Writer | Director | Storyteller
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Jon Sahagian is an Armenian-American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles. A graduate of USC, he has created more than 20 short films that have debuted at over 70 domestic and international film festivals. Jon loves to tells stories imbued with meaning, heart, and comedy; he is most interested in using film to tackle humanity's greatest questions, but through stories that are fun and adventurous.
Before starting his filmmaking career, Sahagian earned his BA in journalism from UC Irvine where he wrote award-winning articles on topics ranging from the sciences to humanity and philosophy. It was as an undergrad that Sahagian realized the power film has to influence the world, and so he decided to utilize his writing background to pursue an MFA at USC, directing several award-winning shorts, and eventually writing and directing the school's largest project, which premiered at SXSW. Jon also spent two summers in Tokyo training under a director from Japanís Studio Ghibli, and this Japanese influence often bleeds into Jon's films.
Jon has also run a behemoth Pokemon website since he was 14, which sees over 500,000 visitors a week and has a staff of 90 people. Jon continues to run PokeBeach
to this day, writing and editing articles daily going on 17 years. His dream is to one day make a live action Pokemon movie.
Latest Film: The Star of Eros
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A young woman and her robot companion will go to any lengths to bring her broken family together to see the legendary Eros Comet... even if that means kidnapping them. (25 minutes.)
- Awarded "Panavision New Filmmaker Grant."
- May 2019: Film completed, nominated by an industry panel for best family film in USC's "First Look Festival."
- May 2019: Invited by a major Hollywood studio to discuss turning the film into a feature after they saw it at USC.
- June 2019: Official festival premiere at "Dances with Films." (We were also accepted into LA Shorts, but were disqualified due to accepting the DWF premiere first.)
- September 2019: Official selection at "Catalina Film Festival."
- October 2019: Specially invited by Beijing's "ISFVF" festival to screen our film in their festival, flown out to China, won the award for Outstanding International Film.
- November 2019: Official selection at "ARPA International Film Festival."
- November 2019: Official selection at "HollyShorts."
- January 2020: Official selection at "Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival."
- June 2020: Official selection at "Omeleto," streamed on their YouTube channel.
- My mom said she loved it, and she hates everything.
Next Project: Feature Film
A sci-fi / adventure / drama film about a woman who fell from the moon during the 1920s... and the consequences of denying ourselves our humanity. Details to be announced at a later date.