When Tarkovsky annotated his child’s drawing for Parajanov who inscribed it for Vartanov’s son Martiros — Boy with a Movie Camera — an adventure began.
He moved to Hollywood and made his first film, The Last Film (released by Criterion). Vartanov’s new film will be based on his book Boy with a Movie Camera.
After working on the restoration of the masterpiece The Color of Pomegranates, he’s now restoring the film Parajanov: The Last Spring with UCLA, thanks to Grammy-winning rock band System of a Down and Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola.
Vartanov also curates DOC LA, Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival, organized by the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute in Hollywood, and presents its annual awards whose honorees include such luminaries as Martin Scorsese and Emma Thompson.