‘Bloodless’ Wins Golden Palm Award and Best Feature Documentary at the 21st Beverly Hills Film Festival
Bared Maronian’s Bloodless Was Selected Amongst 150 Officially Selected Films of the Year
COCONUT CREEK, FL – ‘Bloodless: The Path to Democracy‘ documentary feature film snatched two of the top awards at the prestigious 21st Beverly Hills Film Festival–The Golden Palm Award and Best Feature Documentary award–during the May 2nd Awards Ceremony, held virtually due to the pandemic. The Feature Documentary film, Bloodless, by four-time regional Emmy award- winning documentary filmmaker, Bared Maronian, captures the non-violent civil disobedience protests and social media campaigns during Armenia’s 2018 velvet revolution when opposition leader, Nikol Pashinyan overthrew the decades-long, corrupt oligarchy power. The documentary, written by Bared Maronian and Silva Basmajian, and produced by Seda Grigoryan, Silva Basmajian, Bardig Kouyoumdjian and Bared Maronian.
“We are humbled that the jury, comprising Oscar winning industry professionals and industry leaders, extended high praise and selected Bloodless as the recipient of the Festival’s top awards out of the 150 films,” said filmmaker Bared Maronian, founder of Armenoid Productions, receiving news of the wins at Beverly Hills Film Festival.
The Best Feature Documentary Award to Bloodless was presented midway through the virtual awards ceremony by a panel of six film industry professionals. The Golden Palm Award–the annual Festival’s most prestigious award–was presented to Bloodless by Nino Simone, Founder and President of the Beverly Hills Film Festival. The 21st annual event, held virtually April 28 through May 2 due to the pandemic, live-streamed 150 non-studio films as part of its official global selections during the virtual Festival. The annual live event usually draws over 40,000 attendees.
COCONUT CREEK, FL – South Florida-based Armenoid Productions has announced that its 2016 multi award-winning ‘Women of 1915′ feature-length documentary film is slated to stream on Amazon Video in observance of International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2021. This documentary reveals that it was women who were left behind to experience the worst kind of torture and the most heroic form of resilience during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The film delineates the stories of these women, along with the lasting impact they had on the lives they saved and touched.
“We decided to stream the premiere of Women of 1915 on Amazon Video to coincide with International Women’s Day, because of the film’s universal appeal. One of the women profiled in our film is Victoria Artinian who, having survived the Armenian Genocide and the Great Fire of Smyrna in 1922, migrated to United States. From the “ashes” of death and destruction in her homeland, she succeeded in overcoming these impossible traumatic events to live the American Dream. Amazingly, she also helped raise her daughter’s adopted son who, beginning in his 20s set a path to literally change the world for Victoria Artinian was Steve Job’s adoptive grandmother,” said 4-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and South Florida resident Bared Maronian.
Additionally, ‘Women of 1915’ combines facts and emotions to honor the brave American and European women including American volunteer Mary Louise Graffam, Japanese diplomat Diana Apkar, and Danish missionary Maria Jacobsen, who dedicated their lives to rescue the survivors of the Armenian Genocide, while risking their own.
Women of 1915′ was made possible by a principal partnership between Armenoid Productions, Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA and Ararat Eskijian Museum. In addition, the Armenian Relief Society of Canada, Armenian Relief Society of Western USA, AGBU and AGBU–Hye Geen, made considerable contributions to this project.
Screened in over 40 cities around the world, this documentary was officially selected by the Switzerland International Film Festival and has received Best Documentary Awards at the International Independent Film Awards, Aphrodite Film Awards, Docs Without Borders Film Festival, and the Pomegranate Film Festival. In addition, the ARPA Film Festival’s most prestigious Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award honored Bared Maronian, the director of ‘Women of 1915.’
The creative team behind Women of 1915 includes, Gloria Sanders as narrator, Bardig Kouyoumdjian as the director of photography, C-rouge as the composer, and Hooshere as the performer. Original soundtrack is available at Spotify and Apple Music.
Bared Maronian’s most recent production ‘Bloodless: The Path to Democracy,’ a collaboration between Armenoid Productions and Cultural Impact Foundation, is currently gaining rave reviews at international film festivals. It documents Armenia’s 2018 peaceful revolution. Maronian’s earlier 2013 documentary, ‘Orphans of the Genocide,’ that examines the plight and survival efforts of the over 150,000 orphans of the Armenian Genocide, is currently available on Amazon Video.