Suzi Yoonessi

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Suzi Yoonessi
Born (1978-02-21) February 21, 1978 (age 39)
Buffalo, NY, U.S.
Occupation Director
Years active 2001–present

Suzi Yoonessi (born February 21, 1978) is an Iranian-American filmmaker living in Los Angeles, CA. She wrote and directed the award-winning feature film Dear Lemon Lima,[1] and The Spring of Sorrow for the Independent Television Service (ITVS) online FutureStates series. Yoonessi's short films No Shoulder and Dear Lemon Lima are distributed by Shorts International[2] and Vanguard Cinema[3] and her documentary film Vern is distributed by National Film Network[4] and is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Suzi Yoonessi was born in Buffalo, New York, where she attended Nichols School. Yoonessi was a member of Buffalo's first all-girl band Bertha Mason during the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 90s. Yoonessi studied photography and film at the San Francisco Art Institute. Upon graduation, she worked for Surface Magazine in the editorial department and moved to New York to pursue filmmaking after being awarded a Jerome Foundation grant for her documentary film Vern. Yoonessi received her MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts where she was the recipient of the FMI Directing Fellowship. She currently resides in Los Angeles.


Suzi Yoonessi's first feature film Dear Lemon Lima premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival where it received critical acclaim and a jury prize for Outstanding Performance. The film went on to play in over 80 film festivals, picking up audience awards and a grand jury prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. The film was released internationally, then domestically on VOD and in theaters in Los Angeles and New York by Phase 4 Films.[5] Yoonessi directed The Spring of Sorrow[6] for the Independent Television Service FutureStates series.






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