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1 peoplemprofiles Q & A with Joubin Mortazavi Beverly High graduate shares the expernce of producing his first film, "21" Joubin Mortazavi was born in Iran. At the age of five, his family migrated to the U.S. during the Islamic Revolution. He moved to Beverly Hills in 1986. Mortazavi went to Beverly Vista and graduated from Beverly High in 1991. He attended USC where he had a major in English and a minor in film production. During his time at USC, Mortazavi met Eli Frankel who co-wrote the script for the film "21" with him. The film was shot on location in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and has been submitted to approximately 24 different film festivals. Q: What is the film about and where did the idea come from? A: We centered the film around that period right before graduation. You don't- know what's waiting for you after you graduate. You don't know if you're going to see any of your friends again and you're trying to hold onto something. It's- just an unsteady part of your life where you try to make sense of what you have. And in the midst of all that, one of the best friends dies. So this one main char- acter kind of gets everyone back together because he knows that that's where the answer is- the friends he made. And I really strongly believe that the best thing about college is the friendships you A: Originally, the tide was "Closer to Twilight" but we were never very com- fortable with it because "twilight" means the end of something. We came up with "21" because we wanted more of the Vegas element. And another thing was the age and what it represents. It represents that doorway of passage where you offi- cially become an adult. Q: Where did your interest in film come from? A: I've always sort of been into film but I got into writing because we all go through sort of that dark period in our lives where you can't figure out what you're doing, or you're trying to make sense of whatever. I make sense of it through writing extended poems and tKMy dad was a film producer in Iran so this is exactly what he wants me to do. || make. So he goes back and tries to solid- ify that before he enters the real world. Q: How did you come up with the title of the film, "21 "? short stories. I realize that's how I person- ally find peace. My father raised us around films. And I think for a lot of refugees, films are sort of an escape- that sort of make the world okay. So that's how I got into film. I've been around it all my life. Q: What do your parents think about what you're doing? A: My dad was a film producer in Iran so this is exactly what he wants me to do. Actually, one of the associate producers is Ramin Moriazavi, my brother. We were able to do this together, sort of like a tag team. So they are really proud of me and they've been very supportive. You really need that support from friends and fami- ly. Q: What are your plans for the future after this film? A: I just finished my next script. My partner, Eli, and I are doing another script that's totally different. The script that I and another Beverly High alumni fin- ished is a romantic comedy set in Chicago and L.A. called "Love and Other Four Letter Words". The one I'm doing with Eli now is like an action a dark thriller. We're hoping we can get that going. Hopefully what happens with a lot of movies is that it not only generates interest in the film, but in the filmmaker. , ' --Show i;iiiwie00,-e,-00 h;wm;ih i;;i;!i: .............. " ' I I I I I I I I ," $20 gets your 15-word message ,n ," ,' - our Feb. I0 Valentine's Day Issue. ,' ', Message - print clearly I I I I ! 1 1 a 0 per 15 words) 'I ', , ($20 I , BILLING:Visa/Mastercard # _ -. - - , "  Phone orders also accepted[ ' " Card holder's street address # (required for phone orders) '  310.887.0788[ ,,._ , Card holder's zip code DEADLINE is Tues., Feb 8 at 10 a.m.: I II- iin illl iim iim iiii aim imm iim mll elm oil lie im mll iim ill iim iim mm m m m i  m I m  i m I m m i  i m m m m   i m  i i i i i i    i  i I  i a  a      i   d 8 Beverly Hills Weekly