Randy Bell

director, producer, cinematographer


Randy Bell is a Washington, DC-based independent filmmaker. His documentary films, which explore subjects as diverse as American popular music, mid-century European modernist architecture, and the AIDS orphan crisis in Kenya, have won awards from the Cleveland International Film Festival, the New England Film and Video Festival, and the Ivy Film Festival. They have been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the African Studies Association, and Harvard University. And they have screened on television, at film festivals, independent movie theaters, and universities internationally.


Randy has received major grant support for filmmaking from NYSCA, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Flora Family Foundation, the Wellspring Foundation, the Pannonia Foundation, the Strauss Foundation, and the O'Reilly Foundation. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 2000, and his Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2010.




Eric V. Hachikian

director, producer, composer

Eric Hachikian is an Amenian-American composer whose music has been hailed by the New York Times as "lovely and original." His compositions and orchestrations can be heard in a variety of major motion pictures, network television shows, and national ad campaigns. They have been performed Off-Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, and at Boston's Symphony Hall. A classically-trained composer, as well as self-taught DJ and perpetual student of world music, Eric's musical style has no boundries, and his multi-genre interests result in a unique and personal sound.

Eric studied Nadia Boulanger's methods in Paris, France, and has also studied composition and audio engineering at the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals, as well as at Northwestern University and Oberlin Conservatory. He received his Bachelor of Music with highest honors from the University of Michigan, and his Master of Arts from New York University. Also a performer, Eric plays the piano and tuba, is a classically-trained vocalist, and an accomplished conductor.


Sibel Maksudyan

translator and guide

Sibel Maksudyan was born and raised in Istanbul. She received her M.A. degree in visual arts from Sabanci University. She has been working on interdisciplinary projects where sociology, anthropology, oral history and audio-visuality meet. Sibel also teaches part-time at Sabanci University, and loves to travel.

Emily O'Brien


Emily O’Brien is a New York City based film and television editor originally from Roanoke, Virginia. She studied at Roanoke College, Hollins University, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina School of Filmmaking with a concentration in Editing and Sound Design. Since her move to New York City she has most enjoyed working in documentary film. Her latest work can be seen on The Sundance Channel and The Learning Channel.

Zachary Taylor

sound mixer

Zachary Taylor is a musician, sound engineer, and editor currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of The DePauw University School of Music in Greencastle, Indiana and SAE Institute in San Francisco, he is a multi-instrumentalist who equally enjoys being on both sides of the control room window. Most recently he has worked as an Assistant Recording Engineer in Atlanta's renowned ZAC studios and was Assistant Engineer for Twisted Tools sample pack Glitchmachines: Elements. Zack is tremendously proud to be a part of Voyage to Amasia.