"Crows Of The Desert" Connecticut Premiere

11:45am Thursday May 4 - Gateway CC

Human Rights & Social Justice Series

CROWS OF THE DESERT – A HERO’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE Directed by: Marta Houskeis - is a documentary based on the memoirs of Levon Yotnakhparian. The film recounts the incredible true story of one man’s desperate struggle to not only stay alive but to help save his people from near extinction in the 20th Century’s first genocide. World War I was raging in the Middle East, as the British fought side by side with the Arabs against the Ottoman Empire. In the midst of the chaos, Levon would lead a small expeditionary group on a daring mission to rescue the scattered, destitute survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Along the way, they would risk their lives countless times, endure unimaginable hardships, and cross paths with some of history's most legendary figures – like Prince Faisal and Lawrence of Arabia. Extraordinarily rare film footage, as well as recently discovered documents, have been recovered from around the world to reveal the terror and heroism which took place a century ago in the Syrian Desert.

"Crows of the Desert" Trailer from Matrix Communications on Vimeo.

Director Bio:
Ms. Marta Houske has produced, directed and written in the television industry for over twenty five years, working on hundreds of productions. She is a twice nominated Emmy Award winner for her writing, directing and producing, and has won dozens of national awards recognizing the excellence and effectiveness of her work including a New York Festivals World Gold Medal and two CINE Golden Eagles.

Houske’s career began on the classic tv series “In Search Of ...” hosted by Leonard Nimoy. She also served as one of the Production Executives who launched the early cable network CHN (now called the Lifetime network), and worked in Research & Development as well as wrote with Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry. She holds a Degree in Communications - Filmaking from U.C.S.D. (Magna cum Laude, Revelle.).

Houske has also worked with: Anthony Quinn, Tony Curtis, Steve Allen, Della Reese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tova & Ernest Borgnine, Christina Pickles, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Nichelle Nichols, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Joseph Campanella, Annette Warren & Paul Smith and many talented others.

Member, Directors Guild of America
Member, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Past Member, American Society of Magazine Photographers.
Served on EMMY Award judging panels, multiple times
Directors Guild of America, Certificate of Appreciation
Directors Guild of America, Mentor Program
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Honor of Service

05.04.17 - 11:45 am
1 hour
Gateway Community College