Established in 2004, Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy’s production company Parts and Labor is dedicated to director-driven, collaborative filmmaking. Integral to the company’s consistency is an unwavering dedication to each project, a true respect for the process and a love of film.
In October 2008, Parts and Labor signed a First-Look / Development deal with producer Scott Rudin (Miramax / Disney). At the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, Variety singled out Knudsen and Van Hoy in their list of “10 Producers to Watch”. In 2006, the two were included in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and Paste Magazine’s Top 10 list of “Arthouse Powerhouse Producers.”
Knudsen and Van Hoy produced Kelly Reichardt’s acclaimed feature OLD JOY, Cam Archer’s WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN, Steve Collins’ GRETCHEN and Spencer Parsons’ I’LL COME RUNNING. Two recent projects, Nik Fackler’s LOVELY, STILL and So Yong Kim’s TREELESS MOUNTAIN, premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. Both will be released theatrically in 2009.
Upcoming films include Cruz Angeles’ DON’T LET ME DROWN, which will premiere in Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Currently in post: David Barker’s UNTITLED, Cam Archer’s SHIT YEAR and Bradley Rust Gray’s EXPLODING GIRL. In development are new films by Cam Archer, So Yong Kim, Nik Fackler, Spencer Parsons, and Bradley Rust Gray and debuts by Steve Doughton (SPRUNG), Andrew Dosunmu (MOTHER OF GEORGE), Matt Ross (FRANK & LOLA) and James Clauer (WAYWARD HO!). Now nearing production are new features by Julia Loktev (THE LONELIEST PLANET), Aaron Katz (COLD WEATHER), Mike Mills (UNTITLED), and Braden King (HERE).
Originally from Lake Tahoe, California, Co-Producer Jeff Kalousdian has lived and worked in Armenia since 1992. He brings 15 years of Armenian operational know-how and extensive cultural and social insight to HERE.
Kalousdian’s work has drawn him to some of the world’s most volatile and challenging areas, including Kosovo, Abkhazia and Nagorno Karabagh. Specializing in economic development and international relations, Kalousdian has managed post-conflict recovery and economic development projects in Armenia, Georgia, Serbia and Macedonia. Sponsors behind these programs include the United Nations, European Union and the U.S. Government.
In Armenia and Karabagh, Kalousdian has managed multi-million dollar development programs and advised the United Nations, Red Cross, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Save the Children, Open Society Institute, Danish International Development Agency and the Armenian Government. In 2006, Kalousdian helped pioneer the Directors Across Borders program at Yerevan’s Golden Apricot Film Festival. DAB works to build regional peace and tolerance by supporting cross-border film production.
Kalousdian currently divides his time between the U.S. and Armenia.
Executive producer Julia King is a New York-based independent film producer who works in documentary and feature films. She co-produced AMERICAN SPLENDOR, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and produced by Ted Hope in association with HBO Films. AMERICAN SPLENDOR won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, the FIRPRISI International Critics Prize at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
King also produced the feature length documentary THE YOUNG AND THE DEAD, a portrait of a Los Angeles cemetery and its youthful owner that premiered at the Venice Film Festival, screened at the Telluride Film Festival and aired on HBO in 2000, and HELLO HE LIED, AND OTHER TRUTHS FROM THE HOLLYWOOD TRENCHES, a lighthearted, yet in-depth look at producers working in Hollywood that aired on American Movie Classics in 2001.
Most recently, King produced WANDERLUST, a feature-length documentary about road movies for the Independent Film Channel and THE CARETAKERS, a 20-minute narrative film directed by Elisabeth Subrin and Executive Produced by Scott Macaulay. THE CARETAKERS premiered at the 2006 New York Film Festival.
Four years after moving to Los Angeles, Executive Producer Zoe Kevork has already worked in various capacities for Kevin Spacey’s Triggerstreet Productions, Val Kilmer, Fred Roos and Francis Ford Coppola.
As an attorney, Kevork has split her career between Toronto and Los Angeles, having practiced as an international trade attorney for the Ontario government and, more recently, focusing on entertainment law.
She has been invited to present at the ACSUS conference on the North American monetary union, has been to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), has coached at Notre Dame University Law School and she also judged the Jessup International Law Moot Competition.
Besides maintaining her legal practice, Zoe is on the Board of Trustees of the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) and is a concert producer / promoter as the founder of Infinite Echo Entertainment.