Prior to her debut feature, Detroit Unleaded was a 20min Short that Nashef released in 2007 and garnered international recognition as an official selection to 26 film festivals including Seattle True Independent Film Festival, East Lansing Film Festival, Bronx Film Festival and the Trinity Film Festival where it won “Best Short Film”, and the New Haven Underground Film Festivalwhere it won for “Best Performance”.
Nashef began her filmmaking career with8:30, (15min Short, 16mm, 2001) a Romantic Comedy that was presented at theArab Screen Independent Film Festival in Doha, Qatar 2001. She then expanded her work and served as a multimedia artist on Facing Identity, a permanent installation in the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI, Exquisite Crisis and Encounters, a multidisciplinary exhibition at NYU and more recently, The WOMEN Show in Detroit, MI and the Los Angeles Islam Arts Initiative show in 2014.
In addition to her work as an artist, Nashef lectures extensively on a wide-array of topics, from the practical elements of Screenwriting, Producing and Directing, to the portrayal of Arabs and Arab Americans in the media and in popular culture. Drawing upon her 16 years experience and in-depth knowledge of independent filmmaking, Nashef leads workshops that guide students and practitioners alike in developing sound media and art-based projects. She appears as a guest speaker on radio and television shows including NPR’S Michelle Martin, The Story with Dick Gregoryand WBAI’s Prairie Miller Show.
In her new presentation, Rola Nashef, The Director’s Cut, Nashef mixes multi-media presentation with lively storytelling, personal memoir, behind the scenes footage and directors commentary to narrate the making-of her award-winning short and debut, feature films.