UPDATE FROM NUBAR ALEXANIAN AND WALKER CREEK MEDIA

Dear Colleagues, Supporters, and Friends,
I want to share an update on my recent and ongoing projects and look forward to becoming more active in sharing my work and progress with you. Toward this end, I plan to share another update this summer and hope you will share your thoughts and reactions. I look forward to continuing to engage with you about my work and yours.
Scars of Silence
Three Generations From The Armenian Genocide
(working title)

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

Many thanks to our supporters and everyone who appeared in or worked on this film.

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: nubar@walkercreekmedia.com to share ideas and learn more about my passion for this work

Still Photography
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.

Portraits

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 nubar@walkercreekmedia.com

TERRIFIC NEWS AND UPDATES FOR “RECIPE FOR DISASTER” FROM NUBAR ALEXANIAN!

Our film received a very enthusiastic reception at The Woods Hole Film Festival last weekend. And the Q & A that followed was terrific with great audience questions! 
 
We’re also thrilled that Recipe For Disaster has been accepted as an official selection to the Mass International Film Festival September 5th, 6th, and 7th  and the 14th Annual Newburyport Documentary Film Festival  September 13th, 14th and 15th. 
 
We’ve also been invited to The Online New England Film Festival, which will be promoted to NewEnglandFilm.com‘s over 50,000 monthly readers as well as our 14,000 monthly email subscribers
Finally, our film has more than 55,000 views online since June and we will be launching Phase Two of our Social Media Campaign sometime after Labor Day.
Thanks, as always, for you support!  We could not have made this film without you!
More Soon!
All my best,
Nubar

RECIPE FOR DISASTER LIVE ON FACEBOOK APRIL 5TH!

Get ready to watch the full version of our new film, “Recipe For Disaster: Green Crabs in the Great Marsh” premiering on April 5 AT 10AM on Facebook!

Share this post with your friends so we can all work together to protect this important ecosystem.

FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: Nubar Alexanian, Director of RECIPE FOR DISASTER

SALEM FILMFEST March 29-April 4, 2019

March 29, 2019

An explosive invasion of green crabs is an ecological catastrophe in the making in four neighboring towns on the Massachusetts coast in RECIPE FOR DISASTER directed by Nubar Alexanian.  SFF program director Jeff Schmidt caught up with Alexanian ahead of the short film’s World Premiere as part of Shorts Block D at the National Park Service’s Salem Visitor Center on Sunday, March 31 at 10am.

Jeff Schmidt: You have been working as a documentary filmmaker for over 40 years, what are some of the past films you have worked on that have inspired you to carry on all of these years?

Nubar Alexanian: I’m very fond of the expression:  “It’s not what calls you. It’s what keeps you.” There is no shortage of compelling stories out there waiting & wanting to be told and some of them just grab hold of you and won’t let go. This is what happened with RECIPE FOR DISASTER.  It quickly became a film I had to make because it’s about a catastrophe in the making that is happening in my neighborhood. Also, my daughter and I have been working on a feature length documentary film since 2011 currently called SCARS OF SILENCE: Three Generations From Genocide, about the affects of the Armenian Genocide on our family. This certainly keeps me going…and often keeps me awake at night.

CALLING ALL CHEFS is one of my favorite short docs because it’s about the importance of the food we eat and the main character, chef Paolo Laboa, was a spectacular subject.  So, for me, inspiration has always come from connection to the subject.

JS: How did you come to learn of the Green Crab?

NA: I’ve lived in the marshes of Cape Ann for a long time as a photographer and avid striped bass fisherman.  So I know these marshes very well. However, in June of 2017 I heard about the explosion of the green crab population and was stunned that I had not heard about it before.  How could this be? How bad was it? Like many documentary filmmakers, producing a film is a way of educating myself about a subject and finishing the film is a way of sharing what I’ve learned.

READ MORE HERE

RECIPE FOR DISASTER screens as part of Shorts Block D at the National Park Service’s Salem Visitor Center on Sunday, March 31 at 10am – FREE ADMISSION:https://salemfilmfest.com/2019/programs/shorts-block-d/

NUBAR ALEXANIAN’S FILM “RECIPE FOR DISASTER” PREMIERING AT THE SALEM FILM FESTIVAL!

Very excited for Nubar and very much looking forward to attending the opening!

The screening will take place at the SALEM FILM FESTIVAL on Sunday, March 31st at 10:00am at the National Parks Service in Salem. The event is free and open to the public. There will be five short films followed by a Q&A. Total time for this event will be 67 minutes. 

TRAILER! NEW FILM -“RECIPE FOR DISASTER: GREEN CRABS IN THE GREAT MARSH”

Check out the trailer for Nubar Alexanian’s forthcoming tremendous documentary Recipe for Disaster: Green Crabs in the Great Marsh. A first-time screening will be held at the Cape Ann Cinema on Tuesday, September 18th at 7:30pm sharp.

The trailer may be viewed here.

 

NEW FILM! SCREENING OF NUBAR ALEXANIAN’S STUNNING DOCUMENTARY “RECIPE FOR DISASTER”

Must see- I had the honor of seeing an early cut and you will not want to miss this film screening. The Green Crab invasion is happening in our local marshes! Extraordinary footage, extraordinary film, told by a master storyteller.