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Karun (2015) Philosophy Of Travel

Turns Out Iran As The Next Big Travel Destination Is Already Old News

“Wow – Iran looks amazing!” It’s really, really lovely to hear this reaction from viewers of Karun. It is exactly the reaction I’d hoped for, ever since my idea to make a travel documentary in Iran was born. Best of all, it is a natural reaction. We designed the adventure loosely to let Iran and the […]

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Karun (2015)

5 Fun & Easy Ways To Spread The Word About #KarunFilm (In Ascending Order Of Effectiveness)

If there’s one time an indie adventure filmmaker needs to reach out and ask for help from his or her supporters, it’s when a film is released – which in the case of Karun: Misadventures on Iran’s Longest River is right now. Films like this live or die by word of mouth. Leon and I have been fortunate to […]

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A Tale Of Two Rivers (Kickstarter Campaign) Karun (2015)

Early Reactions To The Revelation That Iran Isn’t The Place People Think It Is

I don’t often use the word ‘crazy’ or any of its synonyms, for fear of offending the genuinely insane. But the last few days have been very much a psychological minefield, simultaneously launching Karun: Misadventures On Iran’s Longest River, doing podcast interviews, switching continents (again) from Armenia to the UK, presenting at the Royal Geographical Society, […]

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Karun (2015)

Axis Of Evil – Or The Friendliest Place On Earth?

Mention in conversation that you’re planning on travelling to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and you will typically get one of two responses: 1. Concern or pity that you have clearly just signed your own death warrant; that you will, upon arrival in Iran, either be swiftly beheaded in public, or disappear from the face […]

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A Tale Of Two Rivers (Kickstarter Campaign) Karun (2015)

Karun: Misadventures On Iran’s Longest River Premieres Tomorrow, Out Monday

Tomorrow is, in many ways, the culmination of years of work and preparation. The project began as a desire to explore Iran (my wife’s homeland) in more depth, brewed steadily while I learned to speak Farsi, and came to fruition in a journey along the Iran’s longest river, the Karun, last year. Now that journey is about to […]

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Adventure Filmmaking Karun (2015)

Banff & Kendal Aren’t The Only Adventure Film Festivals Worth Going To. Here’s Why

Last weekend, on the way back to Armenia from a final film editing stint in London, I stopped over in Bucharest, Romania, for a long weekend at the Hip Trip Travel Film Festival. The festival was organised by a small team of Romanian travellers and film lovers. In 2014 – their first year – they’d […]