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Sev Ohanian, M.F.A

Part-Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Film & Television Production

Sev Ohanian is a 28-year-old filmmaker native to Los Angeles. At the age of 20, he produced and self-distributed My Big Fat Armenian Family, a no-budget indie feature film that became extremely popular with Armenian audiences around the world. Shortly after, he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program - using the profits from his film to pay for tuition.

Since graduating in 2012, he has been a producer on 9 feature films. His first feature was as the Co-Producer on Fruitvale Station, written & directed by Ryan Coogler, starring Michael B. Jordan & Octavia Spencer. Fruitvale Station premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. The film was released by The Weinstein Company in theaters everywhere 2013. Sev helped produced The Labyrinth, Memoria, and Yosemite for James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions. In 2013, he was a producer on Where Hope Grows, a feature film shot in Kentucky, released theatrically by Roadside Attractions in 2015. He was an Executive Producer on the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Film Results, shot in Texas, and released by Magnolia Pictures. Sev also produced Tenured, a feature film for Fox Digital Studios, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. He Executive Produced a high profile Chinese co-production, the Untitled Papa Project to be released in China in late 2015. Finally, he recently produced Clea DuVall’s directorial debut, to premiere in 2016.

In 2014, Sev was recognized by The Wrap in their annual list of 11 Innovators Changing Hollywood, alongside Angelina Jolie, Jimmy Fallon and other industry names. In 2013, he was awarded the annual Breakthrough Filmmaker Award by the Arpa International Film Festival. He’s been a part-time faculty member teaching producing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts since January 2014