Leila is an award-winning visual artist, curator, and filmmaker working in narrative film, documentary film, music videos, and branded content. A process-based artist across various mediums, her work integrates unconventional narratives that subvert expectations of social and cultural binaries informed by her multicultural upbringing and identity (Iranian-Brazilian-American). Her work has been exhibited in film festivals, galleries, and museums around the world including the TATE Britain, LACMA, MOCA, and Ars Electronica, and has been featured on outlets such as MUBI, Vice, The Creator’s Project, Paper Magazine, THUMP!, Afropunk, Paste Magazine, VH1, MTV, Autre Magazine, Hyperallergic, and The Guardian among others.
In 2015 she became the resident filmmaker and Creative Director of Women's Voices Now (WVN), a global non-profit advocating for women’s and girls’ rights through social impact film. She was an integral part of identifying and developing the organization's foundational principles and created, Girls’ Voices Now, a summer youth program that amplifies the voices of young women from underrepresented communities in Los Angeles by teaching them documentary filmmaking. In 2021, the films created during her time at WVN were awarded a Daytime Emmy for Children's Programming and Animation.
Leila is commercially represented by Left Productions.www.leilajarman.com
Dynamite is a narrative short film that investigates race, gender and social performativity guided by a narrative incorporating movement, spoken word, and chant, as it uncover truths about race, gender, and success in an ever-changing social landscape. The film explores the American black male experience through embodied inquiry to find spaces where identity exists between and in opposition to social constructs.