6/19/19: Russian premiere of our new film, Ghosts in the Machine

Still from Ghosts in the Machine. Original source: Marquette Park II by Tom Palazzolo and Mark Rance

We are so excited about the first public screenings of this project we’ve been working on for the past year!

In 2018, Media Burn was awarded a prestigious International Connections Fund grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This grant enabled us to select four filmmakers–two American and two Russian–who collaborated to create a found footage film.

The films draw from Media Burn’s collection to create works that reflect on historical truths and media manipulation.

The 60-minute film is comprised of four chapters:

“Deceive with Belief” by Lori Felker

“Denial Ain’t Just a River in Egypt” by Dimitri Devyatkin

“This is a Test” by Dmitrii Kalashnikov

“Who Will Remember You Forever?” by Mikhail Zheleznikov

Stills from Ghosts in the Machine. Original sources (clockwise): Novo Dextro: Purity and Danger by Bill Stamets, high rise image by Mikhail Zheleznikov, Campaign by Tom Palazzolo, footage of Crimea by Dimitri Devyatkin.

Next week, the four filmmakers, as well as executive director Sara Chapman and translator/University of Chicago grad student Avey Rips will be making the trip to St. Petersburg to premiere the film for Russian audiences.
On June 19, we will do a special screening and discussion for students and faculty of the St. Petersburg School of New Cinema, one of Russia’s leading film schools.

On June 21, the film will screen at Word Order, an indie book store specializing in small and underground publishers, which also regularly hosts movie nights, performances, and lectures.

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Word Order book store in St. Petersburg

On June 22, the major screening and reception will be held at LenDoc, a documentary film studio founded in 1932. LenDoc produces dozens of films per year in addition to providing film production classes and hosting screenings and performances in their beautiful 300-seat theater. The program will conclude with a performance by renowned Moscow-based opera singer Olga Patsukova, who will sing the beloved Russian folk song, “Podmoskoveye Vechera.”

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LenDoc Film Studio in St. Petersburg

Stay tuned for photos and videos from our trip, and save the date for the Chicago trip: August 21-28!



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