Watch System of a Down (Wake Up The Souls) Live Concert in Los Angeles

System of a Down kicked off their “Wake Up The Souls” tour on April 6th at The Forum in nearby Inglewood, California to positive reviews. To say we’re fans of this all Armenian-American rock band is an understatement, especially since three of the band members attended school in Little Armenia. Having been to their live performances, we know first hand that their concerts are nothing short of an unforgettable out-of-this-world experience. The atmosphere is absolutely electric and the fans always amazingly spirited. On April 23rd, SOAD will be performing a (free) live concert for the first time in Yerevan, Armenia to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. If their shows are this incredible outside of Armenia, we can’t even begin to imagine how spectacular it will be in Yerevan. Since we can’t be there in person, we can only hope they live stream the show so we can all participate. And if they make it a pay-per-view event (and maybe donate some of the proceeds to genocide awareness programs), we will be first in line with our credit cards.

Watch System of a Down (Wake Up The Souls) Live Concert in Los Angeles
This video was taken by someone attending the concert at The Forum in Inglewood, CA on April 6, 2015. Most of the video is of good quality with a few sections not viewable.

Directors Slam Russell Crowe’s ‘Water Diviner’ Over Armenian Genocide Denial

Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian, co-directors of “1915 The Movie,” below present an open letter to Warner Bros., regarding the film “The Water Diviner.” On the April 24, 2015, the authors will mark the anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide along with tens of thousands of Armenians in a march from Hollywood Blvd. to the Turkish consulate to protest the country’s ongoing denial of the tragedy. Similar events will be held in New York and other major cities across the globe. The filmmakers will then travel to Armenia to screen “1915” for the Armenian government and their Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee.

Dear Warner Bros:

On April 24, 2015, your studio is set to release Russell Crowe‘s directorial debut “The Water Diviner” — a historical drama about an Australian father who travels to Gallipoli, Turkey, in search of his dead sons, who were among the Australian troops that landed there in 1915. He discovers, among other things, that the Turks were never really his enemies. In fact they were the noble victims who ultimately triumphed against the imperial West in World War I.

The problem is that April 24, 2015, also happens to be the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which was perpetrated by the very Turkish government whitewashed by “The Water Diviner.” It was on April 24, 1915 — the night before the Gallipoli landing — that the Young Turk regime set into motion its unprecedented plan: the efficient deportation and slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians and the destruction of their homeland of thousands of years.

Read complete letter here: http://www.thewrap.com/directors-slam-russell-crowes-water-diviner-over-armenian-genocide-denial-guest-blog/

1915 The Movie – Official Trailer (2015)

Exactly 100 years after the Armenian Genocide, a mysterious director stages a play to bring the ghosts of a forgotten tragedy back to life. 1915 is a mind-bending psychological thriller that will forever change the way we think about the past.

Written and Directed by: Garin Hovannisian & Alec Mouhibian.
Starring: Simon Abkarian, Angela Sarafyan, Sam Page, Nikolai Kinski, and Jim Piddock.

Featuring an original score by composer Serj Tankian, of System of a Down.

In theaters April 17. On Demand April 22. Pre-order the digital HD now (and get instant download of 1915 THE END BEGINS, a full composition from Serj Tankian’s soundtrack):

http://www.1915themovie.com
http://www.facebook.com/1915themovie

Learn About Armenia

As we cruise around the internet, we sometimes come across some awesome videos or articles that get our attention. The video below happens to be one of them. Through a post on Facebook, this video got our attention and immediately we were captivated by such an exemplary account of the Armenian people and the country. Created by Los Angeles resident Paul Barbato in a video series called “Geography Now!”, this video captures the essence of Armenia in 10 minutes. Take a look…

If you want to see more videos by Paul Barbato, visit his YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/Paulbarbato) or website (http://www.paulbarbato.com/).

Sona: Conan O’Brien’s Assistant

Conan O’Brien, the popular late-night talk show host, released a documentary last year giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at his live comedy tour which took place during his 6-month break from television. Actually, it wasn’t a break,  it was a contractual condition when he was fired parted from NBC. Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop was an entertaining and revealing look at the man. However, we were most thrilled to learn that his personal assistant is a young Armenian named Sona. Watch poor little Sona get picked-on over and over again by Conan in this video of scenes from the documentary.

 

Here (movie)

Set against the gorgeous landscape of Armenia, HERE chronicles a brief but intense relationship between an American satellite-mapping engineer (Foster) and an expatriate photographer (Azabal) who impulsively decide to travel across the remote countryside. As their trip comes to an end, the two must decide where to go from HERE. Official selection of the Sundance Film Festival.  Starring Ben Foster (The Messenger, Six Feet Under) and Lubna Azabal (Incendies, Paradise Now).

Official Website: http://herefilm.info/