I am delighted to let you know that “Hove” has been made an official selection of the Artivist Film Festival (http://www.artivist.com/festival/festival.php). This is a great film festival that looks at film through “the lens of the activist, the lens of the artist …”.
It is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide and to bring this story to yet another audience.
It is also a great platform to connect with a unique group of filmmakers and with Hollywood power-brokers that have a connection to and a passion for issue-driven films. This festival attracts filmmakers and producers that are not afraid of tackling tough or challenging subjects. A perfect place for a film about the Armenian Genocide to be shown and a perfect place to meet producers who might be interested in exploring more of this history in a feature film. I am working on the feature film goal on many fronts and will keep you informed!
Thank you to Artivist for inviting “Hove” to be a part of their fantastic festival and for having the courage to celebrate this type of film – when we are surrounded by an industry that often runs from controversy or intense subject matters.
I am really looking forward to the festival and will let you know more as I find out!
Korea, Italy, Israel … The small stone that is “Hove” continues to make ripples ever wider. I have received inquiries literally from all over the world. I have heard from Festivals inviting “Hove” as well as educational groups, Genocide-prevention organizations and it just keeps coming!
It is really exciting because this means that people, I don’t even know, are now talking to other people around the world and telling them about this film they have seen at a festival or at an educational event – for example “Hove” will screen for as many as 2,000 people at the Middle Eastern Studies Association gathering in Southern California later this year. For a long time I have made huge efforts to get the word out about the history of the Armenian Genocide and our little film but now through the festivals and groups like Facing History the film is doing the work itself. Olympia and Shirleyann’s performances and the lives they created up there on screen are working their own magic around the world. I am so blessed to have been able to finish this project and see it being received like this. Thank you in particular to the Dadourian Foundation, AGBU, Mark Hoplamazian and Haig Ariyan for their efforts on behalf of the film.
I will keep posting to let you know the latest on the film. Thank you for reading!