Naghmeh Farzaneh

Filmmaker, Animator, Educator


"My entire life was determined right there, in 30 seconds."

Lavette Mayes' life and those of her children changed forever after being arrested for having a fight with her mother-in-law. LAVETTE'S CHOICE is part of a short animated documentary series about mass incarceration in the U.S., which shows the toll that an abusive and unjust criminal system takes on individuals, families, and communities. Watch all three films: Smart Justice: An Animated Series.

Client: ACLU's Campaign for Smart Justice

Director: Elyse Kelly

Animation director: Naghmeh Farzaneh

Production company: Acme Filmworks
Executive producer: Ron Diamond
Producer: Holly Stone

Original music: Brooke Blair & Will Blair

Story finder/Field producer: Kelly Ramundo
Location sound mixer: Doug Mara

Storyboard artist: Darren Enterline
Animation assistant: Lucas Gonzalez

Editors: Dan Fipphen & Elyse Kelly
Post production sound services: Studio Unknown