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Leah Bedrosian Peterson

Leah Bedrosian Peterson


B.F.A., Pratt Institute
M.F.A., The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4340
Campus Post Office Box 169

Film and Video Arts: Department Chair, Professor, Program Director

Bedrosian Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose creative work addresses the overlap of identity, culture, and desire; ideas that she navigates through hybrid modes of visual storytelling. She has exhibited and screened both nationally and internationally, most recently in New York City, NY; Sydney, Australia; Yerevan, Armenia, Geneva, Switzerland; Triberg, Germany; Toronto, Canada; Tuscon, Arizona; Hollywood, Calif.; Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago; Philadelphia; Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Medellin, Columbia.

Bedrosian Peterson’s most recent film, Under the Walnut Tree (UTWT), is a stop motion animation that references the true story of a refugee, Shahan Natalie, as he navigated the world alone at the tender age of 11 after witnessing the destruction of his community during the Hamidian Massacres (the precursor to the Armenian Genocide).

UTWT has received substantial recognition at multiple national film festivals including being awarded the “Director’s Choice Award” at the Black Maria Film Festival, nominated for the “Women Film Critic Choice Award” at the Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, nominated for the “Best Short Animation” by the Arpa International Film Festival held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and winning first place as “The Audience Favorite” at the Florida Animation Festival.  UTWT was also an Official Selection at the Arizona International Film Festival, The Armenian Film Festival Australia, KIN International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Alexandria Film Festival, The Rockport Film Festival, The Montana International Film Festival, The Pomegranate Film Festival, The University Film and Video Association Festival, The SPE Media Festival, and at The Atlanta ShortsFest/Atlanta Film Series. In addition, UTWT was chosen as a semi-finalist at the Oscar qualifying festival, Animayo, held in Gran Carania, Spain, as finalist at the DaVinci International Film Festival, and as semi-finalist in the Los Angeles CineFest. “Under the Walnut Tree” was also recently exhibition at The Arlington Center for the Arts in Arlington, MA, in their show titled, I’m New Here: Perspectives on Migration.

Most recently “Under the Walnut Tree”(UTWT) was nominated for the Women Film Critics Circle Award (WFCC) which is part of the Socially Relevant Film Festival New York (SRFF), where UTWT was an Official Selection. The WFCC acted as an outside jury to choose and nominate only ten female filmmakers who are screening at the SRFF for this prestigious award. The WFCC is made up of 75 women film critics and scholars from around the country and internationally, who are involved in print, newswire, radio, online and TV broadcast media. Founded in 2004, they are the first women critics organization in the United States and represent media outlets such as, NBC Today Show, iHeartRadio, The New York Post, Variety Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine,  Huffington Post, The Film Prospector, Toronto Star, NY Observer, Indiewire, Houston Chronicle,  San Francisco Chronicle, Interview Magazine,, MovieMaker Magazine, New York Press, Vogue Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Bomb Magazine, LA Weekly, The Daily Beast, British Foreign Press Association, British Cosmo, Time Out Moscow,, Fox News, CNN,, and many more.

Her photographic work from the project, Erasure, was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of “Heritage of the World" (Das Eber Welt), Germany, distributed with “National Geographic.” (pgs 108-112). Erasure was also featured on, the website for “Hunger Magazine,” published in London, UK and was a finalist for a print feature.