Class of 1983
Tassos Boulmetis studied Physics in the University of Athens and Film Production and Direction at UCLA thanks to a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation. At UCLA he taught as an assistant professor classes on directing actors for film and television. In Greece, he started his career as a director/producer of TV shows for the state TV networks. In 1990 he wrote, directed and co-produced the film “Dream Factory” which was shot on analogue video and then transferred to 35mm film. The film won 8 awards in Greece and the Golden Award of Fantasy Movies in the Houston Film Festival. His second feature film was the hauntingly nostalgic “A Touch of Spice” which he wrote, directed and co-produced. This project is a labor of love for him as the story is based, mostly, on true facts drawn from his own life. The film became the biggest hit ever in Greece with over 1,600 admissions and has been distributed in 45 countries in all over the world. A “Touch of Spice” has been presented in festivals around the world and has received 8 awards of excellence in Greece. The film was Greece’s official entry in the 2005 Academy Awards. His third feature, “MYTHOPATHY”, a coming of age story of a young man during the 70’s in Greece, is a sarcastic comedy about the Greek political system and how it ended up in today’s crisis. 2018 saw the release of his film “1968” to high acclaim. His recent academic activities include teaching classes on Advanced Film Directing in private institutions in Greece. Boulmetis is the first unanimously elected president of the Hellenic Film Academy and is a member of European Film Academy.