Chad Gracia, President

Chad Gracia is a filmmaker focused on telling powerful, poetic character-driven stories about the Soviet world and worldview that illuminate our past and warn us about our future. His first film, "The Russian Woodpecker" -- an exploration of how government lies sicken and ultimately destroy a society through conspiracies and paranoia -- won the Grand Prize for World Documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, among many other awards. He has served on film juries globally and given talks on Dramaturgy in Documentary from Harvard to Chernobyl. He speaks Russian and has offices in Kyiv, New York and Boston.   

Marina Orekhova, Managing Producer

With over 10 years experience in documentary and fiction production, Marina produced a Sundance 2015 Grand prix for Best documentary and festival darling THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER (Chad Gracia) and a multiple award-winner THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL (Holly Morris & Anne Bogart). Collaborated on a number of TV films with the leading international media: ARTE, ZDF, rBB, Al Jazeera, BBC, Wired. Marina is an experienced festival and international cultural events manager. In 2008, as a member of a founding team for Ukrainian Cinema Foundation, she set up the first ever Ukrainian pavilion at the EFM (Berlinale) and Village International (Cannes).

Artem Ryzhikov, Cinematographer 

Artem was the winner of the International Documentary Association's "Best Cinematography - 2015" award for his work on The Russian Woodpecker. He graduated in 2010 from the Kiev University for Theatre, Film and Television, and was legendary Soviet cinematographer Vadim Vereshchak’s last student and studied for several years under Bogdan Verzhbitsky. As Director of Photography, Artem’s work has won multiple awards worldwide. His short film, “Hindrance,” was a semi-finalist in YouTube’s “Your Film Festival” and was presented at the Cannes “Short Film Corner” as a selection from Ukraine.

Inspiring Stories, Poetically Told