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PRODUCTION PERSONNEL

 

Fr. Mesrop Aramian (Producer and Writer) is a priest of the Armenian Apostolic Church, theologian, scholar, writer and translator. He is the founder and director of the Gandzasar Theological Center, a leading research and publishing center in Armenia specialized in the fields of spirituality, culture, history and education. Fr. Mesrop is the founder and director of Vem Radio, an Armenia-based FM radio station broadcasting spiritual, cultural, educational shows and classical music. Fr. Mesrop Aramian is the founder of Vem Media Arts, a video production studio. Vem Media Arts has produced several series of TV broadcasts and 12 documentaries mostly dedicated to environmental issues. In association with a group of friends, Fr. Mesrop has established Ayb Educational Foundation, which is a key player in the field of education in Armenia today. Fr. Mesrop has authored many books, articles, radio and TV shows, educational projects and programs.

 

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Edgar Baghdasaryan’s (Director) debut film, "Games" (1990), won highest award as the best short film at several debut films festivals, e.g. in Clermon-Ferran (France), Riga (Latvia). The full-length, b/w feature film "The Black Wall", known also as "Outflow" (1997) received Grand Prix (shared with Alexander Sokurov's film) at "Private Look" Film Festival, Armenia; Special Prize of the Jury at Varna International Film Festival, Bulgaria; and FIPRESI Prize at Cottbus International Film Festival, Germany. His full-length documentary "The Land of Holy Rites" (2001) has participated in numerous festivals and received FIPRESI Prize at "Golden Apricot" International Film Festival, Armenia; Grand Prix and prizes in some other nominations at Pan-Armenian Festival of Spiritual Movies. The full-length feature film "Mariam" (2005) won the award for "Best Script" at "New Cinema of 21st Century" International Film Festival in Russia.

 

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Ruben Gasparyan (Director of Photography) is a member of the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia and of the Confederation of Unions of Cinematographers of the CIS (Union of Former Soviet Republics) Countries. Since 1985, he has worked as a cameraman with "ArmenFilm" studio. Ruben Gasparyan has worked as a director of photography for 8 feature films, such as “Bonded Parallels” (director: Hovhannes Galstyan), 2009; “Landslides” (director: Mikayel Dovlatyan), under production; as well as for many educational films and documentaries.

 

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Ara Torosyan (Music) is a violinist, composer and arranger. He has worked as a composer and arranger since 1992. In 1994-1996 Ara moved to Moscow where he worked with the Russian Public TV as a musical editor of the project “Rost”. Back to Armenia, Ara Torosyan has arranged music for hundreds of advertisements and jingle tracks for national and private TV & radio stations, for commercials of local and foreign companies; has arranged about two thousand songs. Ara Torosyan has composed musical themes for many theatrical performances, has scored music for a number of feature and documentary films, among them, director Edgar Baghdasaryan’s “The Land of Holy Rites” (2001), and “Mariam” (2003).

 

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Manuk Hergnyan (Assistant Producer) is the ex-executive director of Vem Radio, an Armenia-based FM radio station that broadcasts spiritual, cultural, educational shows and classical music, as well as Vem Media Arts, a video production studio that has produced several series of TV broadcasts and documentaries on the environment as well as other important issues.

Currently, Manuk Hergnyan is a managing partner at EV Consulting and chairman of the Economy and Values Research Center. He has expertise in strategy and competitiveness, frequently speaking on economic matters and spearheading competitiveness research and advocacy work in Armenia.


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Arthur Gharayan (Cameraman) worked as a cameraman for Public Armenian Television between 1995 and 2005, during which he was promoted from assistant cameraman to director of photography. He has shot dozens of commercials and music videos, as well as ten documentaries. Arthur has worked as a director of photography for a number of feature films, such as “Anthropology” (director: Ashot Gevorgyan), 2001; “Three Colors in Black and White” (director: Artak Sevada), 2007; and “The Ararat Ark” (director Harutyun Azaryan), 2009. He is currently working as a cameraman for two feature films still in production; “The Cross Thief’s Diary” (director: Hrach Keshishyan) and “Chinchik” (director: Aram Shahbazyan).

 

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Mkrtich Baroyan (Cameraman) has been working as a cameraman since 1998. He has shot numerous commercials and music videos and has worked as a director of photography for many documentaries produced by Armenia Tree Project, WWF Armenia Office, Bars Media and Vem Media Arts. He has also worked for a number of feature films, including “Mikosh” (director: Artak Sevada), 2004; “As a Beginning” (director: Artak Sevada), 2005; “The Rope” (director: Artak Sevada), 2005; “The Big Feast” (director: Vahe Gevorgyants), 2009; and “Under the Law” (director: Arsen Abrahamyan), 2009.

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