Asbarez – The Armenoid Team announced on October 21 that the award-winning filmmaker, Bared Maronian’s opening sequence of “Women of 1915” documentary has been nominated by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) 40th Annual Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards among its Craft Achievement Nominees for directing. Already a four-time Emmy award winner, this is Maronian’s first Emmy nomination as a director.
“I’m honored and grateful to be among the 2016 NATAS nominees—for the first time as a director,” said Maronian. “My heartfelt gratitude to my sponsors and the entire Armenoid Team without whose continued support and expertise the production of ‘Women of 1915’ wouldn’t have been possible.”
“Women of 1915” premiered in New Jersey in June, under the sponsorship of the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) of the Eastern United States—a non-profit women’s organization—and also premiered in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU). The documentary has already been awarded the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award—and accepted into the following upcoming film festivals:
ARPA Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre, November 5, 3:30pm in Hollywood, California.
Pomegranate Film Festival, November 20, 1pm in Toronto, Canada.
“Women of 1915” is the first documentary to unveil the role of the Armenian women of the era and the horrors they lived through the first Genocide of the 20th century. The documentary highlights the integral role the Armenian women played in their respective communities and the heroic, humanitarian women advocates who came to their aid from around the world, and some who even died at war-ravaged Ottoman Empire to empower the Armenian women as pillars of war-torn, post-Genocide societies.
Maronian’s “Women of 1915” follows his highly acclaimed documentary “Orphans of the Genocide” on the plight of the Armenian Genocide orphans. “Orphans of the Genocide” was selected by the Hong Kong World International Film Festival, and nationally distributed by the National Educational Telecommunications Association to over 250 TV stations across the U.S. Since its release, “Orphans of the Genocide” has been awarded a Telly Award, nominated to the 2014 Regional Emmy Award in Historical Documentary category, was part of the NYC Filmmaker’s Festival, nominated as Best Documentary at the 2013 ARPA Film Festival, featured at New York’s Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival, and received the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Pomegranate Film Festival in Toronto.
As the founder of the Armenoid Team, Maronian specializes in producing thematically Armenian documentaries, and has produced three Armenian films. Maronian is a graduate of Haigazian University with a major in Political Science, and has attended Palm Beach State College of Florida and the Broadcast Career Institute of Palm Beach.