoln Center as part of the 44th Dance on Camera series. Her experimental motion capture dance film Intangible Body, exploring censorship of women’s dance in Iran, was exhibited at museums and international festivals. Emelie studied filmmaking at London Film School, has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. She is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Utah and is currently in production on the documentary feature "Bitterbrush."

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