As a child, award-winning filmmaker Robert Nazar Arjoyan was consumed by rock & roll and feature films, especially those directed by Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. He began playing guitar at the age of 10, and started taking his filmmaking to a professional level at the age of 14, in the early 2000s. For his higher education, he studied cinema at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and since then has worked as a writer, producer, director, and editor of shorts, commercials, and features in Los Angeles.
His feature directorial debut, When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin, has played the world over in festivals, garnering awards and praise everywhere it screened, and is on track for distribution. A focused character piece, the film chronicles the life and tribulations of the glamorously eccentric and enigmatic Theremin master Armen Ra, who alchemizes his ancient sorrow into timeless beauty with the magical power of music.
His desire is to continue to work with stories that showcase fantastic character, working alongside actors to help shape dynamic performances, and ultimately, unforgettable films. Check out his site here.
Sean McCall - Director of Marketing and Operations
Sean McCall is a current senior at the University of Southern California where he is double majoring in Cognitive Science and Business Administration. Following graduation, he will be working on the Adobe Sales Academy team at their offices in San Francisco. He has experience in brand consulting, advertising sales, retail sales, web design, and consumer marketing. When he’s not studying or working, Sean enjoys photography, Boston sports, writing, watching movies, and spending time with his family and friends. His junior year, he studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, and had many life changing experiences including white water rafting down the Zambezi river, bungee jumping off a 720 foot bridge, swimming with crocodiles, and making some of the best friends he's ever had. He also learned to appreciate the opportunity of global outreach to improve the quality of living for the incredibly smart, gifted, spirited, and good natured people of Africa. He's excited to be part of such an incredible opportunity as the Pamoja Project.
Kallan Benjamin - Associate Producer
Kallan Benjamin grew up outside of Chicago and recently relocated to Los Angeles. She graduated from Wesleyan University, where she majored in film studies. Kallan loved being involved in all aspects of production as a film student, and has brought that broad interest to her work outside of school, where she has interned for The Discovery Channel, and worked in production for feature film, television, and music videos. She is very interested in the way both narrative and documentary films can broaden people’s perspectives by exposing them to subjects and ideas they might not have encountered elsewhere. She also interned for The Source 001, an ethical luxury fashion label that supports women’s cooperatives worldwide, and for NeighborSpace Chicago, a nonprofit urban land trust. She created videos for both organizations, inspiring her interest in the potential of film for social action. Check out her work here.
Jessie Duke - Production Manager
Jessie is now a second year student at the University of Southern California, studying Cinematic Arts Critical Studies. Her passion is in understanding how to use to film to reflect society and shape cultural views and norms. She is especially interested in gender portrayals in film and television, as well as the way medical and health issues are communicated and understood, having faced significant undiagnosed health challenges for eight months, culminating in a diagnosis of a manageable but life-altering chronic disease. She is enraptured by raw emotions and real experiences, and believes that those are what allow humans to connect on a deeper level. She strives to incorporate Buddhist philosophies of connection, presence, and enlightenment as the foundation of her work. Her film experience includes 150+ hours of on set experience, as well as internships in both New York and LA in development, casting, and post-production. As the Historian for USC's Undergraduate Student Government, she films and edits videos to encourage student advocacy and campus change. She is currently a Residential Advisor on a cinema-themed floor, where she actively engages her first year residents on how to use the medium of film for social change. She hopes to work in producing and development to create entertainment with a socially conscious mind that taps into the simple and beautiful elements of everyday life.
Cooper Nelson - Production Coordinator
Cooper Nelson is a sophomore at USC School of Cinematic Arts, majoring in Critical Studies with a minor in Screenwriting. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she became interested in film while studying Theater at the Marin School of the Arts. Television is Cooper's favorite medium for storytelling, and she hopes to eventually develop, write, and produce TV shows that excite and inspire their fans. She's passionate about making media that's inclusive and representative of real audiences, in all their diversity and nuance. Her interest in the effects of media on our lives and beliefs led her to the Media Institute for Social Change, with which she hopes to do independent research, and to the Pamoja Project. Cooper feels strongly about education - in high school she began a weekly writer's workshop at a local elementary school, and as Philanthropy Chair for USC Pi Beta Phi, she's in charge of the sorority's Champions are Readers program, which works with local first graders weekly to inspire them to enjoy reading and writing. Her love of surfing and marine life led her to create a beach conservation club at her high school, dubbed the NorCal club, that raised $800 to donate to the Surfrider Foundation's efforts in the north Bay Area. As a marketing intern for the California Film Institute, and later a development intern at Indigo Films, Cooper learned more about what it takes to be creative and sell creative work in the entertainment industry. She hopes that whatever path she takes, she’ll be able to tell stories that people both want - and need - to hear.