Larry Pine. The Lead Actor (Jack Bandrowsky)
Giancarlo Esposito. Actor (The Director)
Michi Barall. The Lead Actor (Helen)
Kate Hodge. Actress (Eve Zimmermann)
Keith Nobbs. Actor (The Viewer)
Carolee Carmello. Actress (Amy)
Lair Torrent. Actor (Bob)
Vincent Chambers. Actor (Jessy Tenor)
Larry Drake. Actor
Noelle Barbera. Actress (Desdemona and
Wolfgang Held. Director of Photography
Alyssa Black. Producer/Casting Director
Anthony Grillo. Producer
Sergei Krasikov. Associate Producer
Seva Kaplan. Associate Producer
Monika Cholewa. 2nd
AD, 1st AD, Associate Producer
Gosha Shif. Still
Pavel Antonov. Still
Mark Kopelev. Still
Zhenya Kiperman is an award-winning filmmaker
and one of the most popular film professors in New York City. Mr.
Kiperman came to America from St.Petersburg, Russia, in 1989. A
Columbia University Film School graduate, Mr. Kiperman wrote, produced,
directed and starred in three films, including the 30-minute version
of I Will Avenge You, Iago!,
a nominee for a 1996 National Student Academy Award, the winner
of the Silver Award at the Festival of Nations in Linz, Austria,
and the Audience Favorite Award at the New York Capital Film Slam.
I Will Avenge You, Iago! was later developed into
a feature-length screenplay.
Mr. Kiperman has written two other scripts, Cousins
and Mafiosi, and Come Back, Mr. President!
and a book of prose, poetry and criticism, A
Dormitory, published in 1994. Numerous essays and poems
from the book previously appeared in literary journals
and magazines.Mr. Kiperman is also the founder, producer and
host of the successful "Golden
Age of Cinema" film festival. As part of the festival,
he wrote, directed, produced and hosted eleven documentaries that
are currently being considered for broadcast by Bravo Channel.
One of these documentaries, about making Tom DiCillo's Living
in Oblivion, is included in the current DVD release of
In 1989, Mr. Kiperman won the 1st prize at the
prestigious Chicago International Art Festival
as a songwriter and poet. He has recorded several albums of his
own songs in English and Russian. His latest CD "Who
Am I to Judge?" was released in 2000.
Mr. Kiperman has taught at NYU, New School, Fordham and St. John's Universities. In 2006, he joined the film department of Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is currently developing his next film project, yet to be titled PHILLY THRILLER.
The Lead Actor (Jack Bandrowsky)
Larry Pine is one of the most respected New York
based actors who has appeared in 44 films and dozens of plays and
Mr. Pine's film credits include Dr. Astrov in
the celebrated Louis Malle's VANYA ON 42ND
STREET for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit
Award, Woody Allen's CELEBRITY and SMALL
TIME CROOKS, J. Nossiter's SUNDAY
(Sundance Grand Prize Winner), Lasse Hallstrom's THE
SHIPPING NEWS, James Ivory's HULLABALLOO,
Spike Lee's GIRL 6, Tim Robbins' DEAD
MAN WALKING, Sidney Poitier's HANKY
PANKY, Martha Coolidge's PLAIN CLOTHES,
Barbet Schroeder's BEFORE AND AFTER,
Ang Lee's ICE STORM, Wayne Wang's MAID
IN MANHATTAN, Larry Cohen's Q,
Alex King's ZOO, Adam Marcus' SNOW
DAYS, Amos Kolleck's LINDA, Ian
McCudden's MR. SMITH, Geert Heetebrij's
A FOREIGN AFFAIR, Richard T. Heffron's
I THE JURY, Yurek Bogayevicz's ANNA,
Howard Zeiff's THE DREAM TEAM, Murillo
Salles' AWAKENING OF ANGELS, Caryn Krooth's
JADED, Pieter Jan Brugge's THE
CLEARING, Jennifer Elsten's PARTICLES
OF TRUTH, Alan Hruska's NOLA,
Wes Anderson's THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS,
and Griffin Dunne's ADDICTED TO LOVE
to name just a few.
On stage Mr. Pine appeared in Mike Nichols' THE
SEAGULL, Eric Bogosian's OBIE Award-Winning TALK
RADIO, Andre Gregory's UNCLE VANYA,
THE DESIGNATED MOURNER and the OBIE
Award-Winning ALICE IN WONDERLAND, London
Royal Court's THE TREATMENT, Dan Sullivan's
LIGHT UP IN THE SKY, Wilson Malim's
THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE, Craig Lucas'
SAVED OR DESTROYED, Lisa Peterson's
THE CHEMESTRY OF CHANCE, Joe Mantello's
MIZLANSKY/ZILINSKY, Josephine Abady's BUS
STOP, George C. Wolfe's ANGELS IN AMERICA,
Max Stafford-Clarke AUNT DAN AND LEMON,
Wilfred Leach's THE MANDRAKE, Hal Prince's
THE END OF THE WORLD, W. Leach's THE
TAMING OF THE SHREW, ALL'S WELL THAT
ENDS WELL, and HENRY V, Larry
Arrick's NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, Bob Kalfin's
A LIFE IN THE THEATER, Michael Langham's
HEARTBREAK HOUSE, Arvin Brown's JOE
EGG, Ed Call's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING,
and the OBIE Award-Winner ENDGAME, among
Larry Pine's television work includes THE
WEBSTER REPORT, THE STREET, A
WILL OF THEIR OWN (Movie of the Week), OZ,
LAW & ORDER, NEW
YORK UNDERCOVER, NEW YORK NEWS,
PRINCE STREET, FEDS,
ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE
LIFE TO LIVE and many, many more.
Most recently, Mr. Pine appeared in Woody Allen's
ESPOSITO. Actor (The Director)
Giancarlo Esposito is one of the most beloved
and dynamic New York based character actors who has appeared in
over sixty feature and television films, including such classics
as Jim Jarmusch's NIGHT ON EARTH, Paul
Auster's and Wayne Wang's SMOKE, and
Spike Lee's DO THE RIGHT THING.
Mr. Esposito has also appeared in Michael Mann's
ALI, Abel Ferrara's CALIFORNIA
and KING OF NEW YORK, Forest Whitaker's
WAITING TO EXHALE, Leon Ichaso's PINERO,
Henry Selick's MONKEYBONE, Paul Auster
and Wayne Wang's BLUE IN THE FACE, Brian
Singer's THE USUAL SUSPECTS, Boaz Yakin's
FRESH, Spike Lee's MALCOLM
X, SCHOOL DAZE and MO'
BETTER BLUES, Tim Robbin's BOB ROBERTS,
Francis Ford Coppola's THE COTTON CLUB,
Harold Becker's TAPS, Tony Spiridakis'
NOISE, Jim Hershleder's ASH
TUESDAY, , Rajko Grlic's JOSEPHINE, Daniel Pyne's WHERE'S
MARLOWE, Clive Feury's BIG CITY BLUES,
Charles Cirgenski's STARDUST, Danny
Cannon's PHOENIX, Robert Benton's TWILIGHT,
Alan Madison's TROUBLE ON THE CORNER,
Steve Oedekerk's NOTHING TO LOSE, Paul
Bernard's LOOSE WOMEN, Bill Parker's
KLASH, Joe Brewster's THE
KEEPER, and Simon Wincer's HARLEY DAVIDSON
AND THE MARLBORO MAN.
His television credits include THE
STREET, HOMICIDE, SIMPLE
JUSTICE, THIRST, NAKED
CITY: JUSTICE WITH A BULLET, and FIVE
DESPERATE HOURS and has accumulated numerous notable TV guest
appearances in shows such as LAW & ORDER,
THIRD WATCH, THE
PRACTICE, STRONG MEDICINE, TOUCHED
BY AN ANGEL, LIVING SINGLE, NYPD
BLUE, THE DIVISION, NEW
YORK UNDERCOVER and CHICAGO HOPE.
Most recently Giancarlo Esposito appeared
in Michael Haussman's BLIND HORIZON
alongside Sam Shepard and Val Kilmer.
BARALL. The Lead Actor (Helen)
The winner of a Dramalogue Award, Michi Barral,
has previously shared the stage with Larry Pine in Craig Lucas'
SAVED OR DESTROYED. She has also starred
in a number of television, film and theatrical productions. Her
film credits include Peter Reigert's PURSUIT
OF HAPPINESS, and Rebecca Miller's PERSONAL
VELOCITY, starring Kyra Sedgewick, Parker Posey and Fairuza
Balk. She has made numerous television appearances in shows such
as LAW & ORDER, COSBY,
ANOTHER WORLD and ONE
LIFE TO LIVE.
Stage credits include Martha Clarke's A
MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, Michael Unger's
A CHRISTMAS CAROL,
John Tilliner's BUFFALO GAL,
Mark Brokaw's TARTUFFE,
Les Water's WINTERTIME,
James Lapine's GOLDEN CHILD,
Marion McClinton's CARSON MC CULLERS,
and Mark Rucker's HOUSE ARREST.
Michi's last role was in Johny Garcia's WELCOME
TO PURGATORY due to be released this year.
HODGE. Actress (Eve Zimmermann)
After training at the UCLA Theatre dept, Kate
Hodge went on to work extensively in a number of stage and screen
performances. Film credits include Seth Pinkser's HIDDEN
II, Dwight Little's RAPID FIRE,
Rodney McDonald's DESIRE, and Marissa
Ryan's 3 WOMEN OF PAIN starring Jeremy
Television credits include,
THE GEORGE WENDT SHOW, SHE
WOLF OF LONDON, and TALES FROM THE
CRYPT. and Kate has graced the stage in performances
such as Seth Gordon's DINNER WITH FRIENDS
and Milton Katselas' FOUR.
KEITH NOBBS. Actor (The Viewer)
Keith Nobbs moved to New York at the age of 15.
He attended the prestigious
LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts where he received the Isabelle
Stevenson-American Theater Wing Award for excellence in acting.
Over the past five years, Mr. Nobbs has performed
extensively both on and
off-Broadway and was noted by The New York Times as "a
gifted young actor"
and by Variety as "indisputably talented" On
Broadway, he appeared with
Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing in James Goldman's THE
WINTER. Off-Broadway, he has been seen in STUPID
Lindsay-Abaire's FUDDY MEERS, and Conor
McPherson's DUBLIN CAROL. Keith also
acted in several plays at the Drama Department, an innovative downtown
company of which he is a member.
Mr. Nobbs' performance in Christopher Shinn's
FOUR garnered him a Lucille Lortel Award
and a Drama Desk nomination.
Mr. Nobbs' film credits include Tom DiCillo's
DOUBLE WHAMMY, Joel Schumacher's PHONE
BOOTH (with Colin Farrell), Spike Lee's 25TH
HOUR and Fred Schepisi's IT RUNS IN
Most recently, Keith Nobbs completed a guest lead
on 2003 season's LAW & ORDER.
CARMELLO. Actress (Amy)
Carolee Carmello has garnered acclaim in numerous
television and theatrical appearances. Her Broadway performance
in Hal Prince's PARADE earned her a
TONY Award nomination for Best Actress and the Drama Desk Award
for Best Actress. She received the LA Ovation Award for Best Supporting
Actress for her role in FALSETTOS and
the Obie Award for Outstanding Performance for her Off Broadway
role in HELLO AGAIN.
On stage, Ms. Carmello has appeared in John Rando's
URINETOWN, Michael Blakemore's KISS
ME KATE and CITY OF ANGELS, Robert
Longbottom's THE SCARLETT PIMPERNEL,
Scott Ellis' 1776, John Caird's LES
MISERABLES, and Des McAnuff's CHESS.
Ms. Carmello's television credits include
guest star roles on ED, FRASIER,
LAW & ORDER,
LAW & ORDER: SVU and LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O' BRIEN.
She's had recurring roles on ANOTHER
WORLD, and was a series regular on
for which she earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nominee.
TORRENT. Actor (Bob)
Lair Torrent has worked extensively in a host
of film, television and theatrical roles.
He appeared in Ron Brown's PERFECT
FIT, and several independent features - SAVING
KANSAS, THIRD ON A MATCH, etc.
Notable television credits include, LAW
& ORDER, GUIDING LIGHT, ONE
LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN
and BABYLON 5.
Theatrical credits include ALL
MY SONS, FEET
OF CLAY, THE
8 REINDEER MONOLOGUES, DEATH
DARK and DESPARATE
CHAMBERS. Actor (Jessy Tenor)
The winner of the prestigious DiCapo Opera
Competition, Vincent Chambers is an accomplished opera singer,
actor and musician. His operatic repertoire included The Duke in
Verdi's RIGOLETTO with Regina Opera
of New York and The Opera Co. of New Jersey, Hoffman
in Offenbach's TALES OF HOFFMAN and
Alfred in Straus' DIE FLEDERMAUS with
Amato Opera of New York, Beppe in PAGLIACCI
with DiCapo Opera of New York, Ferrando in Mozart's COSI
FAN TUTTE with South Bay Opera of Los Angeles, Alfredo
in Verdi's TRAVIATA with Regina
Opera of New York, Nemorino in Donizetti's L'ELISIR
D'AMORE with Cal State Long Beach, Enrnesto in DON
PASQUALE with Valley Opera of Los Angeles, to name
Mr. Chamber's stage credits include the leading
part in Harold Pinter's THE DUMB WAITER
with San Francisco Theater Company, and Ken in Eric Bogosian's
TALK RADIO at San Francisco State
University. He also appeared in an independent film THE
APOLOGY released by The Montage Films.
Vincent Chambers has given hundreds of concert
recitals throughout the United States, including Broadway duets
and solos, art songs, and highlights from Rigoletto, Pearl Fishers,
Faust, Manon, Francesca, Boheme, Elixer, and other classics.
As rock vocalist and bass player, Mr. Chamber
toured extensively with rock groups The Visitors and The
LARRY DRAKE. Actor (The Warden)
Character actor Larry Drake has worked steadily
on television and in feature films since making his feature-film
debut in This Stuff'll Kill You (1971).
He appeared in over 25 films and videos.
Larry is widly known for his convincing portrait
of gentle, mentally retarded Benny on the NBC television series
L.A. Law (1986-1994). His outspoken
performance has won him 2 EMMY Awards, nomination to 1 EMMY Award
and 3 Golden Globes.
His other credits included a role of a murderous
doctor in Manny Coto's Dr. Giggles,
a detective in Power 98. Larry also
worked in J.B. Rogers' American Pie 2,
Robert Dyke' Timequest, Jonas Akerlund's
Danny Mulroon's Desert Heat,
John G. Avildsen's The Karate Kid,
John Duigan's The Journey of August
King, Robert Clouse's The
Big Brawl, Sam Raimi's Darkman,
Mel Smith' Bean
and many others.
(Desdemona and Gilda)
Noelle Barbera, soprano was recently chosen as
a finalist in Indiana Opera's McAllister awards competition and
has been a first place winner of the National Association of Teachers
of Singing competition. A versatile and accomplished performer in
opera, concert and theater, Ms. Barbera has been favorably reviewed
in New York for her work with the Bronx Opera in the roles of Annchen
in Der Freischutz and Fiammetta in the rare operetta Boccaccio.
Critics praise her "shining upper register and musicality"(Opera
News). The soprano with a "face made for the stage"(Opera
News) has also sung the roles of Mimi in La
Boheme, Violetta in La Traviata,
Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, Adele
in Die Fledermaus, Adina in L'Elisir
d'Amore and Cherubino in Le Nozze di
Figaro. Ms. Barbera's extensive concert credits include Handel's
Messiah, Mendelssohn's A
Midsummer Night's Dream, Brahms' Deutches
Requiem, Haydn's Stabat Mater,
Mozart's Requiem and Mozart's Exultate
Jubilate which was her European debut with the Berlinnerkammerorchester
in the Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin.
WOLFGANG HELD. Director of
Wolfgang Held is one of the most respected cinematographers
in the New York independent film arena, with 28 feature films and
documentaries shot on film and digital formats. His feature credits
include Pola Rapaport's BROKEN MEAT
(The Best Cinematography Award at Oberhausen International Film
Festival, 1990), Bill Roth's FLOATING
(The Best Cinematography Award at New England Film Festival, 1999),
and the Academy Award Nominated Edet Belzberg's CHILDREN
UNDERGROUND (Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival,
Mr. Held has several successful DV features under
his belt, including Gary Winick's SAM THE MAN
(starring Annabella Sciorra and Fisher Stevens) and THE
TIC CODE (starring Polly Draper and Gregory Hines).
In 1992 Wolfgang Held was given Eastman Kodak
Alyssa Black is an independent Producer and Casting
Director in New York City and South Florida.
As owner of Lure Talent & Model Group
for more than a decade, she was a SAG agent representing
actors and models for print, film, television and theater. As an
agent, Ms. Black has worked with such notable actors as Eric Thal,
Vincent Pastore (Sopranos), Harold Perrineau
(Smoke, Matrix II, On_Line, Woman on Top),
Idalisis Leon (MTV VJ), Tomiko Fraiser
(Maybelline), Elise Neal, and many,
Ms. Black has been involved in the production
of over a dozen independent
features. Her credits include the award winning ECHOES
with Director Atsushi Funahashi (Independent Feature Film Market
2000, Official Selection (New York) NewFilmmakers Series 2001 (New
York), FILMFEST MUNICH 2001 (Germany)
High Hope Award Nominee, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
2001(Czech Republic), Tokyo International Film Festival 2001 (Japan),
Palm Beach International Film Festival 2002 (Florida, US), Annonay
International Film Festival 2003 (France), Special Jury Prize, Audience
Award Special Jury Prize of All Time); ON_LINE
(Sundance 2000 official selection) directed by Jed Weintrob, currently
in release theatrically starring Harold Perrineau (Matrix
II, Oz, Romeo & Juliet) and Josh Hamilton; LOBSTER
FARM directed by Kevin Jordan with Danny Aiello & Jane
Curtain; SMOKING HERB starring Kathryn
Winnick (The It Factor); TOWN
DIARY; WHISKEY RIVER; LITLE MAGICIAN (35mm 3-D, an American/Indian
co-production released 2003 throughout India); WOLVES
OF WALL STREET directed by cult favorite David Decoteau and
produced by Regent Films(35mm anamorphic) starring Eric Roberts;
as well as select Music Videos and Commercials.
She is currently developing THE
BIG RIVER with Atsushi Funahashi which was a selected project
at the Belinale Co-Production Market in 2004. THE
is slated to move into production in January 2005.
Ms. Black has worked with several charity groups,
serving as the Chair of the Board of directors of both Alyn
Hospital (1992-1994) and American Friends of Tel Aviv University's
New Leadership (1988-1990 &1999-2001) divisions.
For more information visit Ms. Black's website:
ANTHONY GRILLO. Producer
Anthony Grillo has spent most of his career in
the corporate world specializing in new business development and
financial planning, and recently began to make a crossover into
film production. He received a degree in Accounting from Baruch
College and has completed extensive graduate course work in International
Finance from Pace University.
In 1998, Mr. Grillo founded Gotham Courier, Inc.,
a New York City based delivery and logistics company. Within two
years Gotham was cited as one of the fastest growing companies in
its field with sales in excess of $2.3 million.
Prior to starting Gotham Courier, Mr. Grillo was
a Managing Partner of Interactive Connection, an internet company
that specialized in streaming media. He assisted in securing the
initial seed capital that funded the company, and managed the daily
operations. The company went public in 2001.
Most recently, Mr. Grillo co-produced "The
Golden Age of Cinema" Film Festival with Mr. Kiperman.
The festival included lectures, screenings and discussions of pictures
that were instrumental in shaping today's film culture.
Mr. Grillo continues to blend his knowledge of
film production with his proven success in business.
Sergei Krasikau has served as an Associate Producer
on Zhenya Kiperman's I WILL AVENGE YOU, IAGO!
and has been involved in production of over 15 films, including
THE SENATOR (35 mm feature, Russia-USA
co-production, Line Producer/Production Manager), BIG
RIVER (2nd Unit Assistant Director), BLACK
WOLF HUNT (HD feature for Russian NTV network, Line Producer/Production
Manager), MEDIUM HOT (Feature, Associate
Producer/DP), BOX (Short, Producer),
and THE FATHER, UNBLINKING (Short, Producer),
MOHAMMED ALI NAQVI. Production
|Mohammed Ali Naqvi
Pakistani Native, Mohammed Naqvi, describes himself
as a socially conscious filmmaker. He is the recent, and youngest,
winner of the prestigious Overseas Press Club of America-Carl Spielvogel
Award (best international reporting in the broadcast medium showing
a concern for the human condition) for his work on TERROR'S
CHILDREN. Terror's Children,
commissioned by The New York Times, premiered on March 25th, 2003
on the launch night of Discovery-Times, a joint venture between
The New York Times and the Discovery Communications
Group. The documentary has since been broadcasted internationally
and has been shown in film festivals the world over. Mohammed was
also an invited guest lecturer at the United Nations Youth Initiative
for Peace summit. In 2003, the summit, which was held in Karachi
and had participants from all over South Asia, focused on addressing
the conflicts between India and Pakistan. Mohammed worked with participants
to collaborate on BUS, a digital short
film profiling the India/ Pakistan conflict. Mohammed is currently
a SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Award
nominee for his work on BUS. Mohammed
is also an Independent Feature Project (IFP) Project Involve Honoree
and winner of the Greenestreet Films/ IFP New York Narrative Pitch
Award 2004. His current project, SHAME
was one of the thirty projects invited to participate in the Talent
Project Market at the Berlin Film Festival 2004. Mohammed is also
the first Pakistani to be accepted as Berlinale Talent Campus invitee
(2004). In addition, Mohammed is the founder of B.L.A.H Productions,
an off Broadway theatre arts company in New York, in January of
2002. He has produced three shows and acted in the most recent stage
production, Olleanna, by David Mamet.
Mohammed is also currently producing another project that was the
official selection at the Berlin Film Festival 2004, entitled, BIG
RIVER, directed by award-winning Japanese filmmaker Atsushi
Seva Kaplan is the creator of the first open air
Russian radio talk show in the United States and the most popular
Russian radio talk show host in this country.
Mr. Kaplan came to America in 1988. After several
years of hosting radio programs at New York's Radios Liberty/Free
Europe and WMNB, in 1997 Seva created a new, independent
radio station The People's Wave (Народная Волна,
1380 AM) and in two years pushed the multi-million dollar WMNB
out of business.
Never missing a day of work in 7 years, in 1998
Seva hosted his legendary 5-day "intensive care broadcast"
over the phone from a hospital bed, after having been rushed to
the emergency room with multiple second and third degree burns.
With over a million of listeners and hundreds
of callers whose age ranges from 3 to 106, Seva's morning drive
mind game Talkovishche with Seva Kaplan was rendered by
The New York Times as "Matchmaking With No Visual
Aids" (May 19, 1998).
Most recently, Seva Kaplan joined The
New Life Radio (620 AM) significantly boosting its ratings
and broadcasting standards. Seva's Talkovishche airs at
The New Life Monday thru Friday, 6-8 am.
FADEEVA. Costume Design/Make-Up
|Nadia Fadeeva with Giancarlo Esposito
on the set of I WILL AVENGE YOU, IAGO! Photo by Gosha
An award-winning costume designer/make-up artist
Nadia Fadeeva has worked on 38 feature films and dozens of theatrical
and television productions in Russia, France, Czech Republic, the
United States, Romania, and Vietnam.
Her credits include CRIME
AND PUNISHMENT (film, Russia), DESERT
OF ROSES (opera, the USA), THE PRINCES
ON A PEA with Innokenti Smoktunovsky (film, Russian-Czech
co-production), RUTH with Annie Girardot
(film, France), THE VERNON JOHNS STORY
with James Earl Jones (HBO film; assistant to costume designer),
AH, MY DEAR ANDERSEN! and MIDWESTERN
CHUM at Urban Stages Theater, AN
ABSOLUTELY HAPPY VILLAGE at Actors Playground Theater,
THE INTRUDER at Theatre Kabbal,
PENELOPE and FATHERS AND SONS IN OLD ODESSA
at American-Russian Theater, to name a few.
Nadia Fadeeva has single-handedly created all
costumes and make-up for Zhenya Kiperman's award-winning 30-minute
version of I WILL AVENGE
YOU, IAGO! - the film with over a dozen of period costume
characters, eight of which were played by just two actors. The entire
shoot was accomplished in 8 days largely because of Ms. Fadeeva's
talent, professionalism and dedication.
Nadia Fadeeva was given the Best Costume
Design Award in 1977 for her work on the Russian-Czech film THE
PRINCES ON A PEA, and in 1979 for
the Russian film A DOG WAS WALKING ON
THE PIANO. In 1991, Nadia was nominated
for Nika ("the Russian Oscar") for her costume
design in the Russian-Czech film WITCHES
Shif. Still Photorgapher
Igal Shif is a professional New York based photographer.
He learned his craft from his father, from books about prominent
photographers and years of long and dedicated work.
Before moving to NYC Igal lived in Israel for
10 years, worked as a photographer for the Russian language newspaper
Vesti. During those years many of his works were featured on several
Since he moved and established himself in NYC
in 2001, he had 2 personal shows. He taught photography in Jewish
Center in Bensonhurst in Brooklyn from 2002 to 2003. Worked as a
still photographer on several films shot at Brooklyn College in
2003-2004. Currently he works as a photojournalist in one of the
biggest Russian language newspapers in NYC Rysskij Bazar. Also,
Igal is a founder of Gosha Art Co., a graphic design/advertising
You can reach Igal at email@example.com
One of the most talented photographers of the
Russian community in the US, Mark works in the genre of photo portrait,
as well as art photography. Some of his best known are portraits
of celebrities such as: the poet and Nobel Prize winner Josef Brodsky,
ballet dancer Michail Barishnikov, violinist and conductor Mstislav
Rostropovitch, sculptor Ernest Neizvestniy, painter Michail Shemyakin,
the daughter of Mayakovsky; Patricia Tompson, the grand daughter
of classic Russian writer Leonid Andreev, the writer and Founder
of the Solzshenitsin Foundation Olga Andreeva-Karline, New York
Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, leader of the Warsaw Getto rebellion
Movie fans know Mark Kopelev's name from the portraits of leading
Russian producers Nikita Michalkov, Kira Muratova, Alexey German,
Sergey Soloviev, Aron Kanevsky, Vadim Abdrashitov, Andron Konchalovsky,
Vadim Yusov, cinematographer for such well known movies as Andrey
Rublev, Solyaris, Ivanovo Detstvo, Ne goruy, Ya shagayu po Moskve.
Literature lovers know his portraits of such writers as Vasiliy
Aksenov, Viktor Erofeev, Uz Aleshkovsky, Andrey Bitov, Igor Efimov,
Andrey Sinyavsky, Alexander Genis and many others.
Exhibitions of Mark Kopelev were held very successfully in Chelsea,
New York, in the Lincoln Center Cork Gallery and were presented
at auctions. Some of his art was bought by Museums of Russian Art
in the US.
Mark Kopelev graduated from one of the best
theater schools of the former Soviet Union - the St. Petersburg
Institute of Theater, Music and Cinematography, as a movie producer.
He worked in the theaters of Ryasan, Sverdlovsk, Chita, and Novosibirsk.
He was the producer of the first musical on the Soviet stage. After
the Soviet authorities ostracized Mark for "non-conventional
artistic mentality," he was exiled to Chita where he worked
at the TV station as a TV and documentary movie director. Films
made at this time got honors at different festivals, and one: "Narration
about quests and reflections," got a prize named after Kurnatovsky,
one of the most prestigious honors of the Jornalist's Union of the
After his Chita excile he was forbidden by the Soviet Authorities
to live and work in Moscow and Leningrad and Kopelev moved to Novosibirsk
where he continued working on TV.
In 1985, for his political views, he was fired from TV without rights
to work in mass media. To make a living he had to learn to work
as a tailor. In 1989, during the perestroika time the documentary
film The Tailor
was made about Mark Kopelev's life. It was honored by the International
Festival of non-fiction movies in Leningrad and was bought by several
countries and shown on the American PBS channel several times. In
1991 a second film Tailor-2
was shot, in the same year Mark Kopelev immigrated to the US.
Anglo-American publishing House Holmes & Meier in the
series Ellis Island published a book Red
Blues - Voices from the Last Wave of Russian Immigration,
about prominent representatives of the Russian Immigration. One
of the chapters of that book is about Mark Kopelev.
At the present time this wonderful photographer with such an extraordinary
life, lives in New York and is the vice president of the Russian
American Cultural Heritage Center Inc.
You can reach Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org