Joseph Hovsepian was born in 1973 in Iran. He started with event filming and editing at
the age of 17. After dedicating three years of full time
involvement in the Audio-Visual department of the AG central church in
Iran, he found his interest and challenge in the field of
cinema. After his father’s (Rev. Haik Hovsepian) martyrdom in
1994 in Iran, he focused his films on spiritual themes. As he
says, “It was through my father’s encouragement that I’ve been
able to fulfill my goals toward my career of sharing the message
of hope through media.” Joseph studied Film & Cinema at
Guildford Art School in England and since 1998 has started working
full time producing and directing.
Soon after immigrating to CA in 2000, he founded the JFA
productions (Joseph Film & Animation, LLC) and ever since has
produced remarkable work for TV and Satellite stations, as
well as his independent projects.
Joseph's work include:
The Tune of
- Winner of "Best Foreign Movie" at WYSIWYG San Francisco film
festival. Distributed in select theaters across America. A 105
minute feature portraying the journey of a refugee leaving Iran,
looking for a refuge.
* The Prodigal Son (2001) - A short musical film,
about a loving father.
* Crossing the Border of the Night (1998) - A feature
drama. Mass distributed and screened at the Commonwealth
Institute in London; also aired on SAT-7 & CBN channels.
* Several other short films and music videos aired on ITV-UK
Channels and various other satellites.
Andre Hovsepian was born in 1984 in Iran. His passion for film and media started from
an early age. He had the chance to pursue his career in film
when his family immigrated to the United States in 1999. After
graduating high school, he began his studies in Film at Pasadena
City College. By the time he was 22 years old, he had
already produced numerous successful music videos, youth related
programs, short documentaries, and assisted his older
brother Joseph in the making of his feature film, The Tune of
Nostalgia. Andre believes that talents are God given; therefore
his array of work usually focuses on moral values. In 2004, he
joined the JFA Productions, and soon after started working on
his father's story. According to him, "This is the most significant
project I will probably ever work on, because it is the story
of my role model and my inspiration."
The idea of making this documentary first occurred to me in
1995, a year after my
father's martyrdom. But I was not sure if emotionally I was
ready to start such a huge undertaking. Nevertheless, I didn't
stop filming clips that may have been important in the future.
In 1999, four years later, when I was more confident in my
filming skills and still had the great passion for this project,
I started filming interviews and collecting archive footages in
Iran. Interestingly, the majority of archive footages had been
shot by myself when I was 17, not predicting one day they could
become so important.
The production process of this documentary was stretched due to
lack of budget and my family's immigration to U.S. In 2004, my
younger brother Andre came on board and we were able to make
short promos to raise funds with the materials and footage we
already had. Soon after in 2005, God brought Open Doors
International in our way, and they decided to sponsor this
The story in its draft format was sent to
in UK to
write the final script. After several script revisions, we were
able to start filming the official interviews. Over 40
interviews and numerous re-enactment scenes were completed by
our small production crew traveling to Turkey, England, and
across the United states. Some contract based filming was also
done in Iran and Armenia.