Mimi Malayan – Executive Producer/Researcher
Mimi’s interest in the Diana Apcar film project is very personal: she is a Diana Apcar’s great-granddaughter. In 2004, Mimi “found” the “lost” manuscript, From the Book of One Thousand Tales. Since then she has been researching her great-grandmother’s life and writings, in an effort to create an extensive archive, including photographs, documents, and memoirs by Armenian refugees in Japan.
As a San Francisco native, Mimi has spent many years volunteering with various local Armenian organizations, providing her with unique access to community leaders. For ten years she served as a board member for the U.C. Berkeley Armenian Alumni and is currently a board member for Bay Area Friends of Armenian (BAFA). Her relationships are helpful in identifying funding sources and will significantly help with the film’s distribution and using the San Francisco community as its launching pad.
Ms. Malayan has been a practicing landscape architect in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Her long-time project management skills provide her with a solid background in prioritizing, organizing, supervising, and administering this film project.
Artur Muradyan – Director/Post-production producer
Arthur currently produces short films, educational videos and motion graphics in partnership with Ekaterina Rossikhina, DBA Animatography. He has independently produced dozens of projects ranging from zero-budget short films and music videos to TV commercials with budgets measured in hundreds of thousands of dollars. Arthur has participated in the creation of tens of TV shows and TV series episodes, including documentaries, and hundreds of TV promos, as an employee of major Russian television networks (TNT, NTV, RTR). He has practical and direct experience in various aspects of film and video production, as well as post-production, in the range from drawn animation to high-end 3D graphics. Arthur’s audio-visual works are in permanent collection of Casoria Contemporary Art Museum in Naples, Italy. His awards include: PromaxBDA, Best Short and Screencraft awards at the New York Independent Film Festival, and Magmart International Videoart Festival. Arthur studied Philosophy at Yerevan State University in Armenia and Psychology of audio-visual perception at Moscow State University, in Russia. He lives and works in San Francisco.
Ekaterina Rossikhina – Screenwriter
Since 2012 Ekaterina has been working on Diana Apcar: The Lost Consul film as a screenwriter, researcher and interviewer. In 2010 she moved to the U.S., and for the subsequent years was writing articles, translating and editing interviews on biotechnology, robotics and futuristic forecasts for the Russian-American enterprise, 2045 Initiative. Ekaterina also translated a number of videos, including a documentary feature Transcendent Man about futurologist Ray Kurtzweil.
During the preceding four years Ekaterina wrote commercial scripts for media production, with her business partner Arthur Muradyan. From 2005-2006 she worked for an entertainment TV network TNT writing press releases and film reviews. Ekaterina graduated from Moscow University of Management with degrees in Public Relations and Advertising in 2005.
Lu Ke is freelance artist, currently residing in Brooklyn NY. Her interests are traditional painting and digital art. She experiments with different ways to combine traditional and digital art together, to create inspiring work. Lu loves folk stories and myths, from which she divines mysterious and strange creatures. Lu’s contribution to our film is the illustration of numerous scrolls, which tell the visual stories around our heroine.
Lu has a M.F.A. in Digital Art and Digital Imaging from the Pratt Institute and a B.A in Animation from the China Academy of Art.
Todd Dayton is a Bay Area-based filmmaker whose award-winning work has aired on HBO, Showtime, PBS, MSNBC, Bravo, and many other networks. He has edited and produced both independent and television documentaries, garnering awards from film festivals and broadcast recognition from the CINE Masters’ Series and the Chris Awards. He received a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.