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A Video Montage by Omid Walizadeh
We are thrilled to announce the premiere of FOLK MAGIC CINEMA, a new video/film montage series featuring cut-ups of home videos, public access tv, travel & ethnographic film and more.
Our first feature is “Video-Zadeh” by L.A.-based DJ and producer Omid Walizadeh. "Video-Zadeh," which means "video-born," is a mesmerizing 43-minute video montage featuring (mostly) late 80s to late 90s Persian public access tv out of Los Angeles, including music performances, commercials, newscasts, and more. (For those who may not know, Los Angeles is home to a very large Iranian American community, estimated to be around 700,000 people, many of which began settling there after fleeing the 1979 Iranian Revolution).
"I've been collecting VHS and Beta tapes since the early 90’s," Omid told us. "It all started with my dad's collection. He would advertise on Persian public access shows in Los Angeles (late 80’s to late 90’s), so he would record all the shows. He also introduced me to prominent Iranian American media figures like Homa Sarshar and Ali Limonadi (IRTV) who generously gave access to their archives. Like I do with samples from tapes & records, I mix video images with beats and try to make something funky. Some of my favorite finds from the videos are the advertisements of Iranian businesses in Southern California, many of which are not around anymore - “Sherkateh Ketab,” for example, which was a prominent bookstore in Westwood. My father was always recoding home movies also. I was a big breakdancing fan, so whenever we had guests at our house, my brother and I would start breaking on the Persian carpet and luckily a lot of those recordings remained. At the time we used to get annoyed that he was always filming but now were grateful that he did."