They Shall Not Perish:

The Story of Near East Relief

SHANT MARDIROSSIAN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

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Shant Mardirossian is the Executive Producer of They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief.  In his professional life, Mr. Mardirossian is a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer at a leading U.S. middle-market private equity firm.  He is a graduate of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and holds a B.B.A. in Public Accounting and an M.B.A. with dual concentration in Investment Management and Strategic Management. His grandparents were all survivors of the Armenian Genocide and his paternal grandmother sought refuge in an American orphanage.  They were the inspiration for the film.

 

PRODUCER/WRITER/DP

GEORGE BILLARD

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George Billard is an award-winning producer, writer, director and cinematographer. To date he has helmed productions in over forty countries. His work includes commercials, television, documentaries and film. In addition to They Shall Not Perish, he is currently in production on Amateur, a documentary film about amateur cagefighters in New York, and They Call Me Killer, a documentary about an unusual state executioner. His original screenplay, Dispossessed was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Screenplay at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

 

 

   CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

ALICIA SAMS

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Alicia Sams has extensive experience in both documentary and feature films as both producer and director.  She has produced award-winning documentaries for theatrical release and for broadcasters including HBO, IFC, the Sundance Channel, AMC, PBS, Bravo, and TBS.   Currently, she is producing and directing White House Ghosts, about presidential speechwriters.  Other recent films include: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay, which aired on American Masters in January 2015; “The Battle for Kansas,” a series of short films for Al Jazeera’s flagship show America Tonight; Arab American Stories, an Emmy-Award winning 13-episode public television she conceived, produced and directed for presenter Detroit Public Television.  She produced and directed (with Amy Rice) the Emmy-Award winning film By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, which premiered on HBO in 2009.  Also in 2009, Sams was executive producer of Cherien Dabis' award-winning debut feature AMREEKA, which premiered at Sundance and won the Critics Prize at the Director's Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival.  Past films include: Toots, Wanderlust, Grateful Dawg, Hello He Lied: And other Tales from the Hollywood Trenches, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s, and the series Keeping Time: New Music from America’s Roots.

EDITOR

VITO DESARIO

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Vito DeSario is  a creative storyteller of narrative film who could safely say, “I've cut it all”, be it comedy, dramatic dialogue, a simple montage of beautiful images or a fast paced action sequence and everything in between. 
Throughout his career he has worked with most of the top directors in the commercial and feature world and has edited more commercials than can be named for a diverse range of industries and products. Vito has edited short films, trailers, main title sequences, music videos and art films. 

Most recently, he's  been focusing on Indie films and has edited four dramatic features in the past couple of years, two of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival

 

TITLE DESIGN & GRAPHIC EFFECTS

Raffi Simonian

Raffi Simonian is the Executive Creative Director of Nau. He is an accomplished designer and director for screen and print. He has created countless advertisements and main title designs for feature films and television. Raffi has created content for clients including MTV, Lexus, Toyota, Hewlett-Packard, FOX, Discovery, the U.S. Air Force, the 78th Academy Awards, among others. Raffi's work has been featured in several publications such as IdN, Stash, and Step Magazine.

 

COMPOSER

PETER NASHEL

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Peter Nashel is a composer and music producer who works extensively in feature film, documentary, television, advertising, and all forms of new media. Some of Peter’s original scores for feature film and documentaries include:Bee Season/Fox (Richard Gere and Juliette Binoiche, dir. David Seigel and Scott McGehee), Peabody Award-Winning Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream/BBC (dir. Alex Gibney), Win Win/Fox (Amy Ryan and Paul Giamatti, dir. Thomas McCarthy) and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer/ Jigsaw (dir by Alex Gibney)!

Peter’s work in television includes scores and themes for Younger (Darren Star Productions/TV Land), Marco Polo(The Weinstein Company and Electus/Netflix), Rubicon (Warner Bros/AMC), NYC22 (Tribeca/ CBS), Lie to Me(FOX), Dirty Sexy Money (ABC), and the critically acclaimed remake of the British series Life on Mars (FOX/ABC). 

 

PRODUCTION

ARMENIA

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Hasmik Hovhannisyan

PRODUCTION /TRANSLATOR

Tevos Matevosyan-

GREECE

RESEARCH

Lefteris Zorzos

MILITARY FACILITATOR 

Dimitris Bountalis

LEBANON

PRODUCTION SUPPORT & RESEARCH

Garo Derounian

BOSTON

DP

Randy Murdock

PRODUCTION SUPPORT

Evan O’Sullivan

 

MAINE 

SOUND

Tim Wright

GAFFER

Steve Davis

PA

Caitlin Langan

NEW YORK

SOUND

Reed Adler

Hunt Beatty

GAFFER

Dave Stark

Ray Preziosi

PA

Ryan Currier

Heather Davis

Benjamin Wallace

ASSISTANT/WEB DESIGN

Michele Daboul

INSURANCE 

Taylor & Taylor

Dewitt

NEW ORLEANS

SOUND

Rachel Grissom

GAFFER

Will Scott

PA

Cam Owen

SAN FRANCISCO

SOUND

Lou Wiskes

GAFFER

Frank Helbig 

PA

Rich Arp

WASHINGTON

SOUND

David Girard

GAFFER

Doug McClung

PA

Nelson Walker

MAKEUP/HAIR

Jacqueline Malocu

 

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE & PHOTOGRAPHS

Archival Footage & Photographs

Armenian Film Foundation

Armin T. Wegner - Wallstein Verlag, Gottingen

British Pathé Collection

Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv

Congregational Library & Archives

Corbis

Critical Past

Deutsches Literatur Archiv

F.I.L.M. Archives, Inc.

Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna

Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

Gaumont Pathé Collection

Getty Images

Harvard University

Hoover Institution Archives

J E. Allen

Library of Congress

New York Times

Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives

Rockefeller Archive Center – Near East Foundation Collection

Smithsonian Institute

The Armenian Genocide Museum – Institute

UCLA Film & Television Archive

Moving Image Research Collections- University of South Carolina

United Church of Christ Wider Church Ministries

WPA Film Library

SPECIAL THANKS

Near East Relief Historical Society

Near East Foundation

and

American University Beirut

Anita Anserian

Garo Armen

Armenian General Benevolent Union

Levon Avdoyan

Vicken Babkenian

Michele Hitzik Beckerman

Charlie Benjamin

Don Buchwald & Associates

Simona Ceci

Melanie Dadourian

Garo Derounian

Hayk Demoyan

Rachel DeSario

Rosa DeSario

Judith Duryea

Carla Garapedian

Johnson Garrett

Hal Gessner

Nareg Hartounian

Harvard University

Houghton Library

Patricia Huntington

Linda Jacobs

Lucine Karjian

Missak Kelechian

Arman Kuyumjian

Leslie Malott

Marc Mamigonian

David Mann

Haig Mardikian

Christine Mardirossian

Bared Maronian

Rob Massey

Sean McMeekin

Jeffery Morgan

Khatchig Mouradian

Judi Nierman

Foster Padway

Grant Petrosyan

Pulse Media

Taline Sahakyan

Robert Schenk

Laura Chavez Silverman

Molly Sullivan

Scout Tufankjian

University of New Orleans

Heghnar Watenpaugh

Steven Weizenecker

Elise Kinney Woods