Ara Madzounian is an independent producer, director and cinematographer based in Los Angeles with various projects to his credits in fiction, documentary, educational videos and television commercials. He holds a BA and MFA in Film & Television from UCLA.
Ara's works range from shorts to features. The Pink Elephant, his first film, won the Panavision award and has been shown in many international film festivals and television venues. His cinematography experience includes of several films. For eight years he has produced Armenia Fund Telethon, live global telecast. He has produced and directed projects for Czech Television and for Monterey Institute for International Studies. He has also produced educational videos for Los Angeles County Refugee Project. He made his screen-acting debut on ShowTime in Radio Inside, a feature film.
For several years, Ara lectured on Armenian cinema at the ARS Summer Studies Program at Amherst and Bradford colleges in Massachusetts. He has produced and directed over thirty television commercials and many corporate films. His latest feature cinematography work Meltdown was released in 2015. Ara is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution on a project that harnesses the power of storytelling to strengthen cultural heritage sustainability called My Armenia.