Ana Esfandiari is an American visionary filmmaker whose main interest is to make films with substance and integrity that inform and inspire while maintaining a character-centered focus. She received an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Los Angeles Pierce College, a BA degree in Communication with an emphasis in Mass Media from The University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and an MA degree in Video at the Lansdowne Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, London. She has received a number of accolades mostly for acting, some for sports. As a child, she received a certificate for Best Speaker of Afrikaans among immigrant students at her primary school in South Africa. One of her pastimes was as singer/songwriter of a Queen-inspired rock band called Belovedia in her late teens to her early twenties.
The Medes, also known as the Medians, were an ancient Iranian people. Ana is half Azeri on her maternal side so she may have some Median blood coursing through her veins. She is most definitely a mixture of Persian and Scythian. On her paternal side, one of her ancestors was the installed Sassanid King, Jamasp. He was king for only two years. He stepped down from his position so as to restore the throne to his brother, Kavadh I, who had preceded him as king. He left for the Pontic Steppes (Ukraine) in the 5th century, sometime during or after the year 498, for religious reasons (he was a very pious Zoroastrian). Ana’s family stayed there for two hundred years before returning to their motherland, the Land of the Iranians.
The first five letters in the word Median spells “media”, which ties in nicely with film since film is a medium – a channel or system of communication, information, and/or entertainment. Medium also means something in the middle position, likewise “median” means in the middle or intermediate position. She is neither an inexperienced filmmaker nor is she a highly experienced filmmaker – she is in the middle! It should now be clear why she selected “median films” for the URL address of her website.
As a writer and director, her goal is to work on feature length film projects having been influenced by some non-genre film categories that cross-over traditional genre film types, including: classic movies, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, the supernatural, and world cinema as well as documentaries. Ana shares renowned exploratory author, Stephen King’s sentiments: “As a rule, I don’t worry about genre. I just want to tell a good story, with characters that interest me and my readers. The whole concept of genre seems a little bogus to me… What I really want is to pull the reader in, and give him or her an immersive experience.” As a writer and filmmaker, Ana, too, likes to work across many genres because her writing style transcends both literal and figurative boundaries when it comes to theme and subject matter. The blurring and transgression of boundaries and the fluidity of information that can-and-does exist in a non-physical state can-and-does, if conditions permit, transition into matter. According to Pierre Lescaudron, “Whether or not an observer is present, any given event does modify the state of the universe and its information content.” However, if an observer is present, it makes information gathering and dissemination all the more interesting. In the words of the heretic, pantheist, nature mystic, possessing ‘a touch of the sibyl’, Emily Brontë: “I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.”
To be firmly grounded in the present, one must embrace one’s past without dwelling in it. My fascination with the past is in how it shapes, informs and forms the present and, unless mended, the unbending legacy of the past will carry on into the future. ~ Ana Esfandiari