Episode 33: Cyrus Nowrasteh

Cyrus Nowrasteh is a ground-breaking film-maker whose films have been consciousness raising, beautiful stories of depth and power. His latest film, Infidel is no different and is winning accolades everywhere it’s been allowed to open. Cyrus and Mark have known each other for many years as his sons attended the high school where Mark teaches and the oldest son, Alex, was in Mark’s class. “Cyrus used to say, ‘writing is a combination of ass + seat,’ and it may have been the best writing advice any student ever got,” Mark said.

Cyrus talks with Keith and Mark about Infidel as well as his past films including the controversial The Path to 9/11, The Day Reagan Was Shot and the moving and extraordinary The Stoning of Soraya M. and brings a bit of experience and sense to the strange time that is 2020 and how to make a film during the pandemic.

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