Photo by Zej Radke

Photo by Zej Radke


As a child, award-winning filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan was consumed by rock & roll and movies, especially those directed by Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. He studied cinema at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and since then has worked as a writer, producer, director, and editor in his native Los Angeles.

His feature directorial debut, When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin, has played the world over in festivals, garnering awards and praise everywhere it screened. A focused character piece, the film chronicles the life and tribulations of the glamorously eccentric and enigmatic Theremin master Armen Ra, who alchemizes his ancient sorrow into timeless beauty with the magical power of music.

Arjoyan founded Garuna Film Group in 2017, going on to create a short film entitled I Promised Her Life.  It tells the story of Elena, a grieving Armenian-American mother who, on the day of her daughter's funeral, defies a centuries-old ritual and tests the limits of tradition as she walks the thin line between death and afterlife.  The film screened at 30 film festivals worldwide, collecting 7 awards during its run - including 2 for Best Actress and 1 for Best Director. It was curated onto Omeleto and chosen as a Best Of.

As he develops his feature slate, Arjoyan produces content for the newly minted music label Fantastique Records. He desires to work with stories that showcase indelible characters, working alongside actors to help shape dynamic performances, and ultimately, unforgettable films.