Sahara Pictures is a full-service production company that creates exquisitely crafted film and video for both commercial and entertainment ventures. Our creative group has produced several award-winning narrative films, documentaries and experimental films. Sahara Pictures LLC is co-owned and co-managed by Soudabeh Moradian and Mary E. Fry.

Soudabe Moradian

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Soudabeh Moradian was born in Tehran-Iran and graduated from the Tehran University of Art (School of Cinema & Theater), majored in cinema in 1996. She also received an MFA degree in Film and Video from California Institute of the arts (CalArts).
She started her career in Film-making, screenwriting and editing in 1996. She has made many TV documentary series about Iranian rural women, and some independent documentaries about “war and madness" such as "Doomsday Machine", "Story Of The Land On Ashes", "Mahin", "Voices Against Them" and some other narrative and documentary films like "The Leader of Caravan", "My Name Is Tomorrow" and "Les Chroniques d'iran". The subjects of her movies are mainly based on women rights, social issues and psychological impacts of war. A number of her movies have been in official selection of various international film festivals and many of them won awards.
Soudabeh immigrated to the United States in 2009 and continued her career as an Iranian-American filmmaker in the US since then . She made her first narrative feature length drama called Polaris in 2014 in Los Angeles and Seattle.  Polaris has been showcased in several film festivals since 2016.  
She's also been teaching at the film schools and colleges such as the Art Institute of California - Inland Empire (2017-2018), College of the Canyons (2018- Present) and Columbia College Hollywood (2019). She is currently a film professor at Syracuse University, New York (2019- present). 

Other Activities:
  • Panelist for Fellowships and Grants, New York Foundation of Arts (NYFA) (2021)
  • Panelist, Syracuse Source Grant (2021)
  • Jury member and presenter, Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (2019)
  • Panelist and lecturer on Iranian documentary filmmaking and, Visible Evidence XVII Conference: Istanbul (2010)
  • Collaboration in curating and organizing artistic events/showcases and workshops at REDCAT - CalArts (2012-2015)
  • Executive manager of the first workshop on documentary filmmaking at IRDFA (Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association) and DEFC (Documentary and Experimental Film Center) in Tehran, with the collaboration of Cinema Vérité Film Festival (2007)
  • Jury member for film festivals in Iran, such as Fajr Short Film Festival, Cinema Vérité, House of Cinema Film Festival, Forough Film Festival, Baran Film Festival, among others (1999- 009).
  • Vice President of the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association IRDFA – House of Cinema (The Iranian Alliance of Motion Picture Guilds) (2006-2009)
  • Columnist and film critic for various newspapers and Iranian artistic foundations (1992-2009)
  • Imdb page
  • Wikipedia page

Mary E. Fry

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Mary Fry is a Producer/Writer known for her creativity, resourcefulness and integrity. You can also see her performing in movie and TV roles in, both, Spanish and English. She has translated/adapted scripts from Spanish to English for production companies in Mexico and South America. Before entering the entertainment industry, she held leadership positions with two top Fortune 500 companies, specializing in distribution, logistics and supply chain management. Earlier in her career, Mary taught English as a second language (ESL) and Spanish in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She opened her own ESL program and created her own unique curriculum that was later picked up and funded by the U.S Immigration and Naturalization Service as part of their Amnesty program. Mary also developed the PAL (Partners Acquiring Languages) Program, a dual language immersion program, which was implemented in select Washington, DC area school systems. Mary has sailed from Newport, Rhode Island to the Virgin Islands, and from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. She enjoys swimming, sailing, hiking and most outdoor sports. She holds a BA in Business Management.