Batmanglij at Wondercon 2012
|Born||1980/1981 (age 33–34)
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
|Known for||Sound of My Voice (2011)
The East (2013)
Zal Batmanglij (born 1980/1981) is an American film director and screenwriter. He directed and co-wrote the 2011 film Sound of My Voice and the 2013 film The East, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Batmanglij was born in France to Iranian parents. His mother, Najmieh Batmanglij, is a cookbook author; his father is a book publisher, and his younger brother Rostam is a member of the band Vampire Weekend. Both brothers are gay. Batmanglij grew up in Washington, D.C. He studied anthropology and English at Georgetown University, graduating in 2002. There he met Mike Cahill in a philosophy class. They took a screenwriting course together and co-directed a short film that won the Georgetown Film Festival. Brit Marling saw the short film and asked if she could work with them. Several years later, following Marling's graduation, the three friends moved to Los Angeles, California, where Batmanglij attended the American Film Institute Conservatory. For his thesis film, he made a 35mm short called The Recordist (2007), which starred Marling.
- The Recordist, short film (2007) – writer, director
- Sound of My Voice (2011) – writer, director
- The East (2013) – writer, director
- Baron, Zach (May 24, 2013). "A Trespasser Sneaks Up on Hollywood". The New York Times. "Both brothers are gay, a realization that Mr. [Zal] Batmanglij said he found challenging and liberating..."
- Wilson, Kate Asche (October 17, 2012). "5 Things You Need to Know about Sound of My Voice". On Demand Weekly. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- Baron, Zach (May 24, 2013). "‘The East' Is the New Film From Zal Batmanglij". The New York Times.
- Chang, Kee (April 26, 2012). "Q&A with Zal Batmanglij". Anthem Magazine. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- Staff (December 3, 2010). "Alumni Featured in Sundance Film Festival Competition". Georgetown University. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- Feldman, Dana (April 24, 2012). "Interviews with Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling and Christopher Denham of 'Sound of My Voice'". Beatweek Magazine. Retrieved January 24, 2013.