I learned to talk in Iran and to press the record button in the United States.
Over the past decade my work has focused on independent filmmaking, teaching media studies and production, and doing communications and community engagement primarily for arts and cultural organizations. By day I work as the Program Director at the Leeway Foundation, a foundation that funds individual women and trans artists in the Philadelphia using art as a tool for social change. When I’m not there I’m usually making, producing and curating films or playing with my preschooler.
I love: to watch TV and films (especially sci fi and fantasy), eat, cook, write, read, sew, this handsome guy and the preschooler we’re keeping alive together. I’m dedicated to: my Vipassana meditation practice (16 years), Philadelphia (20 years), and supporting the work of emerging artists.
A More Formal Bio
Sara Zia Ebrahimi is a digital media maker, curator and producer working primarily in short film, web series and streamed media formats. An MFA graduate of Temple University, her own work uses humor to weave together the personal with the political and show the interconnection between national/international policy decisions and individual lives. As a producer and community curator, she brings together and produces work that centers women, immigrants, and people of color and helps widen the spectrum of representation of marginalized communities. Her recent work includes The FBI Blew Up My Ice Skates (writer and co-director), Remember When: a collection of short films capturing the intersections of girlhood (co-curator) and Recurrence Plot: The Family Circle (producer) and Resistance: the battle of philadelphia (producer). She currently works as the program director at the Leeway Foundation, managing three grant programs and three residency programs for artists in the Philadelphia area working at the intersection of art and social change. Before working at the Leeway Foundation her previous positions have included working as a Community Engagement Coordinator for Independent Television Service's (ITVS) Community Cinema program and as the Development and Communications Director at Bread & Roses Community Fund.
I am a digital media maker working primarily in short film, web series and streamed media formats. My work uses humor to weave together the personal with the political and show the interconnection between national/international policy decisions and individual lives. My characters reflect the experiences of first generation immigrants–Iranian Americans in particular–as a cultural remix of both American culture and their parents’ heritage. I also am a community curator, collecting and producing short film screenings in community venues. My curatorial selections consist of work that centers women, immigrants, and people of color and help widen the spectrum of representation of marginalized communities. My goal is to both create and uplift compelling storytelling that affirms and celebrates those of us on the margins while also cleverly challenging racism and xenophobia.