A proud native of the Second City, producer Jenny Lawton joined Studio 360 in 2007. Since then, she's produced the show's American Icons specials on the Disney parks and I Love Lucy, lots of stories in the Aha Moments series, and a portrait of the Japanese tea ceremony from Kyoto. She also serves as the managing editor of studio360.org and coordinates the show's internship program. Jenny started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance. She cut her teeth in journalism at Chicago Public Radio, where she filed stories on culture, politics, technology, and the environment for WBEZ as well as NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World, among other programs. Jenny was awarded a USC-Annenberg/NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, and lectures about radio and sound design at NYU and her alma mater, Kenyon College.
Iranians Who Dare to Rock
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 06:00 AM
The indie rockers in No One Knows About Persian Cats (out on DVD today) dare to play the music they love, even though they know it will likely land them in jail. The film stars Negar Shaghaghi and Ashkan Koshanejad, real-life musicians from Iran who play together as Take It Easy Hospital. And while the movie is fiction, it’s largely based on their true story: from playing in underground clubs, to Koshanejad's imprisonment, to their attempts to defect to the West.
Last year, Shaghaghi and Koshanejad told Kurt Andersen about the risks they faced while filming on-location in Tehran — they shot the feature in just 17 days, before fleeing the country. They insist their music isn’t political. One song (performed in Persian) asks “What have I done that you’d turn against me?” Koshanejad explained, “That’s what we feel about our country sometimes.”
Listen to their full conversation with Kurt here:
No One Knows About Persian Cats (Courtesy of IFC Films)