M A R T I N P A P A Z I A N
D I R E C T O R / W R I T E R / A C T O R
“Martin Papazian is a rising star, who directs his own screenplay
with a careful eye on emotion and character." Jeffrey Lyons - LYONS DEN RADIO
“Writer-director-star Martin Papazian proves a solid triple threat in his feature scripting and directing
debut "Least Among Saints,"…Papazian brings Jason Patric-like intensity — as well as that actor's smoldering good looks — to his involving role. But it's his well-calibrated direction, resulting in uniformly strong performances, confident pacing and an impressive lack of knee-jerk sentimentality, that distinguishes this special piece.” - Los Angeles Times
"Watching “Least Among Saints”, it’s hard to believe that this is Papazian’s first feature as writer/director. He serves justice to every character, as sympathetic as they are flawed, that steps into his vision.” - Filmmaker Magazine
LEAST AMONG SAINTS marks MARTIN PAPAZIAN’S debut as a feature director and writer. This highly
acclaimed film centers on a combat veteran’s quest for redemption through his compassion and service
to an abandoned boy. The movie received General Electric’s prestigious healthymagination award, a
Prism Award Nomination for excellence in depiction of mental health, Winner Audience Choice Award
for Best Feature (Drama) at the Sedona International Film Festival, and Winner Jury Prize & Audience
Choice Award Prescott Film Festival. The film released theatrically October 12th, 2012 and played in 21
cities over an 8-week roll out receiving rave reviews and an overwhelmingly positive audience response
across the country. The film is now available on all major ancillary platforms. To view the trailer and see
the film, please visit LeastAmongSaints.com.
Previously, Papazian directed the award winning short film IN THE WIND about a soldier’s return to
Katrina ravaged New Orleans only to discover the place he grew up in has collapsed in his absence.
The film was awarded Best Picture & Best Actor at the New Orleans Film Festival and Best Picture at the
Vail Film Festival as well as being the official selection of numerous other festivals.
In the theater, Martin has directed a wide array of plays in Los Angeles. Notably, the Pulitzer Prize
winning drama TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, THE EXONERATED, Eric Bogosian's POUNDING NAILS
INTO THE FLOOR WITH MY FOREHEAD, Neil Labute's AUTOBAHN, and the one woman show YOU
CAN EAT ME.
Papazian earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the Arizona Reparatory Theater at
the University of Arizona. He also spent a semester in London training with The British Academy of