“A Day in the Life” with Calgary Film Director Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi

Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi is a film-based storyteller and documentarian living in Calgary and Montreal. He guides his practice with an empathic eye, open curiosity, and a collaborative approach, inviting subjects into the process of telling their own stories. Through his company, Nur Films, Ramin has directed, edited, and produced six feature-length films (one narrative and five documentaries), numerous narrative shorts, music videos, mini-docs, two seasons of a sketch comedy show, and a music variety series. Whether working with fact, fiction, or something in-between, Ramin makes films in relationship with communities, holding time for diverse people to share compelling tales never told before.

-Written by Caitlind R. C. Brown

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I spend the majority of my time with my family. A lot of that time is spent watching films.
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Fun day with the breakdance crew on the feature film drop (From left to right; Kieran Martin, Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi, Christopher Clare, Marie Benoit, Deward Campbell and Farzam Bahrambic)
I love prepping and playing with gear.
Stress is abundant in my life and these two are a great release and reminder of what is actually important. (Nato the dog, Vali the boy)
One of the best parts of my work is collaboration with amazing people. John Iaquinta and Nima Fard doing ADR recording for drop at 6 degrees Music and Sound.
Always inspired by other amazing Calgary artists. Device For Listening to Snow Falling by Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett
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First day of shooting on drop with the amazing Puls Gateway Dancers 2022 at Pulse Studios.
Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi
Inspired by the greats. Kevin McDonald


Which ‘hood are you in?

When in Calgary I spend most of my time in Country Hills. When not in Calgary I spend most of my time in the Plateau Montreal.

What do you do?

I am a filmmaker, an all-inclusive term for Writer/Producer/Director. I also run a small Calgary-based boutique production company called Nur Films Inc.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently developing a feature narrative film entitled Little People with Calgary legends Shane Ghostkeeper and Sarah Houle. I am also in early state development on a comedy series with some other Calgary greats I will mention later.

Where can we find your work?

Nur Films

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