0930 Hours

Compassion and chance encounter makes difference in homeless veteran's life..

  • Hamlet Sarkissian and Donatella Gomelsky-
    Director
    Camera Obscura (feature film)
  • Hamlet Sarkissian and Donatella Gomelsky-Guichard
    Writer
    Camera Obscura
  • Hamlet Sarkissian and Donatella Gomelsky-Guichard
    Producer
    Camera Obscura
  • David O'Hara and Whitney Morgan Cox
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 27, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Hamlet Sarkissian and Donatella Gomelsky-

BIOGRAPHY
Hamlet Sarkissian was born in the USSR into the family of prominent Soviet novelist-dissident Vache Sarkissian. After 18 years in KGB prisons and Gulag camps his father committed suicide in 1987. Hamlet studied Directing at the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography (1986-89). In 1989 the International Institute of Human Rights sponsored 25-year-old Hamlet and his family to immigrate to the Unites States for permanent residency. Hamlet continued his education, first at Columbia College Hollywood where his thesis film “Concrete Dream” was selected as part of the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum. He was awarded the foundation’s “Best Newcomer” award. Hamlet is an AFI graduate where he studied under Leslie Stevens (creator of “Outer Limits”). While in AFI, he directed Sam Shepard’s rock’n’roll play “Cowboy Mouth” starring David Boreanaz. Hamlet wrote and directed his first feature film: “Camera Obscura” in year 2000, starring Spain’s Ariadna Gil (“Belle Epoque”, “Pan’s Labyrinth”) and Adam Trese (“Laws of Gravity”). “Camera Obscura” was featured in more than 20 film festivals worldwide (SXSW, Tokyo, Valladolid, Sao Paolo, Cognac-France, Raindance-London and more). It has won best feature and best director awards at AFFMA. In addition, the film landed a prestigious spot on “Cahier du Cinemas” film-magazine’s top 10 best film noirs list by Francois Gueriff. Hamlet has written a film about the current Iraq war, titled “Hearts In the Sand”, thriller “Vacant Desert”, comedy series “Deep Research”. He was also commissioned by Hercules Bellville of RPC (Recorded Picture Company) in London to write a book about Soviet dissidents. “The Approaching Storm” - novella and the subsequent adaptation of the screenplay were completed recently.
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biography of Donatella Gomelsky-Guichard:

Donatella Gomelsky-Guichard is the daughter of legendary music producer Giorgio Gomelsky (Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Eric Calpton, Jeff Buckley, Bill Laswell and many more). Born in Paris, she studied communication and comparative literature in Sorbonne University. At the same time Donatella was a member of the renowned theater director Luc Charpentier’s theater group “Alambic” both as an actress-performer and as a playwright. She has both directed and performed in multiple plays, most notably “Les Amants dans la Rose” which she both wrote and produced. Donatella has moved to New York and continued her studies in NYU Film School, subsequently finalizing her education with the completion of a MFA from the American Film Institute. After AFI, Donatella worked as a development executive in Oliver Stone’s company, Illusion Entertainment. She assisted acclaimed French film producer, Rene Cleitman, (“Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Menage” with Gerard Depardieu, “Horseman on the Roof” with Juliette Binoche) in producing Nick Cassavetes’ “She’s So Lovely,” starring Sean Penn and Robin Wright. After her experience in film producing, Donatella went back to theater, and became part of the Milton Katselas’ theater group in LA. Donatella’s passion for writing culminated in completing her first novel “Sentimental Agony”, in 2014.

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Part of 3 short series titled Operation Never Give Up, in 0930 HOURS story is told through "montage on distance" where the gravitation between the emotionally charged frames is the main story and character development ingredient.