Announcing the filmmakers selected for Media Burn’s Russia-US project

In December, we announced our project, Countering Fake News in Russia and the US, funded by your contributions and a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This project will bring together a group of four Russian and American filmmakers, each creating an approximately 15 minute-long found-footage film which will then be assembled into an anthology film. The film will be screened in Chicago and St. Petersburg this summer. The project is a statement about the power of archives to safeguard truth in an era of historical amnesia.

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve chosen our four filmmakers:


Lori Felker is a Chicago artist, filmmaker, performer, programmer and UW Milwaukee professor whose experimental, narrative, and documentary films about human behavior, miscommunication, and empathy have screened internationally.  Her first feature Future Language: The Dimensions of VON LMO is currently out in the world. 

Dimitri Devyatkin, an American of Russian descent. He was the video director of The Kitchen in the early 1970s and has collaborated with Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, and John Lennon. He’s dedicated a lot of his career to cross cultural understanding between the US and Russia. 
Mikhail Zheleznikov is an experimental filmmaker, curator, and teacher, who recently created an installation about the Russian diaspora in New York for the Museum of the Moving Image, and curates the experimental section of the Message to Man documentary film festival. 
Dimitri Kalashnikov, a graduate student at the Experimental Lab of the St. Petersburg School of New Cinema whose first feature, The Road Movie, is comprised exclusively of dashcam footage and was shown at Hot Docs and True/False and distributed in North America by Oscilloscope.

The trip to St. Petersburg will be June 17-25, and the trip to Chicago will be August 20-27. 



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