LOS ANGELES–In a new and innovative partnership, the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) and the Tufenkian Foundation have joined to assist young filmmakers in Armenia. Working with the Manana NGO for talented youth, the two groups initiated a summer filmmaking workshop featuring noted directors Gor Kirakosian and Carla Garapedian. More recently, the groups have arranged the donation of state-of-the-art film and video equipment, which has been shipped to Manana through the generous assistance of the United Armenian Fund.
"We felt that the Manana workshops went incredibly well. The children were delightful and they seemed to absorb, like a sponge, everything they were being taught," noted ADAA President Bianca Bagatourian. "Both of our instructors were very taken by them and I believe that Gor Kirakossian has promised to go back a few times and continue. He was teaching them very practical and technical things, and by watching the classes we gained a much better idea of exactly what is needed."
For the past 10 years, Manana has offered comprehensive education to gifted youth in the visual arts, media, and creative writing. Nearly 100 children attend its Yerevan center, where they receive not only technical skills, but also training in analytical thinking, self-motivation and social awareness. Manana’s young talents have already participated at international competitions, receiving awards and nominations for their films and other creative works.
To date, the Tufenkian Foundation has served as Manana’s lead sponsor. During 2007, other groups–most notably, the Paros Foundation–have stepped in with substantial contributions as well.
Founded in 2005, the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance is dedicated to projecting the Armenian voice on the world stage through theatre and film. To learn more about ADAA, check out its website at www.armeniandrama.org.