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Desiree Akhavan        

Film Director, Screenwriter & Sundance Film Festival Breakout Star; Recently Cast in "Girls"

Desiree Akhavan is an American film director and screenwriter, best known for her 2014 feature film debut "Appropriate Behavior." Many publications have regarded her as the next Lena Dunham.

Born and raised in upstate New York to Iranian immigrant parents who left the country following the Iranian Revolution, Akhavan studied film and theater at Smith College and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to making "Appropriate Behavior," Akhavan wrote and directed the short film "Nose Job," and wrote, directed and acted in the lesbian-themed web series "The Slope."

Akhavan and Ingrid Jungermann, her creative partner on "The Slope," were named to Filmmaker's 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2012.

Akhavan was also cast for a new role on "Girls."


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