NEW YORK — Vahan Bedelian, 31, arrived in New York City from Irvine, Calif., his first visit in 20 years. He was one of the 127 filmmakers attending the Tribeca Film Festival in early June. “The K-Town Killer” is his eighth short film, and the producer has many more projects ongoing.
The Tribeca Film Festival is an annual event founded by actor Robert De Niro in 2002, following the 9/11 attacks, with the aim of helping revitalize the New York City neighborhood. This year, 109 films were screened over 12 days.
When one exits the Canal Street subway station to reach the festival, one is surrounded by noisy buildings, but a short walk brings one to a much quieter area.
Vahan Bedelian, a filmmaker, as well as journalists, actors, and security guards, are bustling through the hallway.
“I’ve wanted to get into a festival like this for 12 years,” Bedelian said in an interview.
Bedelian is reserved, but his smile conveys his emotions. For this independent filmmaker, having his film shown at the Tribeca Film Festival is a significant achievement.