Episode 37 – Bada$$, Award-winning Writer and Director – Naz Riahi

The scene: New York City, The Ludlow Hotel’s Dirty French restaurant.  The year: 2015

Across the table sat the guest of this episode and a dear friend of ours.  The other side of the table – the LOA gals.  In typical fashion, Holli and Jeanna were opining upon just about anything and everything up for discussion.  Animated, passionate, and full of thoughts and opinions Holli and Jeanna collaboratively shared who to solve all problems, avoid all problems and the full range of dating advice any beautifully talented 20 year old might need.  Shocking to you all, I bet.  

At some point that evening, amongst many shenanigans in SoHo, our guest looked at us and said ‘You two should do a podcast!!’  That’s right, our guest this episode was the inspiration (or the person to blame 🙂 for the LOA Uncorked podcast – this episode is a full circle moment, for sure!  Who is this brilliant person, you ask?

Naz Riahi is a writer and director.

Her short film Sincerely, Erik was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick and won a Vimeo Best of the Year Award. It has garnered  praise from Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Fast Company, Los Angeles Review of Books and Subway Book Review among numerous publications and cultural institutions.

Her second short film in the series, Andros in the City, explores gentle masculinity and hope amidst the pandemic.

Her essays, fiction and journalism have been published widely in Food & Wine, Catapult, Longreads, Guernica, The Fader and Atelier Doré among other publications.

Naz is currently writing and directing a third short film to complete the trilogy and is working on a TV show.

In addition to her creative practice, Naz has had an illustrious career as a creative, strategy and culture marketer for various clients, including MIT Media Lab, Levi’s,  Veronica Beard, Dr. Loretta Skincare, Dig In, the CW, CBS, and many others.  She is also the founder of Bitten, a notable events series that positioned food as a pillar of culture.

She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her dog Hugo.

And, Holli is her aunt!  We were honored to have had the privilege of interviewing Naz and can’t wait for our listeners to be inspired by her, her story and accomplishments (past and future)!  

LOA Uncorked Uplevel Assignment:

  • Please click on the titles above to watch Naz’s films and familiarize yourself with Bitten

Podcast Reference:

  • You can find Naz on social @NazRiahi 
  • photo credit @memoriesofbrooklyn

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