Navid Khonsari

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Navid Khonsari
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Navid Khonsari in 2014
Born 1970 (age 46–47)[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada[2]
Residence New York City, New York, United States[2]
Nationality Iranian–Canadian[2]
Citizenship Iran, Canada
Alma mater University of British Columbia
Vancouver Film School
Occupation CEO, Creator of 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Employer Rockstar Games (2000–2006)[2]
Organization iNK Stories
Home town Tehran, Iran[3]
Spouse(s) Vassiliki Bessie Khonsari
Children 1 daughter[2]
Website Company Website

Navid Khonsari (Persian: نوید خونساری‎‎) (born 1970) is an Iranian–Canadian video game, film and graphic novel creator, writer, director and producer.[2]

Early life[edit]

Khonsari was born in Montreal, Quebec, and was raised in his homeland Iran until 10.[2] He left for Canada after the 1979 Revolution with his family.[2] He graduated from the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Film School.

Career[edit]

Khonsari broke onto the gaming scene with his work on Grand Theft Auto III and Max Payne when he joined Rockstar Games in 2000.[2] His first short film was titled "Arcade Angels", which focused on video game burnouts who robbed a video rental store in an attempt to open an arcade. He wrote and produced The Contract, his first film with Billy Dee Williams.

During his 5 years at Rockstar Games Khonsari worked on Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Max Payne, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Midnight Club II, Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, The Warriors, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.[4]

In 2006, he left Rockstar Games and has since worked on a number of games including Alan Wake and Homefront.[2] He met his wife, Vassiliki, while directing the award-winning documentary Pindemonium. He co-founded iNK Stories and produced another documentary, "Pulling John", which premiered at South by Southwest. iNK Stories is presently completing a graphic novel titled Bedouin, and in 2016 launched 1979 Revolution: Black Friday.[5]

Works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CNN
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j مصاحبه با هنرمندان: نوید خونساری [Interview with artists: Navid Khonsari] (in Persian). cgart.ir. October 2009. 
  3. ^ polygon.com
  4. ^ Wired
  5. ^ Smith, Adam (April 5, 2016). "Tales Of Tehran: 1979 Revolution – Black Friday Out Now". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Archived from the original on April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 

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