K and L are cultural conservationists working in a not-so-distant future to preserve the artifacts and histories that are being systematically destroyed by a totalitarian government. When they are in a deadly car accident, time splinters into parallel realities, separating them. Each enters a reality where one dies while the other lives, and they embark on a search between worlds to find each other again.
K: Kamee Abrahamian
L: lee williams boudakian
Nyree: sidony o’neal
Director/Producer: Emily Mkrtichian
Director/Producer: Anahid Yahjian
Director of Photography: Moira Morel
Assitant Director: Aileen Sheedy
1st AC: Danielle Carroll
2nd AC/DIT: Sarah Lombardi
DIT: Jeanette Li
Script Supervisor: Andrea Juneau
Gaffer: Lauren Guiteras
Swing: Liz Haan
Key Grip: Desera Silva Frentes
Key Grip: Liz Haan
Key Grip: Ryan Fritz
Steadicam Operator: Harrisen Howes
Art Director: Camille Carpenter
Art Director: Ali Chavez-leeds
Costume Design/Fabrication: Angela Juarez
Production Assistant: Nora Colie
Production Assistant: Sharon Yamen
Sound recordist: Beatriz Alcaraz
Hair and Make Up: Kim Terreson
Location Scout: Emilia Quinton
Editor: Megan Pollin
CORE CREATIVE TEAM
lee williams boudakian
producer, writer, performer
lee williams boudakian (uses they, them, theirs pronouns) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, producer, facilitator, and consultant based in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories. lee’s work emerges from their experiences as a queer, trans, mixed race settler born into an immigrant family. Their work is critical and necessarily intersectional. lee is invested in art and storytelling that integrates ancestral and cultural herstories; grapples with our current worlds; and visions into futures that centre the lives and stories of those of us currently living on the fringe and in the margins. As of 2016, lee has been working under ShapeShift Arts and Kalik. Both of these projects house their creative collaborations and represent models for how they are currently building an arts practice for interdisciplinary collaborative work. (photo by the amazing k.ho)
director, producer, writer
Emily Mkrtichian is an American-Armenian filmmaker and writer. Her films touch on themes of memory, place and identity, and have travelled to film festivals around the world and been broadcast on major European TV channels.
Her accomplishments include directing reportage films aired on ARTE France/Germany; producing the award-winning short film 140 Drams (Camerimage, Clermont-Ferrand, Best Int’l short Izmir IFF 2013); the viral web documentary Levon: a Wondrous Life; and the short, visually stunning documentary Traversed, which has traveled to festivals in several countries. In 2016, she created an immersive multimedia installation after going on tour with jazz prodigy Tigran Hamasyan through Armenia and Turkey. The piece, Luys i Luso, has been exhibited in Yerevan, Munich, Los Angeles, New York, and Istanbul – and continues to travel. She is currently working on her first feature documentary about the women deminers of Nagorno-Karabagh. “Transmission” is her first narrative film.
producer, writer, performer
Kamee was born in an immigrant suburb to an Armenian family by way of the SWANA region; and currently lives on settler land. They arrive in the world today as a mother and an interdisciplinary creative, producer, and facilitator. They have a BFA/BA in film and political science (Concordia University), an MA in expressive art therapy (European Graduate Institute), and an MA in community, liberation, eco and indigenous psychologies (Pacifica Graduate Institute). The bedrock of Kamee’s artistic background is in classical ballet and dance, theatre, and visual art. Their work is primarily collaborative, spiralling in-to and out-of fragmented time/place/being through ancestral reclamation, diasporic futurism, and radical imaginaries. They have published both literary and academic work, internationally exhibited and presented visual and digital artwork, films and staged performances, curated art spaces and events, and facilitated workshops across Canada and USA. Most recently, Kamee has been working freelance under Saboteur Productions (founder) and collaboratively through Kalik Arts (co-founder).
director, producer, writer
Anahid Yahjian is an independent writer, director and producer of experimental, documentary and narrative cinema. After graduating with honors from Occidental College with a bachelor’s degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies and a minor in Film and Media Studies, she moved to Yerevan, Armenia, where she interned at Bars Media Documentary Film Studio (A Story of People in War and Peace, Tribeca 2007) and later became the creative director of ONEArmenia, a non-profit crowdfunding platform based out of New York City and Yerevan.
In addition to the award-winning short documentaries she directed as a student, she produced the internationally awarded narrative short, 140 Drams (Camerimage, Clermont-Ferrand 2013), contributed additional cinematography and conceived of the story behind the feature documentary Spiral (IDFA Bertha Fund 2015, GAIFF 2017), shot and co-directed the viral web documentary LEVON: A Wondrous Life (2013), shot and co-directed the experimental cine-triptych, Corpus Callosum (Experimental Forum 2016), and most recently worked as a post-production supervisor on the documentary television series Jungletown (Viceland 2017). Transmission is her first narrative work.
ABOUT WORLD OF Q
WORLD OF Q is a multi-phased collaborative filmmaking initiative featuring films and media art that all revolve around the central storyworld, with each film exploring a different dimension of the storyworld. We have devised a collaborative filmmaking process where all participants involved in the project build/bend the rules of the storyworld, where actors shape their characters, where cast and crew are agents in the process guiding its direction, and where all the folks involved in the project are of the communities represented in the films.
Special thanks to the Canada Arts Council supporting this project.
Production of Transmission is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.