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April 14, 2013

North Andover native finds success in movie world

Short film by Cyrus Kowsari wins accolades at Sedona, Palm Beach and Houston film festivals

NORTH ANDOVER — Cyrus Kowsari, 24, has been making movies for as long as he can remember.

As a kid, he would use his parents’ Sony VHS to shoot “films” around his Coachman’s Lane neighborhood with friends and family as cast members.

When he was in sixth grade at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, he directed his first movie, using classmates as actors and actresses. He remembers it was a movie based on the popular public TV show “Voyage of the Mimi.” Since he couldn’t edit the movie, it had to be shot in the sequence of the script, which he had written himself.

As he got older, his father, Lawrence General Hospital cardiologist Mahmoud Kowsari, got him a real camera — a JVC mini-digital videocamera that could be attached to a computer so he could edit the footage.

Then, his filmmaking efforts kind of took off. For several years, he used that camera to make over a dozen movies of various styles and sizes, including short films at Brooks School, which he graduated from in 2008.

Leigh Perkins, an English teacher who was also Kowsari’s academic advisor, said she remembers Kowsari well.

“He always had an unbelievable number of stories and projects percolating in his mind,” she said. “He always had a knack for storyline and artistic vision.”

She said that in his sophomore year, he made a music video based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

“Cyrus got a vision for a Macbeth music video with a crazy ‘Lord of the Rings’ theme and a heavy metal song,” she said. “He wrote, edited, directed and scripted it for the class. It was hysterically funny. I couldn’t believe he put it together.”

For a sophomore, she said, and throughout his high school career, he had an incredible drive to create movies.

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