Author Archives: Julie Ann Ashcraft

Hip Hop Meets Neue Deutsche Welle: Ja Ja Ja

Julie Jigsaw was my stage name with Ja Ja Ja.       My real name is Julie A. Ashcraft.     I currently record under the name Jigsawnovich. In 1980, I left Dallas for Pratt Institute in New York, where … Continue reading

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Bidad: Bridge to the Future of Music in Iran?

by Jigsawnovich/Julie Ashcraft NEW YORK–21yr old Bidad (Amir Ghahremani) achieves spine-chilling intensity with traditional Iranian vocal techniques, yet he risked prosecution by collaborating with rappers Hichkas and Quf as they rose to fame from the forbidden cultural underground in Tehran. … Continue reading

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International Human Rights Day Poster

The poster I designed for International Human Rights Day 2010 is included in Arts Showcase for Iran which is sponsored by the One Million Voices for Iran campaign, and was first featured in mid-November by the Union For Advancement of Secular Democracy in Iran. … Continue reading

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Good Subtitles Are Vital

by Julie Ashcraft Subtitles are vital for foreign filmmakers seeking to penetrate the global market. For instance, at least 456 million more people speak English than speak Persian, according to Vistawide. English subtitles are especially crucial for filmmakers pursuing viewers online … Continue reading

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ATTN: Mr. Democrat

The Democracy Video Challenge Near East division winner for 2010 Writing, Directing, Editing and Composting: Farbod Khoshtinat Animation: Taraneh Golozar Music: Shahin Pajoom Subtitles Editing: Julie Ashcraft

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ATTN: Mr. Democrat Campaign

The winner was decided by public votes cast via the YouTube DVC portal. The campaign overcame internet blocks against YouTube in Khoshtinat’s home country of Iran and Ashcraft recruited a broad coalition of free speech, democracy and human rights activists and supporters … Continue reading

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