Sarah Riazati (ree-AH-zuh-tee) (she / her / hers) is a documentary artist, filmmaker, UX designer and front-end web developer based in Durham, North Carolina.
She is curious about time, relationships, and the ways things are made. She works based in local environments to reveal patterns of history, to redefine and reimagine archives, and tell "true stories" that build bridges between unexpected connections.
After studying visual journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, she gained experience in documentary storytelling as a video producer in New York City, where she produced hundreds of short-form documentaries, animations and commercials for clients like The FADER magazine, Converse, Mountain Dew, and Diageo and featuring actors and artists like Elijah Wood, Pharell, Joey Badass, and Matt and Kim. In 2015, she was a filmmaker-in-residence at Fabrica Research Centre in Treviso, Italy, and since 2017, she has been an adjunct lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, teaching courses in filmmaking, video journalism, motion graphics, web development, creative coding and graphic design. In 2018, she was awarded a Princess Grace Award for Film to support her MFA graduate thesis film, monumental. She holds an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Art from Duke University,