Armand Yervant Tufenkian is a first-generation Armenian-American filmmaker whose work focuses on concepts of relation, stories of place and placelessness, and the histories and practices of traditions between humans and their environment. His films place an emphasis on how the formal structures, methods and materials that create images merge with their subjects.
In 2014, his film in lightning Agnes, made at 10,000 ft in the Zirkel wilderness area of Colorado, was featured in the Fall edition of the Millennium Film Journal and Kathryn Ramey’s book Experimental Filmmaking.
He recently completed Accession, a film about letter correspondence between seed savers, which has premiered internationally at festivals such as the Viennale, Art of the Real at Lincoln Center, Mar del Plata, and Underdox.
His work has been funded by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Puffin Foundation, City of Chicago's Individual Artists Program, the Kathryn W. Davis Foundation, and others. He did undergraduate studies at Colby College, doctoral studies at Duke University in philosophy, poetics and film, and an MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. He lives near Los Angeles, where he is working on a new film titled In the Manner of Smoke.
Recent Screenings and Exhibitions
Viennale | October 2019
Mar del Plata Film Festival | November 2018
Underdox Film Festival | October 2018
Lithium Gallery | November 2018
David Perrin. "Art of the Real 2019." MUBI Notebook. 2019.
Jacob Zicheng Zhang. "An Archival Impulse, or Not: Accessioning." gallery no one. 2019.
Dustin Chang. "Art of the Real: A Celebration of Non-Narrative Filmmaking." ScreenAnarchy. 2019.
Lucía Salas. "Semillas del pasado/Seeds from the Past." Mar del Plata International Film Festival. 2018.
Neil Young. "Far from the shallow now: two highlights from Underdox." Modern Times Review. 2018.
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