In 2007, Ms. Arthur moved to Cambodia and started helping develop the struggling film industry. In addition to helping assist local and international productions, she has recently become the Chairman of the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee, sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her company, Kmy Films, holds the rights for the Cambodian distribution of several international movies and is currently in development of an international film scheduled for production in late 2012.
Mariam Arthur graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre & Communication at Southern Utah University in 2003 and received the Communication Department Award of Merit for Outstanding Broadcast Excellence in 2002. She has worked in the fields of hospitality, event management, journalism and media (including film).
In 2001, she founded the Thunderbird International Film Festival, which opened the doors in Hollywood to her position as VP Acquisitions for Interactive Film Sales International, working with films by internationally recognised directors, such as Uwe Boll from Germany whose credits include House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark and Bloodrayne. Additiona
Ms. Arthur first visited Cambodia in 2006, and fell in love with the country and its people while staying with a family in Takeo province. One year later she moved permanently to Cambodia and began helping to develop the film industry. In 2012, she worked as Production Coordinator for the film Age of the Hobbits, directed by Joseph Lawson for The Asylum, and Have You Ever Loved Me? directed by Brando Lee for A+ Asia Network.