Interview with Filmmaker Garo Berberian (TANIEL)

TANIEL was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the November 2021 BLACK Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

(Garo Berberian Dir) My Grandparents’ families suffered greatly during the Armenian Genocide, and I wanted to create a film that reflected on their situation from another point of view. Taniel Varoujan, a school teacher, a poet, his words and thoughts and sadly his murder reflect the ghastly nature of the tragedies like this, prophesied in his deep and reflective poetry.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

Around 2 years

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Reflective, Poetic

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Being very ambitious with locations, cast and crew but it was worth the hard work.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

We were very touched to see the reviews, it was a wonderful to see such articulate and descriptive thoughts by your reviewers.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

Watching all the many Re runs of film Noir films as a young boy played on the BBC. I initially followed that yearning into photography and then film after starting a career in television.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Technically Taniel because of all the screenings  but in choice The Color of Pomegranates by Sergei Parajanov.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

I think what you provide is a really different and highly beneficial aspect for filmmakers, Q and As aside we rarely have the opportunity to see feedback recorded.

9. What is your favorite meal?

My dad’s Spaghetti

10. What is next for you? A new film?

We are working on two projects:

A feature documentary that we have been working on for 5 years about a female House music DJ Sam Divine which we hope to finish spring 2022

We are currently developing the screenplay of Iris Murdoch’s the Italian Girl and will be looking for funding in Spring 2022


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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