Adella was born in NY during the 1979 Iranian Revolution and made her first trip back to Iran in May 2006. The Towers of Iran series was created during that trip.
During her senior year of high school, Adella took an internship with acclaimed photographer Mary Ellen Mark and was inspired to follow in her footsteps. She pursued photography in college and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her photographs have been exhibited at The Old American Can Factory and the Kush Lounge in NY, the Papotage webzine and the Woods Gerry and Red Eye galleries in Providence, RI.
Adella has also worked extensively in documentary film production and distribution. She was most recently the Associate Producer for My Neighbor, My Killer (2009), a documentary by Emmy-Award winner Anne Aghion. Adella was also the Associate Producer for acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Fox's most recent documentary My Reincarnation (2010) and the 4-hour cut of Fox's documentary mini-series FLYING: Confessions of a Free Woman (2008) which was broadcast on the BBC and SBS. In addition, she served as the Distribution & Outreach Manager for the educational and non-theatrical markets for the 6-hour version of Flying. She was also the Associate Producer of Tanaz Eshaghian's short documentary I CALL MYSELF PERSIAN: Iranians in America (2002), broadcast on PBS and screened at MOMA's Documentary Fortnight. Prior to working with Fox at Zohe Films, Adella worked for 3 years in marketing and publicity at Icarus Films, an established documentary film distributor specializing in the educational and semi-theatrical markets.
She is currently the Grants Manager at Cinereach, a NY-based non-profit production company and foundation that champions vital stories, artfully told.