Long Synopsis – Kit De Prensa
Arriving in Toronto as a foreign exchange student from Iran, 19 year old Pedram Abasi embarks on a
journey shared by millions of people every year – moving to the West in order to have a brighter
future, all the while learning a new language and culture.
He is picked up at the airport by his cousin Arya, who, although also
born in Iran, has grown up in Canada and already embraced the North
American way of life and value system. While in Canada, Pedram stays
with his Aunt Farnoosh and Uncle Fereydoon who are only too happy to
be a part of their nephew’s education and promising future.
Having to grapple with a new identity proves challenging in this
unfamiliar country, but Pedram remains both grateful and
optimistic. Much to the delight of his aunt and uncle, who
have taken him in, he is determined to learn the language and
culture. Although he is starting to make great progress in
assimilating to this new lifestyle, Pedram’s life begins to alter
direction when he meets Nima and Chrissy – friends who
introduce him to a never-before seen reality.
Pedram’s traditional family values start to clash with his newly found enthusiasm and head-on
approach to a fun-at-all-costs attitude. It isn’t long before this polite introvert is seduced by this life
of all-night rave parties, promiscuous sexual encounters and taking Ecstasy until sunrise. Barely
recognizing himself anymore, Pedram manages to cut off everyone from his life except his new
friends. Arguments begin to erupt between him and his cousin Arya who were once on the same
path, but who now see themselves on two radically different routes – Arya is still focused on goals,
financial stability and dreams of success, but all this
now seems silly to Pedram, who believes that such
ambitions are futile.
Pedram’s bond with Nima keeps growing stronger
even though their all-night adventures lead to
unavoidable consequences for him; he realizes that he
has spent all the money his father had borrowed to
send him to school, he breaks off a long distance
relationship with the girl he believed would one day
be his wife, and he even manages to get fired from a job that his had arranged for him.
Before long, Pedram’s adopted family begins to resent his irresponsible ways and regret ever taking
him into their home. Struggling to regain control of a life that has spiralled uncontrollably, Pedram
must return to being the person he once or succumb to the hardships of the journey.
Arriving in Toronto from Northern Iran, Pedram
Abasi embarks on a journey shared by millions
of people every year, adapting to a new language
To the delight of his aunt and uncle who have
taken him in, Pedram seems to be making
progress. However, his life drastically changes
course when he meets Nima and Chrissy who
introduce him to a world he’s never seen before,
a world of all-night raves, promiscuous sex, and
dosing ecstasy until sunrise. With his education
in peril and his life on a downward spiral, Pedram must now regain control before all hope is lost.
Technical Stat Fact Sheet
Running Time: 89 minutes │ Drama │ 2010
Production Company: N5 Pictures & Jam Music
Cameras: Panasonic HVX200 & HDX900, Sony EX1
Format: 24P HD (Shooting)│HDCam (Screening)
Language: English & Farsi (Persian) with English Subtitles
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N5 Pictures (N5P) was established in 2003 as a boutique film and television production house.
Specializing in music videos and commercials, N5P has earned an excellent reputation for working with
international artists and clients, delivering high-end, compelling work on a wide range of production
More than 70 music videos have been produced and directed under the N5P banner. Several of them
have reached Top Ten status on Much Music Mega Hits and have been broadcast all over the world – in
Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean, Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia, India and the Middle East. The
company has also delivered outstanding commercials for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation,
SpaMedica and promo spots for General Motors.
N5 Pictures’ film division began in 2003 with the documentary feature Redline which won ‘Best
Documentary Feature’ at the 2003 Long Island, New York Film Festival and was signed with Californiabased
distribution company Frontier Media Inc.
In 2008, N5 Pictures, along with Jam Music Productions, began producing its first feature film entitled
Lost Journey (2010). The film has recently sold all Canadian rights to leading film distributor, Mongrel
Media. N5P is currently looking into expanding into the U.S. and Europe in order to develop and build
its international portfolio.
The future of N5 Pictures lies in its growing film division, which is the company’s ultimate area of
interest. Its ambition has always been to produce cutting edge films that bring together a diverse mass
market audience, yielding critical and financial successes for all those who invest and share in the
Ant Horasanli held auditions for Lost Journey in
the Greater Toronto Area. The cast was selected
from over 200 Persian and English actors. Reza
Sholeh was cast in the lead role as Pedram
Abasi. Rehearsals took place over a one-month
period prior to principal photography. Finding
all the locations for the film proved to be the
biggest pre-production challenge – there were
over 30. After scouting more than 100 sites, Ant finally locked down all the locations.
From the initial stages, Ant had a clear idea of the look he wanted to achieve. He wanted to draw from
his past experience in music videos and create striking images for the club scenes that would place the
audience in that world – bold compositions and playing with frame rates were key to creating this visceral
experience. By contrast, the more dramatic scenes, where Pedram runs into constant conflict with his
family and friends, were inspired by films such as Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007),
where the camera is unobtrusive and the scene focuses only on performances.
Lost Journey was shot in 44 days, spanning five months, due to conflicting schedules. Ant, however, was
very fortunate to have such a talented, hard-working and dedicated cast and crew on board to make it
possible to reach the finish line.
For his debut feature film, Ant Horasanli and talented cinematographer Nadeem Soumah, shot in
DVCPRO HD with 35mm adapters to accommodate cinema lenses. A Zeiss Super Speed prime kit was
required since the adapter system drastically reduced low light capabilities. Shooting much of the film at
T1.3 was challenging for the focus puller and these lenses were mainly used in controlled environments.
For the chaotic club sequences, the production switched to a six camera setup utilizing Sony EX-1s. Ant
wanted to place the audience in his character’s world and make them experience the sensation of being in
a room with 3000 people, at 4am, wide awake, with adrenaline running through them…knowing
everyone is feeling the same energy. He captured these lengthy and complicated club sequences with
their unforgiving schedule, by playing out the entire scene like live theatre and capturing it from various
angles. Cast and crew rehearsed every aspect of the scenes – from blocking, to lighting, to camera motion
– and then ran six cameras. “I wasn’t sure it would work but there was no other way to film so much
material within our budget or schedule. In the end, those scenes are probably some of the best in the
Picture editing for Lost Journey was completed at N5 studios on an Avid Media Composer by Ant
Horasanli with supervising editor, Wiebke von Carolsfeld. (Wrecked, Fugitive Pieces, The Five Senses). The
musical composition and track selection were a fundamental part
of the finished project and, thus, required careful consideration.
The song Battleship Grey, performed by DJ Tiesto and Kirsty
Hawkshaw, along with other tracks by world famous DJs, such
The Thrillseekers, provided just the right mood and tone for the
film during pivotal scenes.
CAST & CREW BIOS WITH PHOTOS
REZA SHOLEH as Pedram Abasi
Reza Sholeh has wanted to become an actor since childhood. All
throughout high school he performed in his school’s plays. After
graduating, however, he went on to university to study
architecture in order to appease his family, but left after the first
semester to follow his own dreams. He enrolled in a drama
school in Iran where he studied theatre and performed in Persian
reproductions of Shakespearian plays, but was never in front of a
camera. Lost Journey (2010) provided Reza with the opportunity
to jump start his career on the big screen. Never having auditioned outside of Iran before, he found the
experience quite harrowing but was able to draw inspiration for the character from his own background.
In Lost Journey, Reza plays 19 year old Pedram Abasi who leaves his native Iran to study in Canada.
However, the introduction to a different, more liberal lifestyle that includes alcohol, drugs and clubbing,
changes Pedram’s life and puts into peril his father’s dreams of a brighter future for his son.
ANDY MADADIAN as Mr. Zand
Known by many as “The Prince of Persia”, Andy Madadian is one
of Persia’s own musical legends. Although Andy grew up in
Tehran, he is a naturalized American and has been living in Los
Angeles for a number of years. When he’s not playing to sold-out
venues all over the world, this Persian/Armenian award-winning
pop star sensation is showcasing his talent as an actor. Having
first made his mark on television in 2001 on ABC’s production of
The Princess and the Marine, he has since made appearances in films
such as: Dreamworks’ The House of Sand and Fog (2003) alongside Sir Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly,
where he sings and contributed to the movie score; Irangeles (2003); Guide Company Films’ The Keeper: The
Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005) with Academy Award winner Vanessa Redrgrave, where Andy plays the
governor of the ancient city of Samarkand; and indie film Futbaal: The Price of Dreams (2007). In his latest
role, Lost Journey (2010), Andy plays Pedram’s English language teacher who becomes, to some extent, his
mentor. In identifying with his students, Mr. Zand tries to guide Pedram towards making the right
PEDRAM ZIAEI as Arya
In Lost Journey (2010), Pedram Ziaei plays the character Arya,
Pedram’s cousin. His personality is quite different from that of
his cousin and his long-time friend Nima. Goal oriented and
focused, Arya is studying to become an automotive designer.
The two things that give him the most pleasure in life are
talking to people about his portfolio, and getting into arguments
and fighting – actions that expose conflict within himself.
Actor Hamid Savalanpour successfully won his role on Lost
Journey (2010) after pleading his case with director Ant Horasanli,
as he was convinced that he would be the best person for the role.
Having grown up in Toronto housing, Hamid was able to connect
with his character from the very beginning. He was capable of
channelling his rough childhood through the camera’s lens to
portray the misguided and lost teenager, Nima. One of Nima’s
major problems is that he doesn’t take anything seriously. His
party-for-life-and-damn-the-consequences attitude jives perfectly with Pedram and the two click almost
instantly. Nima is the one who introduces Pedram to Chrissy, Ecstasy, and a new home called the
HAMID SAVALANPOUR as Nima
STEPHANIE BELL as Chrissy
Toronto native Stephanie Bell is no stranger to the world of
performing arts. Although her journey began in a dance studio at
the age of five, she later enrolled in a Performing Arts School where
she pursued acting. After graduating in 2007, Stephanie took to the
stage and has been cast in theatrical reproductions of Beauty and the
Beast and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In Lost
Journey (2010), her film debut, Stephanie plays a carefree socialite
with no responsibilities and who enjoys having a good time. Her
character, Chrissy, begins to take an interest in Pedram after meeting him at a party she goes to with her
old-time friends, Nima and Arya. The thrill of introducing Pedram to a new way of life is a new and
exhilarating endeavour for Chrissy.
Actress Shiva Negar was born in Iran and started her career there
as a child performer. Musically inclined, she began by performing
at piano and guitar recitals and then in singing competitions. In
high school, Shiva did a lot of theatre and that quickly became her
art of choice. She followed her passion for acting and went to film
school in Toronto and has taken several workshops in Toronto and
Los Angeles. In her first feature film, Lost Journey (2010), Shiva
plays Donya, Pedram’s first love – the One. Although Pedram
leaves her behind in Iran, he plans on returning to her in a couple of years to marry her. After arriving in
Canada, one of the first things Pedram does is call her. Donya makes being away from home that much
more difficult and as the movie progresses, she keeps infiltrating his thoughts to serve as his subconscious
and remind him of the reason he went to Canada.
SHIVA NEGAR is Donya
Award winning director Ant (pronounced ɒn’t) Horasanli has
created a diverse body of work ranging from music videos,
commercials and shorts, to a full-length documentary and
feature film. He received his BSc in Film and Television
Production at Humber College in Toronto and pursued
Cultural Studies at York University.
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor
After graduating in 2003, Ant established his own production
company, N5 Pictures, and began his career in commercials
and music videos. From 2003 to present, he has written,
produced, directed and edited over 70 music videos and commercials for international artists.
His first short film about a highway patroller obsessed with mysterious radar readings, 220 (2002), went
on to play at local film festivals and was soon followed by his first documentary entitled Redline (2003),
which explores the world of street racing. Redline won the Best Documentary Feature Award at the 2003
Long Island, New York Film Festival.
As with his previous films, Ant’s first feature film, Lost Journey (2010), was inspired by personal and
family history. He wrote, directed, edited and served as co-producer on his debut film. The film has recently
gained great industry recognition from TeleFilm Canada and distributor Mongrel Media, who has acquired
the film’s Canadian Rights and set a theatrical release date for April 2011 in Toronto. Follow-up theatrical
releases in Los Angeles, California and Houston, Texas are in development.
Independent filmmaker Ant Horasanli is establishing himself as one of Canada’s unique, young, gifted
and emerging directors.
Johny Mikhael began his film career in sound design. He studied
sound engineering at Humber College in Toronto and completed
the electronics technician certificate program at the DeVry Institute
In 2000, one of Johny’s songs won 1st Place in the Songwriter
Category for Bandsearch 2000, promoted by The Upper Room.
Soon after, he began producing music videos and musical scores
under his company, Jam Music Productions. He has since coproduced
a number of music videos for international artists and has also produced and recorded music
CD’s for a variety of musicians.
For Lost Journey, Johny served as both co-producer and sound technician. He is currently working on a
second film entitled 36 hours to Istanbul.
Nadeem Soumah is an experienced cinematographer who has been
working in the film industry for almost a decade. He graduated
from the Toronto Film School in 2000 and has been working on films
and music videos ever since.
Also known as The Sharpshooter by many in the community, this
renowned Toronto music video director has worked with some
great Canadian and American hip hop artists such as Belly, Bishop
Brigante, P. Reign, Aristo, Angerville, Joell Ortiz of the hip hop
super-group, Slaughterhouse and many more.
FULL CAST AND CREW
Written and Directed By
Director of Photography
Original Music Score Composed by
Pedram Abasi REZA SHOLEH
Arya PEDRAM ZIAEI
Nima HAMID SAVALANPOUR
Chrissy STEPHANIE BELL
Aunt Farnoosh NASRIN JAVADI
Uncle Fereydoon MEHRDAD ALAEI
Donya SHIVA NEGAR
Mr. Zand ANDY MADADIAN
Setareh NAZILA MAHYOURI
Rob BERK KANSU
Pedram’s Father DARUYOSH ZIAEI
Pedram’s Mother SOHIELA KARIMI
Young Arya ALI ARIA
Hamid HAMID BERNOUS
Tyrone ALAIN GAKWAYA
Christina ELNAZ RAMANDI
Arya’s Friend FITIM S.
Arya’s Coworker 1 MOHAMMAD SANEH
Arya’s Coworker 2 JASON CARELSE
Police Officer BLAZEJ SARNIK
Store Owner SARKIS APRIM
Go-Go Dancer 1 BRITTNEY VISSER
Laura ANNETTE WOZNIAK
Amy KALYNA SANAJKO
Michelle ROKSANA RAK
Bartender NATALIE LOVE
Night Club Fighter JOE LUCA
Drug Dealer ALISTAIR NEUPEUCINO
Bouncer 1 ALEX BAYANI
School Secretary PEGAH ZIAEI
House Party Background MEHMET OZCAN
Exchange Students HAMID BERNOUS
Featured DJS AREN DE JONG
DJ ENDGAME aka
Background Dancers ROBERT QUERIDO
JEREMY P. HERNANDEZ
Swat / E.T.F. JEREY RAK
JAROSLAW ‘ERIC SIWIEC
Unit Production Manager SARA MARTINS
First Assistant Director JAY
Second Assistant JEREY RAK
Camera Operators NADEEM SOUMAH
Still Photographer ALISTAIR NEPEUCINO
Post Production Supervisor TOM ANTOS
Assistant Editor BURAK SENTURK
Production Accountant SELIN HORASANLI
Production Coordinator ANTHONY KUPINA
Location Manager ALI RE
Script Supervisor SARA MARTINS
Script Translation ALI ERFANI
Set Decorator RYAN BUTLER
Set Dresser ANGELA LASKO
Property Master ADRIAN PATTERSON
Assistant Prop JULIA FONG
Department Head Make-up JOANNE PARKS
Assistant Make-up ANDREA MACDONALD
Production Sound Mixer DANNY SHAMOON
Boom Operator JONATHAN ROGERS
Gaffer CAGIN KAPCAK
Best Boy Electric MARCO DEMELO
Key Grip MIKE MOREIRA
Best Boy Grip BEN MORTON
Dolly Grip DAVID ALRIY
Key Rigging Grip LOU ANDREWS
Grips JOEY REGO
Set Production Assistants ALEC BULGARIA
Assistant to Director/ LAURA MONROE
Clearances IREM KAPLAN
Stock Footage FRANCIS AMENT
Locations TONY GROSSI
POLSON PIER ENTERTAINMENT
Transportation Coordinator JAKE OBENG
Transportation Captain JOEY REGO
Van Driver KARLO MANN
Camera Car PAMA SARAI
Drivers KEHSAN SCOTT
Catering BITCHIN KITCHEN
Chef SARA MATTHEWS
Supervising Sound Editor JOHNY MIKHAEL
Sound Designer LES GRAHAM
Dialogue/ADR Editor MOE DBOONI
Effects Background Editor DANI SHAMOON
Foley Editor LUCAS POLEIMO
Recording and Mix JAM MUSIC PRODUCTIONS
3 Tracks composed and produced for Luar Aleman – Ojo Fatuo
10 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What three things have you learned from directing films?
Casting is crucial. We had a great cast and any strength in the film is due to that. Patience – it will be
tested. Lastly, love your material because you will be stuck with it for a long, long time.
2. Who are your major influences?
There are many but believe it or not, in filmmaking, most of my influences are sci-fi directors, particularly
those who broke new ground like Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and others. However, any work that
shows a tremendous underlying passion in its creation affects me greatly.
3. If you had to do it all over again, what would you have done differently in this film?
This being my first film, there are quite a few things actually. Firstly, at the time we used the best
technology we could afford, but the advancement in camera technology in only a few years has been
incredible so I would have taken advantage of
that. Secondly, I would have thought more
about scene transitions at the script and
shooting stages. We didn’t run into too many
problems in editing, but thinking about how
to creatively get to the next scene is
something I would definitely pay more
attention to. Finally, I would break the rules.
I think being a debut film, there was a
concerted effort to do things more
traditionally. I hope that eventually I will
have enough confidence to take more chances
and experiment more with structure, style…
4. What was the most challenging part of making your debut feature film?
Half the movie is in Persian and I don’t speak the language. I am not of Persian descent myself, so that
was a challenge. The other thing is all the shortages of everything that you face when you work with a
5. How did you get Persian superstar, Andy Madadian, to star in your film? What was it like working
My background is in commercials and music videos, so having shot a number of Persian videos, the
proper channels existed. From the very beginning, we had the idea of casting a well known name in the
Persian community. Andy is very well-recognized in his
community and around the world, and he also happens to be an
experienced actor. Working with Andy was great. You can tell
right away that he is a professional and endeavours to do an
excellent job. We had many talks about his character and his lines,
and his commitment to the film was quite evident.
6. Who is your intended audience? Who does the film relate to?
Lost Journey relates to anyone who has had to adjust to a new social sphere, lifestyle, or community. I
think the Persian and Farsi speaking audience will see a film that relates more closely to themselves and
their sense of family and tradition. Also, it’s a coming of age story. And on top of all that, trance/house
music fans will find a lot to like about it.
7. What do you want the audience to get from watching Lost Journey?
That our freedoms and amazing Western lifestyle sometimes have
unintended affects. What about family values, traditions, and
respect? It sometimes seems that society is increasingly heading
towards the direction where everything is okay…nothing is off
limits. I think we had limits before and I don’t know why that
was so bad.
8. What is the visual style of this film?
Much of the film is shot in a traditional style with locked off shots. Only in the club sequences do we
really play around with frame rates, colours, and a rapid editing style.
9. Who is Pedram?
Pedram is a composite of many people I know. I’ve had
relatives or friends’ relatives come to Canada at a young
age and start exploring, and basically change before my
eyes. It’s incredible because those people then go on and
change or introduce this whole new lifestyle to someone
10. Where do you see the future of Canadian filmmaking?
I always believed that it is only a matter of time before someone from the Canadian side of filmmaking
truly shines – on the world stage I mean. I know there are several well known Canadian filmmakers, but
I’m talking more like a Canadian film that garners the kind of attention that you saw with Pan’s
Labyrinth, Slum Dog Millionaire, and even Run Lola Run – a film that is embraced worldwide. I think I’d
like to be the one to do it.