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Farshad Aminian-Tankei

Farshad AminianAssociate Professor of Media Studies
Phone: (239) 590-7963
E-Mail: faminian@fgcu.edu
Office: RH 214

MFA., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2005
B.A., University of Utah, 2001

Farshad Aminian-Tankei is a native of Iran whose primary interest is an art form of cinema where humanism and philosophy intermingle to create a universal language. He is interested in simple yet meaningful films which are rooted in poetry (such as modern and classical Persian poetry). He is interested in film and media as form of social, cultural, and political means for our global understanding. He has taught both film studies and production courses at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Ithaca College, NY. Courses he has taught are:

  1. Film History and Analysis
  2. European Art Cinema: French New Wave and Beyond
  3. New Iranian Cinema
  4. Film Production
  5. Short Experimental Poetic Filmmaking
  6. American Western Cinema
  7. Classical Japanese Cinema
  8. Science and Tech in Cinema
  9. Introduction to Film
  10. Honors: Understanding Visual and Performing Arts
  11. Third World Cinema
  12. Foundations of Civic Engagement
  13. Honors: Shi’Ism
  14. Honors: Fanon-Dabashi
  15. Honors: Iran Cultural Critic
  16. Honors: Edward Said: Orientalism

He admires world cinema from Africa to Far East to South America to Middle East to Eastern Europe. Some of his favorite filmmakers are: Yasujiro Ozu, Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Satyajit Ray, Akira Kurosawa, John Ford, Jean-Luc Godard, Federico Fellini, Osuman Sembene, Samir Makhmalbaf, Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergei Eisenstein, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Gutierrez Alea. He would like to pursue his career both as an educator and filmmaker.

Research and Creative Activity

  • Interests and Specialties:
    • Film production: narrative, experimental, poetic experimental, documentary, and nontraditional “Guerrilla” filmmaking
    • Film studies: intercultural cinema, Third world cinema, European art cinema
    • Pedagogy for social justice, multiculturalism, and humanity through films
  • Current Projects:
    • Green Fellow Short Experimental Fable Series—Part 5 and 6, with Dr. Maria Roca
  • Grants Applied for:
    • Professional Development Funds, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2008
  • Grants Received:
    • Professional Development Funds, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2008
  • Chapters and Sections in Professional Books:
    • Aminian-Tankei, Farshad. Contributor to Iran’s entries. Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema, Scarecrow Press, 2010.
    • Aminian-Tankei, Farshad. Co-writer. “Community Autoethnography: Critical Visceral Way of ‘Doing’ Intercultural Relationships.” Case Studies in Intercultural Dialogue, Kendall Hunt Publishing, (in print).
  • Works Published in Scholarly Journals:
    • Aminian-Tankei, Farshad. Producer and editor, Sachiko Tankei-Aminian’s performance “On Becoming Japerican.” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 9. 3 (2013): n. pag. Web. G.
  • Works Reviewed in Scholarly Journals / Books:
    • What is War? (2012), Director, Writer, and Editor, Short Digital Experimental Film, 11 minutes, Review in Peace and Change (39. 3), http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pech.12080/abstract
    • Hiroshima, Auschwitz: We Must Not Forget (2012), Director, Writer, and Editor, Experimental Film, 10 minutes, Review in Peace and Change (39. 3), http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pech.12080/abstract
    • The Call (2009), Director, Photographer, Editor, and Co-producer, Digital Video Narrative, 15 minutes, Review in Mallory McDuff’s book, Natural Saints: How People of Faith Are Working To Save God’s Earth, published by Oxford University in 2010
    • The Need (2009), Director, Photographer, Editor, and Co-producer, Digital Video Narrative, 11 minutes, Review in Mallory McDuff’s book, Natural Saints: How People of Faith Are Working To Save God’s Earth, published by Oxford University in 2010
  • Screened Works after Peer-reviewed and Selected:
    • What Would You Like To Become: Answers From Iranian School Children (2008), Director, Producer, Photographer, Writer, and Editor, Digital Video Documentary, 30 minutes, Screened at Cosmopolitan Iran Speaker and Film Series, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    • Iran December, 2007 (2008), Co-sound designer, Short Digital Video, 11 minutes, Screened at Central States Communication Association Conference, St. Louis Missouri, 2009
    • July 17, 2008 Japan (2008), Director, Co-writer, and Editor, Short Digital Experimental Video, 11 minutes, Screened at Civilians and Warfare in World History Conference, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2012
    • Liminality (2006), Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor, Digital Video Poetic-Experimental, 15 minutes, Screened at Middle Eastern Film Festival, North Carolina State University, 2007
  • Completed Films:
    • I Made a Journey? (2014), Director, Writer, and Editor, Short Digital Experimental Film, 11 minutes
    • What is War? (2012), Director, Writer, and Editor, Short Digital Experimental Film, 11 minutes
    • Hiroshima, Auschwitz: We Must Not Forget (2012), Director, Writer, and Editor, Experimental Film, 6 minutes
    • Fire, Clock, Baby, Moon (2011), Director and Editor, Short Digital Poetic-Experimental, 9 minutes
    • The Power (2011), Director, Co-producer, Photographer, and Editor, Digital Video Narrative, 13 minutes
    • The Hands (2011), Director, Co-producer, Photographer, and Editor, Digital Video Narrative, 13 minutes
    • Progressive Students Alliance Human Trafficking Short (2009), Director, Co-producer, Photographer, and Editor, Digital Video Experimental, 30 seconds
    • Stop Violence (2008), Editor, Digital Video Short, 2 minutes
    • Through A Dewdrop (2007), Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor, Digital Video Poetic Experimental, 14 minutes
    • You Are Not a Dangerous One—Caught in a double-bind as an Asian Japanese Female (2006), Co-creator, Producer, Editor, and Photographer, Digital Video Cine-performance, 14 minutes
    • This Prison (2005), Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor, MFA Thesis Film, 16mm
    • Perpetual Perplexities Here (2005), Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor, 16mm
    • An Oasis in the Moment (2004), Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor, 16mm, 8-minute experimental
    • Areaj (2004), Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor, Digital Video
    • A True Story (2004), Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor, 16mm
    • The Garden (2003), Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor, 16mm
    • First Grader (2002), Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor, Super 8mm
    • Hidden Half (2002), Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor, Super 8mm
    • Reminiscing Iran (2000), Director, Producer, Writer, and Editor, Screenplay by Touraj Norrozi, SVHS

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