Ararat-Eskijian Museum to Present ‘The Cut’ Followed by Conversation with Screenwriter


Mardik Martin

Mardik Martin

MISSION HILLS, Calif. — The Ararat-Eskijian Museum presents the award-winning movie “The Cut,” followed by a conversation with screenwriter Mardik Martin, moderated by independent producer Ani Hovannisian, on Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m., at the Sheen Chapel, 15105 Mission Hills Road.

Directed and written by acclaimed Turkish director Fatih Akin with Armenian screenwriter Mardik Martin, the film provides a vivid portrayal of the Armenian Genocide through the heart-wrenching saga of one family. It highlights the continuing struggle to regain lost hope in the face of overwhelming destruction.

Martin, a close friend and colleague of Martin Scorsese, is among the most accomplished screenwriters in American film history. He is hailed for his work in classics including Raging Bull, Mean Streets, and New York, New York, among many others. In his latest and most personal collaboration, The Cut, he says, ”We tried to tell the truth and that is all it is.” Martin is also a professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. From Baghdad to New York to Hollywood, Martin’s trek has been legendary.

Ani Hovannisian has produced stories for many television shows, including FOX’s Medical Miracles specials, TLC’s How’d They Do That?, CBS’s Most Fascinating Women and syndicated Extra, along with videos that have earned multiple Telly and other awards. Ani was an anchor at Horizon Armenian Television for a decade. She recently returned from Historic Armenia with footage and stories to be featured in her upcoming documentary film, The Hidden Map.

The event is dedicated in honor of Onnik K Kouyoumdjian patron of the museum.