Friday, January 17, 2014

Local filmmaker Sarah Lotfi to speak at U.N. event

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Later this month, Sarah Lotfi, the extraordinarily gifted filmmaker from Colorado Springs, will speak in Geneva, Switzerland as part of the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization Open Innovation: Collaborative Projects and the Future of Knowledge conference.

Lotfi, along with her team, will present "Open Collaborations in Independent Film" at this conference, examining "the processes of collaboration open to independent filmmakers in technology, business models, and financing," according to the press release. Then she'll screen her most recent film, Menschen.
click to enlarge Lotfi on the set of Menschen. - ALEXIS EVELYN
  • Alexis Evelyn
  • Lotfi on the set of Menschen.

Lotfi, who is 25, was approached after conference organizers watched the 2012 film, according to the release. Menschen follows a German company at the end of World War II that has taken in a boy with a developmental disability, played in real life by an actor with Down syndrome. Lotfi is the keynote speaker, but will be presenting with Anastasia Cummings, one of Menschen's producers and a successful woman in the filmmaking field, as well as Ben Sullivan, David Grauberger and Jeremiah Delasio, who work in the state film scene.

It's a tremendous honor for Lotfi, as WIPO is one of the U.N.'s 17 specialized agencies. Other speakers at the conference include architect Rem Koolhaas, film historian Kevin Brownlow and actress Iréne Jacob.

The conference runs Jan. 22-23, with Lotfi's presentation taking place the first day at 4 p.m. It's free and open to the public (register here), should you have the means to cross the pond.

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