Tripping with Caveh
by Jessica Hundley
Indie experimental stalwart Caveh Zahedi has been making revelatory cinema for years now, his work marked by wry humor and uninhibited self-exploration. His films, such as 1991's A Little Stiff and the upcoming I Am a Sex Addict, are unabashed autobiographical retellings of true events (a failed relationship, an addiction to prostitutes) culled from Zahedi's own life, with the filmmaker as writer, director and self-confessional star.
This may seem like tiresome self-obsession, but Zahedi's search for himself and his intense analysis of his own reality is both fascinating and beautiful to watch. As a filmmaker, he is fueled less by ego than the burning desire to dissect his world in order to reveal powerful existential truths. In his new short, (the first of which he hopes will become a series) Zahedi's inquisitiveness finds a new focus in his guest star, the musician Will Oldham.