My name is Maggie Pour and it is with great enthusiasm that I am participating in the Take One 2022 filmmaker program at Asian Culture & Media Alliance. I am a graduate student in two California State University, Los Angeles programs: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA). Within the next academic year, I will be working on my thesis project, a short film, to fulfill my MFA requirement in production.
As the daughter of exiled Iranians, I have been raised in France and the United States. I have formed multiple hyphenated identities, and I am still searching for myself. Coming out of journalism school, I intended to enter the noble occupation of a reporter. To my chagrin, I became increasingly disappointed in the American business of news making and decided to try a different route, the filmmaking track. Long passionate about the medium, I switched my documentary-making skills to fictional narrative storytelling. As a student filmmaker, I intend to exhibit my cultivated craft of writing, producing, and directing, as well as other initiatives I have taken in my journey from journalism to film school. I aim to display a particular artistic approach reflecting my unique creative voice and chosen themes concerning political and social issues, which I seek to further develop in future projects as an independent filmmaker. In the past few years, I have been an instructor, teaching various courses both in theory and production at CSULA. I intend to further my knowledge and skills not only in the subject of filmmaking but also in pedagogy in hopes of teaching at the community college level.