New Russian Cinema at Donnell

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Date/Time: 27/06/2006 12:00 am

A Screening of New Russian Cinema
by Award-winning Filmmakers
Elena Drumova and Dmitriy Zavilgelskiy
Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 6:00 p.m.
Donnell Media Center
20 West 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Q&A with the filmmakers to follow
For more information, visit our website or contact Leigh Murnane at (212) 643-1985 x15.
The event is free of charge.
“Valera: Scalpel of Democracy” by Elena Drumova (2005, 35 min., color): The story of a family man’s effort to win election to public office with only a coroner’s salary at his disposal.
“The Edge of Being” by Dmitriy Zavilgelskiy (2003, 26 min., color): A film shot in the woods near Arkhangelsk, where villagers collect refuse from Soviet spaceships once launched from an abandoned site nearby.
The screening is co-presented by CEC ArtsLink and International Film Seminars as a part of the Open World Cultural Leaders Program.  The current segment of Open World brings to the U.S. Russian filmmakers Elena Drumova and Dmitriy Zavilgelskiy and film curators Dmitriy Bulnygin and Alexander Markov to participate in the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.
CEC ArtsLink is an international arts service organization, whose programs encourage and support exchange of artists and cultural managers between the United States and Central Europe, Russia and Eurasia.  With solid expertise and lasting partnerships in 23 countries, CEC ArtsLink promotes communication and understanding through collaborative, innovative projects for mutual benefit.
Open World Cultural Leaders Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Russia.  Support for the cultural program is provided through partnership and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
International Film Seminars, Inc. (IFS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the proposition that independent media can illuminate the human spirit. Its mission is to foster exploration, dialogue, and introspection about the art and craft of all forms of the moving image. Through its unique annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, IFS provides media makers, users, teachers, and students an unparalleled opportunity to confront the core of the creative process, reaffirm the freedom of the independent artist to explore beyond known limits, and renew the challenge to discover, reveal, and illuminate the ways of life of peoples and cultures throughout the world.
The Donnell Media Center, a branch of the New York Public Library, where individuals may screen films without charge for study or recreation, holds over 8000 16mm films, 6000 independent video/DVD works, 30,000 popular videotapes and DVDs, and nearly 35,000 sound recordings.

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