Winning isn’t everything for local filmmaker Armen Kevorkian. In
fact, it will take second seat when he screens his short film entry
“The Picnic” at this year’s weeklong Method Fest, which begins April
11 at the AMC Media Center 8 Theatres in Burbank.
“It’s not really about winning, but gaining exposure,” he said.
“Usually, only friends, family members and co-workers would see it,
but with a prestigious festival like this, we’ll have a lot more
people viewing the film.”
And he hopes any attention it receives will bring him more
opportunities to direct.
A Glendale resident who works on the special effects of the
television show “Star Trek: Enterprise,” Kevorkian wrote the
five-minute short with his co-worker, Christopher Petrus, and taped
it in two days using a digital camera. The project was his first and
it only cost him $1,000, he said.
The story is about a man who wakes up one morning and realizes he
must finally deal with something that happened in his past in order
to move on with his life.
Also exploring the theme of overcoming personal obstacles,
first-time writer and director Berenice Robinson’s 17-minute film,
“Living Alone,” focuses on a woman entrapped by the inability to
recognize her self-worth. She is then forced by a series of
unexpected events to discover herself.
Robinson said the story’s message is universal -- people cannot
make others happy unless they are truly content themselves.
“I didn’t want to make [the protagonist] depressed,” she said. “I
just wanted to show her stuck emotionally and artistically because of
her lack of confidence.”
A post-production manager in the feature animation department at
Disney Studios, the native Frenchwoman now resides in Burbank. She
spent $20,000 and used a crew of 20 people, including the musical
supervision of her husband, Lynwood, to complete the project last
year. It was shot on 35-millimeter film.
“I’m happy that I was able to finish it because a lot of
filmmakers often run out of money and get stuck,” Robinson said.
Often relying on the expertise of her co-workers for help, she
also said living in the epicenter of the entertainment industry has
“Working in Burbank was a big benefit because the city is used to
it,” Robinson said. “The city has made the whole thing nice and easy
The fifth annual Method Fest, a film festival with an emphasis on
acting, has relocated to Burbank after four years in Pasadena. It
will screen almost 60 feature and short films from around the world.