Ladan Behbahani was born May 1, 1978 into a traditional Persian household of first generation immigrants. While being raised on Turner Classics movies, she developed a fascination with the action films of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Ladan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Kansas before relocating to Chicago to pursue a degree in English and American Literature at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. Peter Behbahani was born November 21, 1983 to a politically conservative, Christian family, and only survived thanks to filmmakers such as Orson Welles, Spike Lee and Luis Bunuel. After more than two decades of rebellion, he earned a degree in film from Columbia College Chicago and a master’s degree from Northwestern University's School of Communication. The pair collaborated on three short films: Concrete Jungle (2016), Lakeshore Drive (2017), and The Creak (2020). The films have been screened internationally, with Lakeshore Drive winning Best LGBTQ awards at The Wayward Festival, Direct Online Short Film Festival and the Oklahoma LGBTQ Film Festival.