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Curriculum Vitae

Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz


M.F.A. Film and Media Arts, Temple University, August 2008—August 2011

  • M.F.A. Thesis: Inheritance (2012, TRT: 26:54)
  • Thesis Committee: Eran Preis, Rea Tajiri, Rodney Evans

M.A. Multicultural American Literature, University of Georgia, August 2005—May 2007

Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate, University of Georgia, August 2005—May 2007

  • Master’s Thesis: “To A Different Beat: The Poetics and Politics of Jack Kerouac.”
  • Major Advisor: Dr. Barbara McCaskill

B.S. Psychology, High Honor, Georgia Institute of Technology, August 1999—December 2003

  • Senior Thesis: “Attributional Complexity and Frontal Lobe Functioning as Accounts of Age Differences in the Correspondence Bias.”
  • Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Fredda Blanchard-Fields

Research & Teaching Interests

Documentary Film Theory; Documentary Production; Feminist Theory; Multicultural Studies; Ethnography; Film Studies; Iranian New Wave Cinema; Postcolonial Studies; Race & Representation


How to Tell A True Immigrant Story [post-production] Virtual Reality / 360 video documentary

  • Role: Director, Videographer, Editor, Producer

Como Vivimos [in progress] digital video documentary

  • Role: Director, Cinematographer, Producer

La Casa de Mama Icha [post-production] digital video documentary

  • Role: Co-Producer

Closest to the Pain digital video journalism

  • Director, Co-cinematographer, Producer, Editor

¡PRESENTE! Performance Ethnography

  • Role: Writer, Researcher, Colalborator, Filmmaker        
  • Performed at the Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs, 2016

Us In Pieces (2014) digital video documentary short

  • Role: Writer, Director, Editor 
  • Exhibitions:
    • London International Heritage Foundation screening, May 29, 2015
    • Eastern Breeze International Film Festival, May 6 – 11, 2015
    • Society for Photographic Education, Women’s Film Festival, March 2015
    • Cultures of the Iranian Diaspora Conference, April 11, 2014

Inheritance (2012) Digital video documentary, 26:54

  • Role: Writer, Director, Producer, Editor
  • Distribution:
    • Comcast Cinema Asian America series, March 2015
    • Center for Asian American Media: Educational DVD Distribution
    • Fandor Online Movie Database (2012 – 2014)
  • Exhibitions:
    • Indie Grits, April 2015
    • Cinema at the Edge Film Festival, April 2015
    • Conference of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S., April 2015
    • San Diego Asian Film Festival, November 2013
    • Muhlenberg College, April 2013
    • CAAMFest 2013, San Francisco
    • Society for Photographic Education, Women’s Film Festival, March 2013
    • Cine Theater Special Screening, Athens, Georgia, November 2012
    • Iranian Alliances Across Borders National Conference, October 2012
    • Franklin and Marshall College, April 2012
    • “Elephant in the Dark: Refractions of Muslim Identity” at University of Pennsylvania
    • Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, March 2012 [Co-Curator]
    • “The Things They Carry,” International House Philadelphia, November 2011
    • ArgusFest Denver, December 2011
    • Works-in-Progress Screening, Eastern New Mexico University, September 2011

Conversations with My Aunt (2008) 16 mm experimental documentary, 07:31         

  • Role: Writer, Director, Producer
  • Screenings:
    • Who’s Got Short Shorts? A Program of Short Films. Philadelphia, PA. December 8, 2009  
    • Scribe Storyville Series. Philadelphia, PA.  July 10, 2009
    • Diamond Screen Film Festival. Philadelphia, PA, May 13, 2009
    • Greater Philadelphia Student Film Festival (Winner: Best Documentary). March 27, 2009
    • The Flickering Light. Mt. Airy, PA. March 27, 2009

Web Series

Bracero Oral History Project (2013 – 2015)

  • Oral History initiative in partnership with 67 Sueños (a youth development project of American
  • Friends Service Committee) to record stories of former Bracero farmworkers in Stockton, California.
  • Role: Co-Producer, Co-Director, Assistant Camera, Editor
  • Example:

Love Philly Food (2011- 2012)

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, Georgia State University, January 2019 – Ongoing

Assistant Professor, Muhlenberg College, August 2015 – December 2018

Visiting Assistant Professor, Muhlenberg College, January 2015 – May 2015

Teaching Fellow, Interlochen Center for the Arts, August 2014 – December 2014

Instructor of Record, Temple University, May 2010 – December 2010

Teaching Assistant, Temple University, January 2009 – December 2012

Courses Taught

Digital Media Production

  • Digital Cinematography, Spring 2019
  • Art of Video Editing: Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2018
  • Video Production: Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018
  • Introduction to Moviemaking: Spring 2016, Spring 2017
  • Video Journalism: Fall 2016
  • CUE Advanced Video Production: Spring 2016


  • Introduction to Documentary Storymaking: Fall 2018
  • Documentary Capstone: Spring 2018
  • Docs in Progress: Spring 2017
  • Documentary Research: Spring 2015
  • Experiments in Documentary Form: Spring 2015


  • Advanced Screenwriting: Spring 2018
  • Introduction to Screenwriting: Fall 2015, Fall 2016
  • Screenwriting for TV / Web: Spring 2016
  • Writing for Media I: Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Summer 2010

Film Studies                

  • Media and Culture: Fall 2010
  • International Cinema, focus on Iranian Cinema: Spring 2009

Awards and Grants

LVEHC Course Development Grant, Fall 2018

Imagining Migration in 360 Video: Immigration Stories in Full Frame. Brookline Interactive Group

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, 2017

Solutions Journalism Network Grant, to support post-production for Closest to the Pain

Field of Vision Research Grant, Como Vivimos. Fall 2016

Muhlenberg College Summer Research Grant, 2016

BAVC National Mediamaker Fellowship. March 2016—December 2016

Best Short Film, Inheritance, Indie Grits Film Festival, Columbia, SC. April 2015

Cal Humanities Documentary Research & Development Grant, Como Vivimos. Spring 2015

Cal Humanities Community Stories Grant for Bracero Oral Histories in partnership with American Friends Service Committee. Spring 2013      

Loni Ding Award for Social Issue Documentary, Inheritance, Center for Asian American Media.  March 2013

Comcast Community Voices Grant for Love Philly Food. August 2012

Finishing Funds, Inheritance, Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association. January 2012

Comcast Launch Community Voices Grant. October 2011

Temple University Completion Grant, Inheritance. Department of Film and Media Arts. Nov. 2010

Best Documentary, “Conversations with My Aunt.” Greater Philadelphia Student Film Festival. March, 2009

University Fellowship, Temple University. 2008—2011

Short Fiction Award, “Let’s See What’s Happening.” Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival, March 2008

Hugh Kenner Research Travel Award. April 2006

Artist Residencies

Wexner Center for the Arts, Spring / Summer 2018

Skidmore College MDOCS Summer Storyteller’s Institute, June 2016

Interlochen Arts Academy, Filmmaker-in-Residence, Post-Production. August – December 2014


Ebrahimi Bazaz, A. “How to Tell A True Immigrant Story (in 360 video)” The Tile October 2018

Ebrahimi Bazaz, A. and Vigneri, S. “In a City Where 15 Percent of Voters Elected the Mayor,

Downtown Is Claiming Power.” Next City, November 2017.

Auguiste, R., de Michiel, H., Ebrahimi Bazaz, A., & Zimmerman, P. “Dossier: Speculations and

Inquiries on New Participatory Documentary Environments.” Afterimage Online, May/June 2017.

Ebrahimi, A. VerBrugghen, K. “Update from the Field: Youth Media, NAMAC, & the Creative

Youth Development Movement.” Youth Media Reporter (April 2015)

Ebrahimi, A. “Stronger Together: Why We Need a National Youth Media Network.” Youth Media Reporter (January 2014).

Ebrahimi, A. “Border Crossing and Genre Bending: A Conversation with jesikah maria ross.” (2013). Afterimage (41.3) 19 – 25.

Ebrahimi, A. “The Fruit of Our Labour: New Series of Documentaries by Emerging Afghan

Filmmakers.” Reorient Online Magazine (2013, July).

Hobbs, R., Cabral, N., Ebrahimi, A., Yoon, J. & Al-Humaidan, R. (2011, June). “Field-Based Teacher Education in Elementary Media Literacy as a Means to Promote Global Understanding.” Action in Teacher Education (33) 144 – 156.

McCaskill, Ebrahimi, Chambers. “The Great Society.” In The Long Civil Rights Movement, 1945 1980. Eds. Brian Johnson and Zoe Trodd. Conflicts in American History Series. Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman/Manly, Inc., 2009

McCaskill, Ebrahimi, Chambers. “Southern Civil Rights Organizations.” In Civil Rights Movement: People and Perspectives. Ed. Michael Ezra. Perspectives in American Social History Series. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2009

Conference Presentations

“Media & Mobilization: Documentary Filmmaking as a Space for Community Action.” Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice Conference. Lehigh University. April 2018.

“Bilateral Exchanges.” iDocs International Conference, Bristol, UK. March 2018.

“Cartographies of Participatory New Media: Critical Pedagogies and Social Impact.” Visible Evidence Conference, August 4, 2017.

“Field of Vision: Working with Researchers at Getting Real.” Getting Real 2016 National Documentary Conference. Thursday September 29, 2016.

“Towards Reclaiming Participatory Documentary Environments: Co-Creation, Collaboration, Community.” Visible Evidence Conference. August 12, 2016

Moderator. “Beyond the Classroom.” MCFLAC Symposium. Muhlenberg College. May 24, 2016.

“Participatory Digital Literacy in Desperately Unequal Times.” With Jenna Azar and Lora Taub. Digital Learning Research Network Conference, Stanford University. October 18, 2015.

“Filmmakers Roundtable: Exile Film Series.” Iranian Alliances Across Borders National Conference. Los Angeles, California. October 14, 2012.

“Crossing State and Artificial Boundaries On the Road.” Voices Across Boundaries: Stonybrook University Graduate Conference, New York City, NY. February 24, 2006

“On the Road in the 1950s: An Ambiguous Account of an Ambiguous Age.” In the City and On the Road: University of South Carolina Conference, Columbia, SC. March 25, 2006

Invited Presentations and Public Talks

“Farm Labor and Identity.” United Friends School of Quakertown, invited by Rachel Hamelers. October 2017.

“Migration and Identity.” Invited Class Presentation, Refugee Crisis: Dilemmas, Opportunities and Possibilities, Lehigh University. November 2016.

“Cylinders of Cyrus.” Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, November 15, 2016.

Moderator. “Filmmaking and Social Change.” Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Series. June 2014.

“Diasporic Identity in the Shadow of the Islamic Revolution.” San Jose State University, May 2014.

“Media Literacy to Understand Our [Iranian American] Community.” Student Leadership Camp, Iranian Alliances Across Borders. July 6, 2013.

“Media Literacy as a Campus Organizing Tool.”  West Coast Student Leadership Conference, Project Nur, American Islamic Conference. May 18, 2013.

“The Personal is Political: An Iranian American Perspective.”  Postcolonial Literature: Nations and Revolutions with Dr. Esra Santesso. University of Georgia. November 15, 2012.

“Iranian American Experience in Multicultural Studies.” Multicultural Literature and Composition, with Instructor Miriam Brown-Spiers. University of Georgia. November 15, 2012.

“Middle Eastern Representation in Mainstream Media.” University of Mississippi at Oxford, Project Nur. November 12, 2012.

“Documentary Editing and Filmmaking Process.” Editing for the Video Artist, with Cathleen Faubert. University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. October 8, 2012.

“Gender Politics after the Iranian Islamic Revolution.” Gender and Islam, with Dr. Manar Darwish. Franklin and Marshall College. April 21, 2012.

“Art and Social Change.” International Cinema, with Professor Eran Preis. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. March 29, 2012

“Beyond Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.” World Literature with Professor Megan Doyle. Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA.  February 1, 2010

“Iranian Experience in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Beyond.” Presentation to 9th grade classes. Conestoga High School, Wayne, PA.  December 11, 2009

“Media Representation of Iranian Americans.” Media and Culture with Instructor Laura Deutch. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. October 12, 2009

Women in the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative. WMST 1110

Multicultural Perspectives on Women in the United States. University of Georgia, Athens, GA. February 8, 2007

Field Service and Professional Associations

Grant Reviewer, Skidmore Storytellers Institute, Spring 2018

Board Member, Termite TV Collective, Winter 2018 – Ongoing

National Grant Reviewer, International Documentary Association Enterprise Documentary Fund, Fall 2017

National Grant Reviewer, California Humanities Documentary Project, Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2018

Evaluator, Digital Filmmaking Program Assessment, Eastern New Mexico University, Fall 2014

Producer, National Youth Media Convening, Philadelphia, August 6, 2014

Juror, Indie Grits Film Festival, April 16-20, 2014

Member, National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)

Community Teaching Experience

Instuctor, Estamos Aquí Photography Workshop, June – July 2018
Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Saratoga Springs, NY

Audience Engagement Mentor, March 2016 – August 2016
Vicky Funari “The Pool Movie”, Haverford College

Curriculum Development & Youth Media Instructor, January 2011 – May 2011
Global Awareness and Leadership Series (GALS), Philadelphia, PA
Women’s Campaign International

Youth Media Facilitator, June – August 2010
Asian Arts Initiative Summer Youth Lounge, Philadelphia, PA

Founding Director, December 2008 – August 2009
Media Workshop for Iranian American Youth, Philadelphia, PA

Lead Instructor, June – August 2009
Powerful Voices for Kids Summer Media Camp, Philadelphia, PA

Research and Professional Experience

Program and Communications Director, August 2012 – August 2014
National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), San Francisco, CA

Media Director, April 2011 – July 2012
Global Philadelphia Association (GPA), Philadelphia, PA

Social Media Coordinator, January – November 2011
Women’s Campaign International, Philadelphia, PA

Associate Producer, January 2010 – January 2011
Trixie Films, Brooklyn, NY

Graduate Research Assistant, Media Education Lab, October 2008 – May 2009
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Research Assistant, January 2006 – July 2007
Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


Farsi: Highly conversational. Basic knowledge in reading and writing.

Spanish: Highly conversational. Advanced reading.