LOS ANGELES, Calif. (A.W.)—Lost and Found in Armenia, an all-Armenian-financed major motion picture, is scheduled to be released in the U.S. in December. The first production of Red Tie Films, a Glendale-based independent production company, this romantic comedy is directed by Gor Kirakosian and produced by Maral Djerejian and Valerie McCaffrey.
Jamie Kennedy of Malibu’s Most Wanted and the Scream trilogy, and Angela Sarafyan of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, A Beautiful Life, and The Informers, play the lead roles.
Shot primarily over the summer in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Armenia, Lost and Found is the story of an American named Bill who vacations in Turkey to try and recover from a recent breakup. A bungled parasailing trip lands him in a small Armenian town where he’s mistaken for a Turkish spy by its residents and labeled as missing, and soon finds himself falling for an Armenian woman. In the film, Bill is the son of a U.S. Senator. Well-known Armenian American lawyer Mark Geragos makes an appearance, negotiating with Turkey on behalf of the Senator and his son.
“There is an effort going on to establish a professional film business there as a way to get people outside the country to think of Armenia,” McCaffrey told the Public Radio of Armenia. “This will be the first production where we are having American and Armenian actors together. I hope this helps put Armenia on the map so more people know where it is.”
McCaffrey, whose maiden name is Boolootian, grew up in a large Armenian family in Fresno. She has worked as a casting director and producer for television and film for 30 years. Some of her projects include Soul Assassin, American History X, Babe, and Problem Child.
Yerevan-born Kirakosian co-wrote and directed the film Big Story in a Small City, which was widely acclaimed at numerous film festivals. He has also directed music videos and commercials for the Armenian entertainment market, which have aired worldwide.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA7-si38lGs
Djerejian, who was raised in Beirut, has worked on such films as Sideways, The Right to Remain Silent, and Bob, Verushka & the Pursuit of Happiness.
Lost and Found in Armenia will initially be released in the U.S. and in Armenia, before the director and producer hope to release it to Asian audiences. Creators hope the film will be the Foreign Language entry from Armenia for the next Academy Awards.