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Farshad Aminian, MFA

Associate Professor
Dept of Integrated Studies
Office: Reed Hall RH - 214
Phone: 239-590-7963
Email: faminian@fgcu.edu

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Education

MFA, in Mass Communication and Media Arts--with concentration in film studies/production-- Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2005
B.A, in Film Studies, University of Utah, 2001

Specialties

Farshad Aminian-Tankei is a native of Iran whose primary interest is an art form of cinema with emphasis on humanism and Marxist philosophy. He is interested in film and media as form of social, cultural, and political means in the age of globalization.  

Research and Teaching Interests

His research is primarily concentrating in film production and as one of the contributors to the groundbreaking book in the field of cinema studies The Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema. His interest in filmmaking remains within the realm of documentary, poetic experimental, narrative and political collage. His current project is a documentary on a long-term dialysis patient in Japan.
He has taught both film studies and production courses at Florida Gulf Coast University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Ithaca College, NY.

Courses Offered

Film History and Analysis
European Art Cinema: French New Wave and Beyond
New Iranian Cinema
Film Production
Short Experimental Poetic Filmmaking
American Western Cinema
American Cinema/American Culture
Classical Japanese Cinema
Science and Technology in Cinema
Introduction to Film
Honors: Understanding Visual and Performing Arts
Third World Cinema
Foundations of Civic Engagement
Honors Reading: Shi'Ism
Honors Reading: Fanon-Dabashi
Honors Redaing: Iran Cultural Critic
Honors Reading: Edward Said: Orientalism

Publications

Current Project

  • To Live: Daily Lives of One Long-Term Dialysis Patient  "生きる:ある長期透析患者の日常" (2019), Co-Director, Co-Producer, Photographer, Co-Writer, and Co-Editor, Documentary, 29 minutes.

Chapters and Sections in Professional Books:

  • Aminian-Tankei, Farshad. Contributor to Iran’s entries. Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema, Scarecrow Press, 2010 and second edition, forthcoming 2020.
  • Aminian-Tankei, Farshad. Co-writer. “Community Autoethnography: Critical Visceral Way of ‘Doing’ Intercultural Relationships.” Case Studies in Intercultural Dialogue, Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2015.

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 Wiley Journal of Peace and Change (39. 3 July 2014)
  • Hiroshima, Auschwitz: We Must Not Forget (2012), Director, Writer, and Editor, Experimental Film, 10 minutes, Review in Wiley Journal of Peace and Change (39. 3 July 2014)
  • 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:

  • Bardo: Liminality Between Death and Rebirth (2018), Co-Director, Co-Producer,  poetic experimental autoethnography, 10 minutes, Peer-Reviewed, Official Selection and Screened at the 104th National Communication Association (NCA), 2018  
  • What Would You Like To Become: Answers From Iranian School Children (2015), Director, Producer, Photographer, Writer, and Editor, Digital Video Documentary, 30 minutes, Screened at Cosmopolitan IranSpeaker 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