April 24th, 2016
Eric Esrailian Pays Tribute to Kirk Kerkorian at Aurora Prize Ceremony in Armenia
Eric Esrailian, the lead producer for Survival Pictures, took the stage at the inaugural Aurora Prize Ceremony to pay tribute to the late Kirk Kerkorian – the renowned philanthropist, entrepreneur, and businessman who provided over $1 billion for charitable causes through his Lincy Foundation and Dream Fund during his lifetime.
Survival Pictures, the film company Kerkorian established years ago, will premiere its first film, “The Promise” at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11. Directed by Terry George and starring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, and Charlotte LeBon, “The Promise” is a contemporary motion picture about a couple in love caught in the midst of the devastation wrought by the Armenian Genocide.
When Esrailian took the stage, he discussed Mr. Kerkorian’s unwavering generosity towards those who were less fortunate, the potential use of art for social impact and human rights issues, and the general themes of the film that Kerkorian’s Survival Pictures is making possible: love, tolerance, survival, and hope. Esrailian added, “I also want to extend thank yous to the organizers and to the founders of the Aurora Prize for making Armenia the heart and soul of humanitarian dialogue in the world this weekend.” Following his remarks, Dr. Esrailian shared with the audience a trailer of “The Promise.”
The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity is an annual award given on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors to an individual “whose actions have had an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes.” The 2016 Aurora Prize Selection committee was co-chaired by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian George Clooney. The first Aurora Prize was awarded on April 24 in Yerevan, Armenia — on the international day of remembrance for the Armenian Genocide