AD 232 | Saman Kesh
“Healing, Feeling, and Honesty”

Saman Kesh (born Saman Keshavarz) is an Iranian-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. He is known for his narrative music video work for notable artists such as Basement Jaxx, Calvin Harris, Kygo, Placebo, !!! Chk Chk Chk, Vitalic, Apparat and Porter Robinson.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:
  • Living and being isolated in the desert
  • The Definite Chief Aim - a concept by Napolean Hill through way of Mitch Horowitz
  • Grieving the death of his girlfriend Jean Guo
  • Gaining momentum through commercial success
  • Understanding purpose
  • Working through failures
  • Accepting ourselves
  • Being magick
  • Balancing out the need for control
  • Changing negative perspectives
  • “Hollywood has this ability to arrest you in this psychosis of delusions” - Saman Kesh
  • The gift of an existential crisis
  • Power in analyzing dreams
  • Functioning under depression
  • Saman’s “Zoom” call analogy
  • Martial arts

Books Referenced:
  • “Fierce Intimacy: Standing Up to One Another with Love” by Terry Real

Artists Mentioned:
  • The Daniels (Directing Duo)
  • Martin Scorsese (Director)
  • Jonah Hill (Actor)
  • Joyce Carol Oates (Writer)

Posted 4.5.2022


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino