Bernstein founded Beacon Communications in 1990 and it has become one of the most successful independently financed film companies in the entertainment business. Its first films were The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Picture and went on to win four BAFTA Awards; Keith Gordon's critical triumph A Midnight Clear, starring Ethan Hawke; A Thousand Acres, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange; Sugar Hill, starring Wesley Snipes; Playing God, starring David Duchovny and Timothy Hutton; Princess Caraboo, starring Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline; The Road to Wellville, directed by Alan Parker and starring Anthony Hopkins; and David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre, which won a cable ACE Award for Best Drama.
Armyan was born and raised in Chicago and attended the University of Wisconsin. He was a broadcast journalist with PBS and then with ABC. He wrote the cult classic Thank God It's Friday, starring Debra Winger and Jeff Goldblum. He then wrote and co-produced Francis Ford Coppola's legendary Vegas romance, One from the Heart. Bernstein made his directing debut with Windy City from his screenplay, which starred John Shea and Kate Capshaw. He also co-wrote and directed Cross My Heart, starring Martin Short and Annette O'Toole. Armyan wrote and produced ABC's Emmy Award-winning The Earth Day Special.
Armyan Bernstein Facts
|Producer, Director, Screenwriter
|Chicago, Illinois, USA