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Podcast: Filmmaker's Stories - Tara Jabbari

Updated: Sep 20, 2021

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This Episode’s Guest - Tara Jabbari, digital media producer and consultant.

Tara is a digital media consultant based in Washington DC, but her main passion is storytelling. She is also a world traveler, producer and a researcher. One of her studies was about Parasocial relationships’ and Fandoms. Tara talks about the findings of the research and there are quite a few things to unpack, so stay tuned.

Tara has built a career that has given her different opportunities . This includes her recent podcast series ‘Who Was She?’ where, in this season, she explores the life of Lidia Zamenhof.

But, to start things off, Tara speaks about how she started in the industry and her first attempts and the challenges to get her first film made. While struggling to get the film off the ground, Tara stayed committed to her aim to tell the story and get it out to the public no matter what. She also stayed honest to herself about the situation she was in. After a few unsuccessful attempts to bring the project alive and Being stuck and feeling like this story may never be told, she came up with a brilliant solution. Curious what it is? I’ll let Tara take it from here.

In this episode Tara talks about:

  • Understanding the concept of ‘parasocial relationships’.

  • Issues surrounding fandoms.

  • The positive and negative effects of social media.

  • Dissecting the extreme parasocial in music videos.

  • Exploring how producers can ensure their films can be perceived in the right way.

  • Tips on engaging with audiences and the common features that help to build a fandom.

You can find Tara on:

Instagram: @tara_jabbari

Twitter: @tara_jabbari

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About Podcast Host:

Podcast provided by: JB Audio Post Production

Podcast music by @butesounds

Produced by Georgia Johnson and Ross Ramsey Golding.

Must watch films recommended by Tara Jabbari:

Volver (2006) -

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) -

My Blueberry Nights (2007) -

Fight Club (1999) -


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