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 began playing guitar at the age of 10, and started taking his filmmaking to a professional level at the age of 14, in the early 2000s. For his higher education, he studied cinema at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and since then has worked as a writer, producer, and director of shorts, commercials, and features in Los Angeles. He typically chooses to picture edit his own projects, and often writes original music as score and diegetic music for his films.
After writing, producing, directing, and editing 3 shorts films – Pencils, Connect, MidNight FistFight – 5 commercials, and editing dozens of projects for other companies and filmmakers, Arjoyan was ready to move upwards.
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 his production company, Garuna Film Group, Inc., in 2017, going on to write, produce, direct, and edit its first project - 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 has screened at 30 film festivals worldwide, garnering 7 awards during its run - including 2 for Best Actress and 1 for Best Director.
Arjoyan's next directorial feature, Kill Rock & Roll, is a visceral story ripped from his own past, one that sets its sights on innocence lost, growing up unexpectedly, and the follies of idolatry. His desire is to continue to work with stories that showcase fantastic character, working alongside actors to help shape dynamic performances, and ultimately, unforgettable films.