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UPDATE: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have updated their website and have added Mardik Martin to their...
03/11/2020

UPDATE: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have updated their website and have added Mardik Martin to their Memoriam gallery.

Mardik Martin was left off this year's In Memoriam segment during the Oscars broadcast because of "limited available time." The Academy later updated their website with a "full list" that was created by an "executive committee representing every branch." Mardik Martin was once again absent and his picture was not included in their gallery. We, and others in the community, including director Atom Egoyan and former President of the Writers Guild of America Howard Rodman, wrote to the Academy directly.

Thank you to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for correcting this oversight, and for everyone for their support.

Berlinale Talents, an annual summit and networking platform of the Berlin International Film Festival for 250 outstandin...
03/10/2020

Berlinale Talents, an annual summit and networking platform of the Berlin International Film Festival for 250 outstanding creatives from the fields of film and drama series, was held in February. Hayk Matevosyan and Jivan Avetisyan were selected to this exclusive group. Can you spot them here? @ Berlinale Talents

Max von Sydow has passed away at the age of 90.The legendary Swedish-born actor, who was an iconic presence in cinema fo...
03/09/2020

Max von Sydow has passed away at the age of 90.

The legendary Swedish-born actor, who was an iconic presence in cinema for seven decades, appeared in films such as THE SEVENTH SEAL, THE EXORCIST, and HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, and most recently appeared on HBO's GAME OF THRONES.

03/07/2020

Hayk Manukyan (@hayk_animation) is an animator at Warner Bros. who worked on the animation for the opening sequence of BIRDS OF PREY.

In this sequence, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) narrates her life story, starting from her childhood up to the point where she breaks up with the Joker. The director of the sequence wanted to keep the animation in house and Hayk was asked to do a test animation to both prove they can and to also help set the style for the introduction. The animation of her lifting the mallet onto her shoulder is the test Hayk did for the team, and when it was sent to the producers, they agreed to let the team handle the animation in house.

BIRDS OF PREY is now in theatres.

THE LAST INHABITANT screens tomorrow at Abril Books at 7:30pm.We are incredibly evicted to have director Jivan Avetisyan...
03/05/2020

THE LAST INHABITANT screens tomorrow at Abril Books at 7:30pm.

We are incredibly evicted to have director Jivan Avetisyan with us, a week after his appearance at Berlinale Talents this past week. You don't want to miss this rare opportunity to meet and hear from him directly.

The film is about the expulsion of an Armenian village in Azerbaijan, USSR in 1988. The story portrays the natural and peaceful life of a small mountainous village that was turned upside and down overnight due to this inter-ethnic conflict.

Free for Armenian Film Society members. Tickets available at the door for $15.

RSVP link in bio.

I AM NOT ALONE will be released in select theatres this April!Garin Hovannisian’s gripping documentary tells the miracul...
03/04/2020

I AM NOT ALONE will be released in select theatres this April!

Garin Hovannisian’s gripping documentary tells the miraculous true story of the 2018 Velvet Revolution.

The film will be released in Los Angeles on April 10 and in New York on April 17. Armenian Film Society saw the film back in November 2019 and we are absolutely excited for everyone to finally see this film.

Link in bio for the new trailer.

Source: Collider

Consider supporting Ovsanna Gevorgyan's upcoming short film, ORPHANHOOD, which is currently seeking funds and is aiming ...
03/04/2020

Consider supporting Ovsanna Gevorgyan's upcoming short film, ORPHANHOOD, which is currently seeking funds and is aiming to start production in Armenia in April of this year.

The film is inspired by the New York Times article,"Alone on a Mountaintop, Awaiting a Very Hard Rain." The filmmakers were moved by this cinematic story of a remote, all-but-abandoned, cosmic research station operated to this day by a few loyal remaining inhabitants.

The short film will be in the Armenian language, shot in Armenia, and with a majority Armenian crew. Ovsanna Gevorgyan is based in New York and is a graduate of Columbia University. THE ANGUISHED GARDENER, her last short film created in Armenia, premiered at Raindance Film Festival and was an official selection at the Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan. The long-term plan for this short project is to showcase at festivals in order to garner the necessary awareness and support to finance Ovsanna Gevorgyan's first feature film.

ORPHANHOOD is looking to raise $20,000 and has already crossed the halfway point.

Link in bio.

The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival has announced its feature film lineup.LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE, written and directed by Elean...
03/03/2020

The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival has announced its feature film lineup.

LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE, written and directed by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis Ford Coppola, is a heartwarming triptych that explores love, infidelity, and romance. The film is produced by Anahid Nazarian of American Zoetrope.

Movies Plus, which offers audiences the unique opportunity to continue the experience of a film through buzzworthy conversations or performances after each special screening, will feature TRUTH TO POWER, written and directed by Garin Hovannisian. In this feature documentary, Grammy-winning lead singer of System of a Down, Serj Tankian, helps to awaken a political revolution on the other side of the world, inspiring Armenia’s struggle for democracy through his music and message. There will be a special performance by Serj Tankian, accompanied by the NYU Symphony Orchestra, following the screening.

The festival runs from April 15-26, 2020 in New York.

Armen Karaoghlanian, one of the founders of Armenian Film Society, releases his book today!THE ARCHITECTURE OF CINEMATIC...
03/02/2020

Armen Karaoghlanian, one of the founders of Armenian Film Society, releases his book today!

THE ARCHITECTURE OF CINEMATIC SPACES BY INTERIORS is an academic, graphic exploration of architectural spaces in cinema that provides a new perspective on the relationship between film and architecture. The book, which is co-authored with architectural designer Mehruss Jon Ahi, combines critical essays with original architectural floor plan drawings of films such as THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, ROPE, LE MÉPRIS, PLAYTIME, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, HOME ALONE, PANIC ROOM, A SINGLE MAN, HER, and COLUMBUS.

The book is published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago. Order on Intellect Books now. Link in bio.

We're excited to announce our next Armenian Film Society event! Join us on Friday, March 6 at 7:30pm at Abril Books for ...
02/28/2020

We're excited to announce our next Armenian Film Society event! Join us on Friday, March 6 at 7:30pm at Abril Books for a screening of THE LAST INHABITANT, followed by a Q&A with director Jivan Avetisyan.

The film is set in 1988 before the dissolution of the Soviet Union where Abgar, evicted as a result of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, stays behind alone inside a gradually shrinking enemy ring. Abgar is waiting for his daughter, who has become a witness to her husband’s murder by an angry mob and was hospitalized with trauma. Ibrahim, an Azerbaijani, suggests that Abgar work on the construction of a mosque with the promise to find and return Abgar's missing daughter. Ibrahim finds the girl, named Yurga, a few days later in a psychiatric hospital of Baku and brings her to Abgar.

THE LAST INHABITANT premiered at the Golden Apricot International Film Festival and screened at the Venice International Film Festival. The film stars Alexander Khachatryan, Sos Janibekyan, Anne Bedian, among others.

Free for Armenian Film Society members. Tickets available at the door for $15.

RSVP link in bio.

Join Armenian Film Society on Friday, March 6 from 1:30pm-5:30pm as we celebrate International Women's Day. This event w...
02/28/2020

Join Armenian Film Society on Friday, March 6 from 1:30pm-5:30pm as we celebrate International Women's Day. This event will consist of a panel discussion with industry professionals, including independent film producer Natalie Qasabian, networking opportunities, and a screening of the documentary THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Natalie Qasabian has produced films for the Duplass Brothers. In 2018, she produced SEARCHING, starring John Cho and Debra Messing, which was acquired by Sony at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to gross $75 million at the box office. RUN, her latest film, stars Sarah Paulson and opens on Mother's Day weekend. Natalie Qasabian studied film at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and recently earned an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Link in bio for more information and tickets.

Justin Timberlake and SZA have released the first official single and music video for "The Other Side" from the upcoming...
02/26/2020

Justin Timberlake and SZA have released the first official single and music video for "The Other Side" from the upcoming film TROLLS WORLD TOUR. The music video is produced by none other than Fuliane Petikyan (@fulianepetikyan). Link in bio.

We are a proud co-host of this year's International Women's Day celebration, presented by the Greater Downtown Glendale ...
02/25/2020

We are a proud co-host of this year's International Women's Day celebration, presented by the Greater Downtown Glendale Association.

Please join us on Friday, March 6 from 1:30pm-5pm at Studio Movie Grill for a conversation about overcoming inequality in the film and entertainment Industry, featuring Natalie Qasabian, among other industry talents, followed by a screening of the documentary THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Link in bio.

Armenian Film Society's very own Filmmaker-in-Residence Hayk Matevosyan is a part of this year's Berlinale Talents, alon...
02/22/2020

Armenian Film Society's very own Filmmaker-in-Residence Hayk Matevosyan is a part of this year's Berlinale Talents, along with filmmaker Jivan Avetisyan.

Berlinale Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, kicks off on February 22. The program consists of a wide range of talks, panel discussions, workshops, case studies, and screenings of select alumni films.

Yervand Manaryan has passed away at the age of 96.The renowned actor was born in Iran in 1924 and immigrated to Armenia ...
02/21/2020

Yervand Manaryan has passed away at the age of 96.

The renowned actor was born in Iran in 1924 and immigrated to Armenia in 1946. In 1952, he graduated from the filmmaking program at the Yerevan State Institute of Theatrical Arts.

In October 2018, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan awarded him the title of People’s Artist of Armenia. In 2019, Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan awarded him the title of Honorary Citizen of Yerevan.

Yervand Manaryan's credits include KARINE (1969), A BRIDE FROM THE NORTH (1975), AREVIK (1978), LE PIANO (2011), among others.

Source: @thearmenianreport

02/20/2020

See the first trailer for RUN, from @aneeshchaganty, @sevohanian, and @nattqq. Link in bio.

02/20/2020

See the first trailer for RUN, from @aneeshchaganty, @sevohanian, and @nattqq. Link in bio.

FIRST LOOK: Sev Ohanian and Natalie Qasabian are back with their next film, RUN, an intimate thriller that opens on May ...
02/19/2020

FIRST LOOK: Sev Ohanian and Natalie Qasabian are back with their next film, RUN, an intimate thriller that opens on May 8, Mother's Day Weekend.

The film takes place in one house and focuses almost entirely on two characters: Diane (Sarah Paulson) and her 17-year-old daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen). Diane has raised her daughter, who uses a wheelchair, in isolation, keeping her totally sequestered from the outside world, but when Chloe uncovers her mother’s sinister secrets, everything she knows begins to unravel.

Written by Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. Produced by Sev Ohanian and Natalie Qasabian. Directed by Aneesh Chaganty. RUN is this filmmaking group's follow-up to 2018's SEARCHING, which brought in $75 million at the box office. Armenian Film Society held a panel discussion with the filmmaking team back in September 2018 for Glendale Tech Week.

Source: Entertainment Weekly | Pictures: Allen Fraser/Lionsgate @ Armenian Film Society

Armenian Film Society will buy your tickets to see ABOUT HIM, a new Armenian film that ends its one-week run at Laemmle ...
02/18/2020

Armenian Film Society will buy your tickets to see ABOUT HIM, a new Armenian film that ends its one-week run at Laemmle Glendale this Thursday! DM us if you are available to see the film this week. Giveaway is on a first-come, first-served basis.

ABOUT HIM is based on real events that took place in 2015 when a Russian soldier murdered an Armenian family in Gymuri. Link in bio for showtimes.

Camila Cabello's song "My Oh My" featuring DaBaby is topping the charts and its music video is produced by none other th...
02/17/2020

Camila Cabello's song "My Oh My" featuring DaBaby is topping the charts and its music video is produced by none other than Fuliane Petikyan (@fulianepetikyan). The music video is styled like a silent film and is an ode to Classic Hollywood. We love its look and style. Directed by Dave Meyers. Produced by Nathan Scherrer and Fuliane Petikyan. Link in bio.

There is an extended video of Martin Scorsese speaking about his mentor Haig Manoogian, parts of which were used in a Ro...
02/14/2020

There is an extended video of Martin Scorsese speaking about his mentor Haig Manoogian, parts of which were used in a Rolex ad during the Oscars.

"I attended this orientation day and this was an eye-opening situation. This gentleman got up and he spoke with such passion and such energy about cinema, almost like a zealous preacher in a way. I became part of the cult. His name was Haig Manoogian.

Haig really inspired us. He pushed us, and he cajoled us, and he beat us down, and he built us back up again. He set a fire in our hearts.

It's one of the most precious gifts I ever received."

See the full two-minute video. Link in bio. @ Armenian Film Society

01/02/2020

Happy New Year! Start the year with the confidence that Armenians are everywhere, even in space, even in STAR WARS. Billy Dee Williams, who plays Lando Calrissian, talks about his character and that famous last name.

12/31/2019

2019 was a great year for film, and Armenians around the world contributed in countless ways. We didn’t cover them all in this short video, but this snapshot highlights what an amazing year for film 2019 has been. Happy New Year to all of our followers and members! Thank you for your continuous support!

12/31/2019

2019 has been a great year for film, and Armenians around the world have contributed in countless ways. We didn’t cover them all in this short video, but here’s a snapshot of what an amazing year it’s been. Happy New Year to all of our followers and members. Thank you for your support!

12/31/2019

2019 has been a great year for film, and Armenians around the world have contributed in countless ways. We didn’t cover them all in this short video, but here’s a snapshot of what an amazing year it’s been. Happy New Year to all of our followers and members. Thank you for your support!

How well do you know STAR WARS? Do you know how many times Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for an Oscar? Grab a fri...
12/30/2019

How well do you know STAR WARS? Do you know how many times Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for an Oscar? Grab a friend and join us this Friday at 7:30pm at Abril Books for OSCARS TRIVIA!

This fun social evening will consist of food and drinks, and everyone who attends will leave with a gift! We'll be giving away prizes such as movie tickets, DVDs, Armenian Film Society merchandise, and more!

Link in bio.

Ara Daglian, who appears in UNCUT GEMS, is not a professional actor. Director Josh Safdie explains how he came about cas...
12/27/2019

Ara Daglian, who appears in UNCUT GEMS, is not a professional actor. Director Josh Safdie explains how he came about casting him. Swipe. @ Armenian Film Society

THE IRISHMAN is now streaming on Netflix. This epic film is written by Oscar-winning writer Steven Zaillian, who has wri...
11/27/2019

THE IRISHMAN is now streaming on Netflix. This epic film is written by Oscar-winning writer Steven Zaillian, who has written films for directors such as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Brian De Palma, and Ridley Scott.

NEXT FRIDAY: Celebrate the life of Ross Bagdasarian, who would have been 100 years old this year! We're ending 2019 stro...
11/27/2019

NEXT FRIDAY: Celebrate the life of Ross Bagdasarian, who would have been 100 years old this year! We're ending 2019 strong with a tribute to the singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor, best known for creating Alvin and the Chipmunks. The evening will also feature a screening of THE DEEP SIX (1958), the first major Hollywood production that featured an Armenian speaking scene, with Ross Bagdasarian appearing as Pvt. Aaron Slobodjian. Free for Armenian Film Society members. Daily tickets available at the door. Link in bio.

Marielle Heller's film A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD centers on Fred Rogers and his unlikely friendship with a cyn...
11/26/2019

Marielle Heller's film A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD centers on Fred Rogers and his unlikely friendship with a cynical journalist. The film stars Tom Hanks and is now in theatres. Joanna Bush, who is Armenian on her mother's side, is a film illustrator and concept artist who did early concept art for many of the miniature sets for the film. Link in bio for trailer.

You may be familiar with Rouben Mamoulian, Ross Bagdasarian, and Mike Connors, but did you know that in 1922 Nikita Bali...
10/30/2019

You may be familiar with Rouben Mamoulian, Ross Bagdasarian, and Mike Connors, but did you know that in 1922 Nikita Balieff (Mkrtych Balian) came to the United States and revolutionized the industry in more ways than one? Learn about the vast contributions Armenians have made in Hollywood with an exclusive lecture this Friday from UCLA's Zareh Arevshatian. Link in bio. @ Abril Books

AFS ❤️s GTW. Glendale Tech Week is an initiative led by the City of Glendale - Economic Development Division, held from ...
08/22/2019

AFS ❤️s GTW. Glendale Tech Week is an initiative led by the City of Glendale - Economic Development Division, held from September 14- 21. We hosted two events last year, including a panel with the filmmaking team behind @searchingmovie with @sevohanian, @nattqq, and @aneeshchaganty, as well as an evening with @tenipanosian. This year, @glendale_tech is going to be bigger and better. Check out their page, RSVP to the various events taking place throughout the week, and catch the AFS team there!

Hovik Keuchkerian appears on the television series MONEY HEIST on Netflix. The series centers around a group of nine rob...
08/21/2019

Hovik Keuchkerian appears on the television series MONEY HEIST on Netflix. The series centers around a group of nine robbers who attempt to pull off the greatest heist of all time. Hovik Keuchkerian was born in Beirut to an Armenian father and Spanish mother, and later moved to Madrid when he was three years old.
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Source: @shantkandilian

We're so proud of our Filmmaker-in-Residence @haykm_, seen here at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival (@filmfestlocarno) in ...
08/20/2019

We're so proud of our Filmmaker-in-Residence @haykm_, seen here at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival (@filmfestlocarno) in Switzerland earlier this month. Hayk Matevosyan's short film was made under the mentorship of Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr and screened as part of the festival. @ Locarno Film Festival

Houri Mahserejian is a costumer on the new season of LEGION, currently airing on FX. @hour1 has also worked as a costume...
08/09/2019

Houri Mahserejian is a costumer on the new season of LEGION, currently airing on FX. @hour1 has also worked as a costume assistant on films such as SUICIDE SQUAD, BLACK PANTHER, RED SPARROW, and VELVET BUZZSAW.
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Source: @gadoorawk @ Armenian Film Society

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