There's a big Caveh Zahedi series at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this weekend, and to mark the occasion, Johnny Ray Huston's published an interview with the quixotic filmmaker in this week's Guardian. It's full of good stuff, but I'm especially interested to learn of Zahedi's next project: a political documentary - the director says he's "hoping to reinvent the genre" - about his own family's role in some of the most tumultuous events in Iranian history. His father's second cousin's father was an Iranian general, "the guy who overthrew the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, who had nationalized the oil industry with the help of the CIA." says Zahedi. That guy's son, Zahedi's father's second cousin, then married the shah's daughter and became an ambassador to the United States. He'd party his nights away with Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Taylor whilst the Iranian people starved. "When the revolution came," says Zahedi, "They put a price on his head, and he's in hiding."

Okay, you got all that? One more thing: from there Huston and Zahedi to move on to the major role that hallucinogenic drugs play in Caveh's work and life. Zahedi admits that he's developed a kind of fetish for filming himself whilst on drugs. "At this point I really like filming my drug trips," he says. "I don't know if I'll get that into the Iranian film, but I'll try."