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Blue Hour DVD Release Gala Banquet
Press Release

The Pasadena Hamazkayin Chapter “Shahan Shanour” will be hosting the DVD Release Gala Banquet on Sunday, March 29, at 6:00 p.m., in honor of the film The Blue Hour, written and directed by Eric Nazarian, at the Pasadena Armenian Center.

Revered author and journalist, Mark Arax, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

The Blue Hour made its international debut in 2007 at the San Sebastian International Film Festival where Nazarian was nominated for the Altadis-New Directors Award, the biggest film festival prize in the world for a first-time director. At the Torino Film Festival, The Blue Hour was voted “FILM OF THE DAY” by the European Network of Young Cinema. Nazarian received the Best Director from the AFFMA (Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art) International Film Festival. The film also bagged four wins at the Golden Apricot Film Festival, including Best Film Armenian Panorama and the Prime Minister’s Award.

Nazarian, a graduate from USC’s School of Cinema-Television, created the film to reflect the diverse community neighboring the concrete Los Angeles River, next to where he had been raised after emigrating from Armenia to the United States.

While comparing Los Angeles to the Tower of Babel, Nazarian wanted to capture the melting pot it has turned into and show the world how we are connected as a society.

The Brooklyn Film Festival rants, “Nazarian is a patient director, with a painter’s eye for composition.”

Silence speaks louder than words in The Blue Hour as emotions unveil with minimal dialogue. With a series of flashbacks, the film follows four families ofdiverse backgrounds that live near the L.A. River, , who share discrete connections as they are consumed with their own day to day issues and are,however, unaware of one another although they cross paths.

Paralleling the film's exhibition of diversity in the Los Angeles area, the cast is equally as diverse and notable with new and familiar faces. Recognizable actor, Alyssa Milano of the television series, Charmed, plays the role of Allegra, the wife of camera repairman, Avo, played by Yorik Van Wageningen, who are grieving the death of their daughter, Heidi, by not speaking with each other. Van Wageningen has starred in several films including: The Chronicles of Riddick, The New World and Beyond Borders.

Played by Hollywood veteran, Clarence Williams III, the role of Ridley is a Blues Singer who cares for his ailing mother. Williams is accredited with having roles in American Gangster, Miami Vice, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Derrick O’Connor plays the role of Humphrey, a widower who had recently lost his wife. The Irish film veteran is accredited with acting in several films from England, Ireland and the United States including End of Days, in which he played alongside Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger.

The young female graffiti muralist, Happy, is played by Emily Rios from the Sundance film, Quincenera. Her name however, contradicts her emotions as she attempts to escape from her rough home life situation by turning to graffiti art.

To attend the DVD Release Gala and Banquet for The Blue Hour, please visit to purchase tickets. Tickets are $50 per donation and proceeds will go toward further funding for the arts. For additional information about this Hamazkayin-sponsored event, please call (818) 935-3555. Further information may also be found at

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