Parish Rahbar has been working with Peter Bogdanovich since 2006, starting with the Grammy Award-winning documentary, Runnin’ Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. She was involved with the filming of 28 interviews and numerous concerts over a two-year period. Parish also worked with him on Directed by John Ford, a Kennedy/Marshall production for TCM. This hugely revised version of his legendary 1971 documentary incorporated new interviews with Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and others. In addition, Parish was instrumental in helping to reconcile several drafts of Tennessee Williams’ then final, un-produced play, In Masks Outrageous and Austere, working closely with Bogdanovich and Gore Vidal. She has written three screenplays with Bogdanovich: I’ll Remember April for Odd Lot Entertainment, a comedic and heartfelt story of a family dealing with the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease; One Moon in Luck, a modern-day Western comedy/drama; and Turn of the Century, an adaptation of Kurt Andersen’s best-selling novel.
In 2011, she started a production company, Renovatio Movies, with her producing partner, Tara Moini. Together they have written, developed, produced and shot several short films all of which have been official selections at a number of film festivals across America and in Europe. FADE, their second venture, went on to win awards including two best directing awards and a best actress and jury prize.
Parish began her career as assistant to two-time Emmy Award-winning Director/ Producer, Scott Winant, for two seasons of the Showtime series, Huff, and one episode of HBO’s Carnivale. While working with Winant on Huff, she gained great insight into all aspects of production from writer’s room through post production. Winant entrusted her to shoot a portion of the opening credit sequence for the show, working with the title house to capture some of the images they required. She also directed an Oral Cancer PSA with actress Blythe Danner while working on Huff. Shortly afterward, Parish moved on to work in theatre with director Joel Bishoff on a production of Joe Dipietro’s Over the River and Through the Woods where she was the Assistant Director.
Parish graduated in 2007, cum laude, and received a degree in Cinema and Television Arts with an emphasis in Film, from California State University, Northridge. She completed numerous short films while there, all of which she wrote and directed, and was honored with the Crystal and Lucy Awards scholarship from the Women In Film Organization in recognition of her outstanding achievements as a student filmmaker, and in aid of her Senior Thesis Film. Parish also received another scholarship in support of her Thesis from the Hollywood Foreign Press, and was awarded a complete camera package grant from Panavision.