ADAA’s Seasonal Social Celebrates Successes and Upcoming 2010 MFA Armenian Film Festival


From left, Alicia Demirjian, Alyssa Yenikomshian, Natalie and Aram Shemmassian

From left, Alicia Demirjian, Alyssa Yenikomshian, Natalie and Aram Shemmassian

By Nancy Kalajian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator

BELMONT, Mass. — A chance for Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) volunteers to reconnect and celebrate the success of the 2009 Museum of Fine Arts Armenian Film Festival came into fruition at a warm-hearted celebration recently held in the Belmont home of Jane Minasian and Grant Monahan. About 30 volunteers came together to reflect on the past successes of previous MFA Armenian Film Festivals and to discuss next spring’s Third Annual MFA Armenian Film Festival.

The ADAA 2010 MFA Film Festival Committee includes Michael Mensoian (director) and members Hapet Berberian, Paul  Boghosian, Bethel Charkoudian, Alfred Demirjian, Bedros Demirdjian, Christopher Mensoian, Jane Minasian and Bob Semonian. Michael Mensoian spoke to the group and said he expects a collegial atmosphere in the planning and implementation of the festival; he encouraged those present to continue their work as volunteers, or sign-on if a new volunteer. Most committee members were present to discuss plans for the upcoming festival. Christopher Mensoian reflected on the importance of having wide community support with both Armenians and non-Armenians in the audience. Paul Boghosian spoke of the worth of selecting and showing
films with diverse themes so as to attract a varied and wide audience.

Bianca Bagatourian, now heading the new ADAA West Coast Office at Sunset Gower Studios, and Paul Boghosian were thanked for their diligent work on initiating and continuing the film festival.

In the final planning stages, the dates for the 2010 festival are currently April 30, May 1 and 2. “We look forward to a very successful
Third Annual Armenian Film Festival. I know we are going to h ave it. I
just have that feeling,” Michael Mensoian remarked with a huge smile.
Those interested in volunteering for the festival can get more
information through armeniandrama.org.
From left, Mihran Yenikomshian, Chris Mensoian, Alfred Demirjian,
Julie Babayan, Ann Chaglassian, Michael Mensoian and Paul Boghosian