Miami, FL – December 7, 2022 – Dr. Shireen Rahimi, an award-winning underwater filmmaker, environmental scientist, and the founder of Lightpalace Productions in Miami, is screening her new short film on December 14th at an Invite-only VIP preview at the Standard Hotel. The film will then debut at the Oolite Art’s Local Love Letters premier event at Soundscape Park on December 15th.

Titled “Letter From The Age of Ecocide,” Dr. Rahimi’s film is a short underwater narrative about climate anxiety told through the ancient poetry of her Persian ancestors. Dr. Rahimi’s intention with the film is to encourage discussion, reflection, and emotional release around the pain we feel for our ailing planet. 

Earlier this year, Oolite Arts asked filmmakers to tell them about their favorite Miami Beach places in a short film contest titled “Local Love Letters.” The nine winning filmmakers received $5,000 each to develop a 3- to 5-minute short film. 

“With this piece, I wanted to create a new type of environmental film that uses metaphor and surrealism to create space for healing and reflection around our collective feelings of planetary despair. Because to fight for our planet, we also have to heal. This story taps into my ancestors’ spiritual wisdom during intense turmoil in my homeland of Iran. I dedicate this film, with all my heart, to my sisters and brothers in Iran as they fight for an even more acutely uncertain future,” said Dr. Rahimi. 

Public Screening Details:

Local Love Letters Premiere
Thurs, Dec. 15, 2022, 7 p.m.
Soundscape Park
400 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

The screening is free to attend. To rsvp, click here

For more information about the film, visit Follow @lightpalac.e and @ageofecocide to stay up to date on additional screenings in Miami, LA, NYC, and beyond.

About Dr. Rahimi

Dr. Rahimi is an Iranian/American award-winning underwater filmmaker/photographer, marine anthropologist, freediver, and National Geographic Explorer. As a marine anthropologist, Shireen studies how people make sense of, interact with, and adapt to changing oceans. Shireen has been featured as a contributor on National Geographic Sharkfest, was named Nautica’s newest ocean conservation Wavemaker, and has had her work featured in National Geographic, PBS, ABC, Sierra Magazine, The Nature Conservancy, and film festivals around the word. With her team of some of Miami’s brightest creatives, Lightpalace delivers high-end production services, helping their clients bring compelling and memorable visual stories to life. To learn more, visit Lightpalace Productions

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