Part I of Witnesses to Premier Oct. 18

THOUSAND OAKS–Calif.–The Armenian Film Foundation Board of Directors announced that "Voices from the Lake," part one of the trilogy "The Witnesses," Dr. J. Michael Hagopian’s epic documentary on the Armenian Genocide will have its gala world premier on Wednesday Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

A committee formed to organize the premier has selected the Leonard H. Goldensen Theatre at the Television Academy for the showing of the movie.

Dr. J. Michael Hagopian is also named the Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region 2000 Man of the Year during a banquet Sunday at Avedissian Hall.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences–founded in 1946–is an organization devoted to the advancement of telecommunications–arts and sciences. The theatre–in which "Voices from the Lake" will be screened is the home of the Emmy Awards.

Dr. J. Michael Hagopian is no stranger to the Emmy Awards. His previous films have received two Emmy nominations. The planning committee saw it fit to premier Dr. Hagopian’s latest film at the Academy that nominated his previous works.

Several community activists–supporters and friends of Dr. Hagopian are serving on the gala premier committee–which is chaired by prominent Los Angeles attorney Paul M. Krekorian. Committee members include Michael Agbabian–Valina Ghookassian–Nora Janoyan–Hratch Karakachian–Ardashes Kassakhian and Astrid Mazmanian.

For ticket information for the Oct. 18 premier of "Voices from the Lake" contact the Armenian Film Foundation at (805) 495-0717.

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