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The Iran Job

Monday, Feb 10, 2014
Film Screening @ 7PM
Doors Open @ 6:30PM

Meet the filmmakers reception following movie

The Arts Council
Smithgall Arts Center

Tickets: $7 Adult, $5 Students;
$5 Seniors (65+)


The Arts Council, Inc. and The University of North Georgia present the independent feature film "The Iran Job" with Till Schauder (Director/Producer) and Sara Nodjoumi (Producer) as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center on Monday, Feb 10, 2014. Ticket price includes the movie and the Meet the Filmmaker Q&A session following the film screening.

Documentary | Sport
Run time: 93 minutes


The Iran Job follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season in Iran culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement – a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.




"Exceptional in its storytelling" - Los Angeles Times

“Spellbinding.” - ESPN

"Celebrating warmth, humor, and complicated humanity." - Variety

"Surprisingly timely, this doc follows an American basketball player’s experiences in Iran as he tries to lead his new team to victory in the Iranian pro leagues. Not just an example of how sports can bridge cultural divides, but also an intriguing look at Iranian society in general."
- New York Magazine



Sara Nodjoumi and Till Schauder

Till Schauder – worked at Roger Corman’s Concorde Pictures in Los Angeles before attending the University of Television and Film, Munich. In Germany he wrote and directed award winning films (Max Ophüls Film Festival Reader’s Award). He made his U.S. debut with the romantic comedy Santa Smokes which won several international awards, among them Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award. Duke’s House, about Duke Ellington’s Harlem home premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2007 Schauder worked as director and series producer for Berlin-based Story House Productions on Galileo Mystery, the most successful weekly science magazine on German cable, Pro7. In 2007 Schauder founded Partner Pictures. In 2012, Schauder directed and produced the critically acclaimed documentary, The Iran Job, which completed two of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time, was the recipient of numerous grants and was released in the U.S. in fall 2012, ultimately picked up by Film Movement and re-distributed on all platforms in June 2013. He teaches film classes at NYU and has been a guest lecturer at various other campuses. He has also been invited to serve on film festival juries and panels, e.g. at the Munich International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, & Bahamas International Film Festival, amongst others.

Sara Nodjoumi – is a film producer and programmer. From 2004-2009 she worked at the Tribeca Film Festival as an Associate Programmer. In 1999, Sara co-produced and directed a series of documentaries about the Iranian community in America. I Call Myself Persian: Iranians In America, the first of these films, aired on multiple PBS stations and premiered in New York at the MOMA Documentary Fortnight. From 2002 to 2005, Nodjoumi joined award-winning director Till Schauder as an Associate Producer on his feature films Santa Smokes and Duke’s House. In 2006, she worked with Roadside Attractions and Classic Media on the marketing and release of Charles Sturridge’s critically acclaimed Lassie. She then went on to co-produce Lassie’s Pet Vet, a weekly half-hour PBS series. In 2009, Nodjoumi launched and programmed the first children’s film series at Tribeca Cinemas (Rated #1 movie series in NYC for kids by NY Magazine). In 2009, Sara left Tribeca to become a full time producer. After much critical acclaim and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Sara’s feature-length film, The Iran Job, was recently pick-up for distribution by Film Movement.


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The Southern Circuit Tour of independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. This screening is supported in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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