(MTCOM essays are written by director Shiva Rodriguez)
Garo is a Co-Producer for Predatory Moon, lending the production his experience and skills in marketing, distribution, and getting the production put together.
I first met Garo in 2011 when he hired me to do the practical FX gags for his film Dangerous People. I didn’t really get a chance to get to know him until a month or so later when he asked me to come back because he had to re-shoot most of his film due to a couple of problems that were real doozies. That’s what really got my attention. Here was a Director-Producer who had spent most of his budget shooting the film once and was faced with his project completely collapsing, but he had the determination to get out and film it a second time.
This was a guy that I figured I could learn a thing or two from, and ever since then I’ve learned quite a lot from him. In fact, he tries to make sure that I avoid making mistakes as a fledgling director by offering his advice and suggestions every step of the way. He also seems to have this uncanny habit of getting in touch with me right when I’m about to pull my hair out over something and talk me down off of a virtual ledge.
He has been involved in film distribution since the age of 18 when he began acquiring and distributing Asian action films. He began his own film series at the Coolidge Corner Theater and was awarded with two Boston Film Critic Awards for Film Programming. He also worked for Quentin Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder Films by researching and acquiring the original Hong Kong marketing materials for films such as Fists of Legend and Chung King Express to be used to create a US marketing campaign.
Garo co-wrote, produced, and co-starred in the low-budget film Actress Apocalypse which was carried by major retailers. He is currently living in Boston and is in post-production on Dangerous People.