Press Release: Armenian Film Society Launches Filmmaker-in-Residence Program
LOS ANGELES, March 25, 2019 – Armenian Film Society is proud to announce the launch of its Filmmaker-in-Residence program.
The residency program is an annual initiative designed to further support filmmakers in their creative process by providing emerging and established filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and experiences to create new work with the Armenian Film Society’s support. Filmmakers will receive assistance from the Armenian Film Society to produce a creative work during the duration of the one-year program. The program will conclude with a screening of the filmmaker’s work.
Hayk Matevosyan has been selected as the program’s inaugural Filmmaker-in-Residence. Hayk is a filmmaker whose work spans across the narrative, music video, and art installation spaces. He is a graduate of UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television and has been mentored by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World, The Little Rascals) and Mardik Martin, whose screenplays have brought to life some of Martin Scorsese’s most iconic films (Mean Streets, Raging Bull).
Hayk participated in Sarajevo Talents, Torino Film Lab Extended, BFC directing workshop in Peru under legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog’s mentorship, and a directing residency with Bela Tarr organized by the Locarno Film Festival.
Hayk’s work has screened at over 40 film festivals around the world including Academy Award®-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival, Film Independent – LA Film Festival, SCAD Savannah Film Festival. He has directed more than dozen music videos for various artists including the official music video “Lives” for Grammy-Award winning Daron Malakian (System of a Down, Scars on Broadway) which has garnered over 4 million views so far. Hayk’s work has been featured on various magazines including Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The Independent, Loudwire, Metal Hammer. Hayk’s latest project is an installation “Art in Motion” with the music composed by Grammy-Award winning Serj Tankian (System of A Down).
Armenian Film Society founder Armen Karaoghlanian states, “We are excited to launch this new initiative that provides filmmakers with the opportunity to create more work – and we are especially excited to collaborate with Hayk Matevosyan for our inaugural program. Hayk is an exciting filmmaker with a hugely bright future ahead of him, and we are thrilled to be a part of that future.”
About Armenian Film Society
Armenian Film Society was founded by husband and wife team Armen and Mary Karaoghlanian with the assistance of Arno Yeretzian of Abril Books. Armenian Film Society is an organization based in Los Angeles that shines a spotlight on Armenian films and filmmakers with film screenings, discussions, and workshops with filmmakers.