Dr. J. Michael Hagopian
As a political science and economics professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), J. Michael Hagopian was unsatisfied with the quality of educational films that were available for use in his classroom. Before long, he left his teaching post and picked up a camera to produce and direct quality educational tools on topics ranging from Black history to Nigerian culture.
Born in Kharpert-Mezreh, Hagopian's search
for his roots and the history of his people have won him critical acclaim,
including two nominations for Emmys for the writing and production of The
Forgotten Genocide, the first full-length feature film on the Armenian
Genocide of 1915. In all,
Hagopian's work encompasses nearly 400 survivor interviews and 20 years of
His other films have included the well respected Jerusalem - Center of Many Worlds and the first full-color film on the Nile River, which took first place at the Cleveland Film Festival in 1950. His next, Asian Earth, won the Golden Reel Award at the American Film Festival and first place at the Cleveland and Boston film festivals.
Hagopian holds a doctorate in international
relations from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from the
University of California at Berkeley. As a young boy, he emigrated
with his parents to Fresno, California. In his teens, they moved to
J. Michael Hagopian
Director and Producer of “Screamers,” featuring the Grammy award-winning
band ‘System of a Down,’ on theatrical release in the
"Through Michael's films, the Armenian Film Foundation is doing the
fundamental work of telling the stories of genocide survivors. These
eyewitness testimonials are educating people all over the world."
says Garapedian, who earned her doctorate in international relations at the
London School of Economics and Political Science before working as a
producer, director and foreign correspondent based in
The headline about Garapedian in The
Los Angeles Times best describes her filmmaking background --
“Documenting Truth in Dangerous Places.”
She made world headlines in her film
“Dying for the President” about
the war in
Garapedian is the only American to anchor the famous BBC World News.
She has also been a correspondent for NBC Sunrise, NBC Nightly News
and CNBC in
Glenn Farr is a veteran professional filmmaker who has worked in Hollywood since 1968. Primarily as a Film Editor, Glenn’s credits include a variety of media forms including feature films, TV movies and series, feature length and short documentaries.
In 1984, Glenn was awarded an Oscar for Best Film Editing of the feature film, The Right Stuff. For the same film he was nominated for the “Eddy Award”, (Best Edited Feature), for the same film by the American Cinema Editors organization.
Currently, Glenn is a Film Editor of the Warner Bros. TV series, The Mentalist seen on CBS TV.
For many years Glenn has served as a Board Member of the Armenian Film Foundation. During that time he served as a consultant on the production of the Dr. J. Michael Hagopian produced trilogy of films about the Armenian Genocide.
Glenn serves as a mentor at large of film students and film school graduates on a regular basis.