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filmmaker , video artist , Video specialist

Caveh Zahedi, American filmmaker, video artist, video specialist. Named Atlanta Film Festival Best Feature, Image Film and Video Center, 1997, Guggenheim fellow, 1997; recipient Rotterdam Film Festival Critics award, Association Dutch Critics, 1994; fellow, National Education Association, 1996. Member of Film Arts Foundation.


Zahedi, Caveh was born on April 29, 1960 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States.


He studied philosophy at Yale University. In the UCLA graduate program he completed his first feature film, A Little Stiff (1991), with fellow student Greg Watkins.


Upon graduation, Zahedi moved to Paris, France to find funding for his films, but failed to interest any French producers in his projects about Arthur Rimbaud, Stéphane Mallarmé, and Eadweard Muybridge. He also estranged himself from his idol, Jean-Luc Godard, after calling him at 3 a.m. He also produced an experimental music video of a Talking Heads song, which was rejected by David Byrne.

Zahedi subsequently returned to to attend UCLA film school. The film was an experimental narrative in which he re‑enacted his unrequited love for a UCLA art student, using real-life participants. A Little Stiff premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim, but did not bring commercial success.

In 1998 Zahedi moved to , where he made his next feature, In the Bathtub of the World (2001). The film was a year-long video diary, with the premise of recording one minute every day for an entire year, and editing the footage down to 90 minutes. The film premiered on the Independent Film Channel.

In 2001 Zahedi made Tripping with Caveh, a 30‑minute film of a mushroom trip with singer-songwriter Will Oldham (also known as Bonnie "Prince" Billy).


  • 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship\r\n2005 Gotham "Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You"\r\n2008 Rome Prize.


  • Other Work

    • Filmmaker Sundance Institute, Park City, Utah, 1991, Museum Modern Art, New York City, 1991, Lincoln Center, Pesaro, Italy, 1991, WDR-television, Koln, Germany, 1992, Centro Galego Arte Contemporanea, Santiago, Spain, 1996, Sundance Channel, 2000, I Don't Hate Las Vegas Anymore, I Was Possessed by God, In the Bathtub of the World. Co-director: A Little Stiff. Performer: Citizen Ruth, 1996, Treasure Island, 1999, Waking Life, 2001, A Sign From God, 2000.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member of Film Arts Foundation.