Honorary Guest, Judge, Panelist
 Deran Sarafian

DERAN SARAFIAN – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/ DIRECTOR

Sarafian began his filmmaking career attending UCLA and working for Roger Corman on films such as ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL.

Inspired by his European filmmakers, Deran moved to Rome. He began writing and quickly sold and directed his first low budget independent feature film THE FALLING, starring Dennis Christopher and Lynn-Holly Johnson.

Sarafian moved back to the states, where he continued to direct genre thrillers including GUNMEN, TO DIE FOR, DEATH WARRANT, and BACK IN THE USSR starring Roman Polanski.  The critical success of these films led to his first Hollywood blockbuster feature, TERMINAL VELOCITY, starring Charlie Sheen, Natassja Kinski, and James Gandolfini.

By the end of the 1990’s Sarafian transitioned into television.  He has since become one of the most prolific producer / directors working in television today, and has won the prestigious American Film Institute award for directing television.

Sarafian has directed and produced network pilots as well as one hundred plus episodes of critically acclaimed series including the CSI franchise, LOST, STAR-CROSSED and RUSH.

 

In 2007, Sarafian found a new home on HOUSE starring Hugh Laurie where he co-executive produced over forty episodes, and directed twenty-three of the first one hundred episodes.  For his work on the series, Sarafian has been nominated for two Primetime Emmys, and has won two People’s Choice Awards in 2008 and 2009.

In 2012 Sarafian teamed up with DOMINION Producer, Terry Gould, as executive producer / director for HEMLOCK GROVE, a new 13 episode original series produced for Netflix.

Sarafian’s most recent directing credits include the television series: HELL ON WHEELS, CROSSBONES, LEGENDS, THE STRAIN and THE RETURNED.

Upcoming Events

Feb
6
Tue
2018
5:30 pm Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe
Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tune Up Tuesday @ Hotel Santa Fe | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Join New Mexico Film Industry Tune Up Tuesday kick off event at Hotel Santa Fe in the Kiva ballroom. A special Guest to be announced!
Feb
9
Fri
2018
12:00 pm Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe
Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Acting Workshop with Leading Coach @ Hotel Santa Fe | Nuevo Laredo | Tamaulipas | Mexico
Anyone can be taught to deliver a believable performance on camera, but not everyone can move an audience. In this intensive lecture and workshop award-winning film director Graham Cantwell will outline a system of working for the screen...
4:00 pm Women of a Certain Age in Film a... @ Hotel Santa Fe
Women of a Certain Age in Film a... @ Hotel Santa Fe
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Women of a Certain Age in Film and TV Panel @ Hotel Santa Fe | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE PANEL What are the growing opportunities for women over 50 in the Film and Television market? As more films are being written and directed by women, are the roles for older women becoming...
Feb
10
Sat
2018
11:30 am Panel: Empowering Women in the N... @ Center for Contemporary Arts
Panel: Empowering Women in the N... @ Center for Contemporary Arts
Feb 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Panel: Empowering Women in the New Mexico Film Industry @ Center for Contemporary Arts | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Featuring Mentors, Mentees, and Judges from the New Mexico Girls Make Movies (NMGMM) program, this panel will focus on women starting out in the film industry or looking to move to next level. From networking and competitions to...
1:30 pm Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen
Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen
Feb 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Conversation with Melanie Mayron @ The Screen | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
Join Melanie Mayron will join SFFF Programmer Aaron Leventman for a discussion of her career followed by a conversation with the audience. Melanie Mayron  best known for her Emmy-winning role on TV’s Thirtysomething will be honored at the Santa Fe...