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5th Annual Russian Documentary Film Showcase in Texas “Images of Russia”

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5th Annual Russian Documentary Film Showcase in Texas “Images of Russia”

October 24 - 29, 2011 Opening in Houston: October 27, 2011 6:00pmAt University of Houston105 SEC Science and Engineering Classroom Building Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” is pleased to announce its 5th Annual Russian Documentary Film Showcase in Texas “Images of Russia”.The latest works of independent Russian movie makers as well as young Houstonian movie maker will be screened in four cities in Texas – Houston, Dallas, Austin and College Station in collaboration with five Texas universities: University of Houston, UT Arlington, SMU Dallas, UT Austin and A&M College Station.This year we will present the following movies: “Harvest Time”, “The Weather Outside is Beautiful” by Marina Razhbezhkina; “Love me Please” and “Window Pane Nostalgia” by Valery Balayan;“Kamchatka: The Salmon Country” by Daniel Levine.Each movie presentation will be accompanied by a lecture and Q/A session with our honored Moscow guests, acclaimed directors Valery Balayan and Marina Razhbezkina and Daniel Levine.Valery Balayan is one of the most interesting and offbeat names of Contemporary Russian documentary. He is a member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Russian Federation, member of Non-Featuring Film Guild, member of Film Writers Guild of Russia. Since 2003, he has been working as a lecturer on screenwriting in the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). His scenarios were filmed in more than 40 documentaries. He directed more than 60 non-fiction films. Since 2008 he is a special correspondent of Freedom radio in Crimea.Marina Razbezhkina is one of the leading documentary filmmakers in Russia today, who has won over 20 awards both in Russia and abroad such as award of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Soviet Union at 1987, “Lawr” award for the best documentary at 2002, awards from Moscow International Movie Festival at 2004, 2005, 2006 years and many others. She worked as a scenarist at Documentary films at Kazan Studio of News film from 1986. Since 1989 Marina Razbezhkina has been working independently as a film director, scenarist, and lecturer. Since 2008 she has been teaching at Higher school of Journalism. Since 2009 Marina Razbezhkina is holding the art competition of documentary movies called “Chase of Reality”.Daniel Levine comes to film from TV journalism. Over the past three years he has directed six short films and has co-written and edited two documentaries with Marina Goldovskaya. Both films premiered at the IDFA Festival in Amsterdam. Daniel holds degrees in Political Science from Cornell University and Georgetown University, and an MFA in Film Directing from USC School of Cinematic Arts. Daniel’s MFA thesis film, Moment Théâtral, won the prestigious Jack Nicholson Directing Award.

About the Movies:“Love me Please!”, Valery Balayan (2010) is devoted to a talented young journalist from Sevastopol whose life was cut short by a bullet shot by a neo-Nazi killer. The film also examines how the few remaining human rights activists in Russia can continue to be effective today.“Window Pane Nostalgia”, Valery Balayan (2010). The film is dedicated to the philosopher - Merab Mamardaschwili. The master of the documentary, Valery Balayan lined, historic and current filming an interview Russian historians and philosophers from the year 1990. In this way, will witness the almost prophetic insight into the development of Russian society in the last twenty years. The intellectuals Mikhail Geller, Dmitri Sezeman and Merab Mamardaschwili comment pictures of Russia’s past and present.“The Weather Outside is Beautiful”, Marina Razbezhkina (2010). This story is a confession of one of the most wonderful writers in modern Russia - Lyudmila Petrushevskaya: her revelations about the world, the creative process, and herself. The film follows Petrushevskaya both at home and on tour, reading her poetry and singing.Harvest Time”, Marina Razbezhkina’s (2004) She uses nostalgia as more of an emotional than intellectual device, looking back fondly — if still somewhat critically — at a hardship-wracked collective farming family in the Soviet Union of 1950. Narrated in hindsight (and from the great beyond) by the clan’s youngest child Vanya (Dmitri Yakovlev), documentarian Razbezhkina’s debut fictional feature assumes a perspective of wistful childhood memory, focusing specifically on the deterioration of combine operator Antonina (Lyudmila Motornaya) after her superlative field work is rewarded by the Party with a prized red velvet banner adorned with the faces of Bolshevik Revolution leaders.“Kamchatka: The Salmon Country”, Daniel Levine (2009). A work by an American documentary filmmaker on the subject of ecological and economic problems of Russian Kamchatka. Journalists, ecologists, forest rangers - those who bravely oppose poaching and corruption in these Pacific parts of modern Russia - tell the stories of their struggles and hopes. The film presents the beautiful but crumbling world of Kamchatka nature.

The Documentary Film Showcase:October 24 at 7:30pm: “Love me Please” - UT Austin, UT campus in Calhoun Hall, room 100

October 25 at 5:00pm: “Love me Please” - U T Arlington, University Hall 108

October 26 at 7:30pm: “Love me Please” - Texas A&M College Station, Room 410 at EDMS of the Library Annex

October 27 at 6:00pm: “Harvest Time” - University of Houston, SEC Science and Engineering Classroom Building

October 28 at 7:00pm: “Harvest Time” - SMU Dallas, 3225 University Boulevard, Hall McCord Auditorium

October 28 at 7:30pm: “Kamchatka: The Salmon Country”, “Window Pane Nostalgia” - RCC “Our Texas”, 2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005

October 29 at 6:00pm: “The Weather Outside is beautiful”, RCC “Our Texas”, 2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005

October 29 at 8:00pm: “Love me Please” - RCC “Our Texas”, 2337 Bissonnet Houston TX, 77005

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