Desiree Akhavan and “Appropriate Behavior” are up for an Indie Spirit award


This morning The Film Independent Spirit Awards announced their 2014 nominees and out writer/actor/director Desiree Akhavan was on the list. Desiree’s feature Appropriate Behavior, which was an official Sundance selection last year, is up for Best First Screenplay. The film has already won several awards at film festivals in the past year, including Best Screenwriting at Outfest, Emerging Female Filmmaker at the Provincetown Film Festival, Best Film at the Seattle LGBT Film Festival and Best Director at the Noor Iranian Film Festival.

"Appropriate Behavior" Portraits - 2014 Sundance Film Festival

The Indie Spirits will air live on IFC on February 21, 2015, and Desi has some worthy competition in her category, including Sara Colangelo (Little Accidents), Justin Lader (The One I Love), Anja Marquardt (She’s Lost Control) and Justin Simien (Dear White People).Dear White People is also up for Best First Feature and was produced by out writer/comic Lena Waithe.

Appropriate Behavior was recently picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures and will be available on Video on Demand in January. If you want to know more about the film and Desiree, check out this DP/30 interview. Try and ignore the weird male interviewer and appreciate Desi’s grace and wit, like I did. She discusses body image issues, sexual identity and her career so far.

2015 will be a big year for Desi, who is also co-starring on Season 4 of Girls premiering January 11 on HBO. Follow her at @desimakesmovies or visit

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