A heartfelt thanks to all of you who have supported this film over these past 8 years. There is no way to make a documentary film like this without the generous support we’ve received and we are truly grateful.
Over the past two years we have continued to hone the footage down to include the additional scenes from my last trip to Turkey. While we don’t have a complete edit of the entire film, we have a compelling assembly of these scenes. The next step is to create the all-important rough cut.
I must confess, when Abby and I began this journey together in 2012, I was sure that the film would be about Abby connecting with our family’s Armenian heritage. It never occurred to me that I would eventually have to step out from behind the camera, where I’ve apparently been hiding for decades, and discover that I too, have a story to tell. Abby, Rebecca and my close friends have been trying to tell me this all along the way. One doesn’t need to know that they are traumatized to feel the effects of trauma. Lesson learned!
What’s next? My plan is to collaborate with a production company I trust, who can shepherd our film through post production and all the way through its release. I know the production company I want to work with. It’s just a matter of whether it’s a good fit and that the timing is right for them. More on this in my next update.
Logline: An Armenian-American father and daughter set out to understand the powerful legacy of genocide and the ways that a century of silence and denial has shaped their family and themselves. When your family’s brutal past is denied, how do you make sense of the present? What is your story?
Description: Nubar and his daughter Abby set out to find their story. They travel to Eastern Turkey in search of their family’s ancestral homes. For Nubar, the return to this land is revelatory. “I didn’t realize that trauma could be silently passed from one generation to another,” he says. “It was so much a part of me, I didn’t even notice it. Being in that land released it.” The film follows Nubar from avoidance, through painful recognition, to an embrace of his family’s story.
Check Out This Scene of yours truly getting a shave in a barber shop in Istanbul HERE. You can see more details and make a tax-deductible donation HERE
Recipe For Disaster: Green Crabs in The Great Marsh
The story of an ecological catastrophe in the making in four neighboring towns on the Massachusetts coast. As native scallops, mussels, clams, and protective eelgrass disappear under the explosive invasion of green crabs, scientists, local experts, and residents are scrambling to save the marsh from decimation.
This short, powerful documentary film explores one aspect of the consequences of climate change that are echoed in coastal communities around the world, with stunning footage of the beautiful marshes and estuaries whose salvation may come on a dinner plate.
Running Time: 06:30
Format: Interviews and Verité style footage
Release Date: Summer 2018
You can watch it here:
I’ve been asked whether I’m planning to do a follow-up, which I am considering,as part of my ongoing interest in telling stories about the impact of climate change. I am actively seeking more projects related to climate change and would love to hear about potential opportunities and partnerships on this subject. Please contact me by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org to share ideas and learn more about my passion for this work
I love this quote by photographer Ralph Gibson: “I am not the music; I’m the radio through which the music plays. So I follow the work, I don’t lead the work. I go where the work sends me.”
Over the past two years, the work has been sending me into our yard, up on the roof, to hiking trails and anywhere I can find leaves to photograph. I don’t collect or arrange them. I just photograph them. It’s amazing how many cool looking leaves have landed on our barbeque grill (see below). This wasn’t my idea. It just started happening. I was even forced (by the leaves themselves) to purchase a new camera with a larger sensor so that the prints would have more image fidelity (more grey tones between black & white).
Speaking of prints, I’m planning a print sale of these leaf images which you can see HERE: 5 beautiful museum quality prints at a great price.
I love doing portraits in black and white and color for authors, musicians, politicians……anyone, really. My approach is simple and direct. I don’t use lights or assistants. Just you and me in a setting of your choice. For more information please reach out to me at email@example.com