By Aram Arkun
WATERTOWN – Alec Mouhibian, the co-writer/director/producer of the film ‘1915’ will speak at the September 10 film screening at Cambridge. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of the movie after the showing.
For more information on Mouhibian, see the August 22 issue of the Mirror. Mouhibian during some unpublished sections of his interview pointed out the unique elements of the film’s music, as well as the authentic nature of the historical costumes worn by the actors. Grammy Award winning composer Serj Tankian from the band System of a Down provided the film with an original score.
Mouhibian’s co-writer and co-director/producer Garin Hovannisian added, “What is unusual is that Serj Tankian wrote much of the music of 1915 before the movie was even filmed. The script itself had suggested to him the musical world that our story needed. Of course we worked together intensely for some time after the film was cut. But we knew from the very beginning that Serj was going to deliver a masterful score, summoning up an entire century of feelings.” He incorporated some elements from a prior symphonic piece of his called “A 100 Years,” co-composed with John Psathas of New Zealand. After his initial burst of compositional inspiration, Tankian worked on the orchestral, piano and instrumental soundtrack frame by frame.
According to an interview with Ara Khachatourian (asbarez.com February 5, 2015), Tankian praised the film as unique and said, “For me, the film deals with the Diasporan effect of trauma—of loss. There’s no film that’s dealt with that. Maybe it’s personal, but the message of loss—the pain of loss—is very universal. ‘1915’ does that in a very artistic way.”
Tankian and System of a Down have been active in raising awareness about the Armenian Genocide, especially this year.
Tickets may still be purchased for the September 10 Cambridge showing of “1915” at the Landmark Theater at www.tugg.com/events/25686. They will be available online until four hours before the start time of the film. Parking is available for $3 for four hours with validation at the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or from Aram Arkun at [email protected], or by calling the Mirror-Spectator office at 617 924 4420.
Mouhibian will be available after the film screening to autograph “1915” DVDs.