THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER

A Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life by revealing it, amid growing clouds of revolution and war. 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner – World Documentary.

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Team

CHAD GRACIA (Director & Producer & Editor) is a new documentary filmmaker who was formerly involved in theater and finance.

Oscar-Nominated MIKE LERNER (Producer) has been making films since 1988 including AFGHAN STAR, HELL AND BACK AGAIN, PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER, SMASH & GRAB – THE STORY OF THE PINK PANTHERS, THE SQUARE, THE DO GOODERS, A WHOLE LOTT MORE. He has won a number of industry awards including; Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary Feature 2012, six Sundance Awards (Grand Jury, Special Jury, Best Director, Audience, Cinematography), EMMY Nomination for Best Documentary, 2 Grierson Awards for Best Documentary, The Alfred Dupont Award, and others.

RAM DEVINENI (Producer) is a filmmaker, publisher and founder of Rattapallax films, press and magazine based in New York City, Sao Paulo and New Delhi. He produced, edited and directed the feature documentary THE HUMAN TOWER, which was shot in India, Chile, and Spain. Recently, he received the 2014 Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund from Ford Foundation for PRIYA’S SHAKTI — an augmented reality comic book.

Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2015
Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema – Documentary  – Won

International Documentary Association - 2015
Best Feature Documentary - Nominated
Best Cinematography - Won

Independent Spirit Awards - 2015
Best Feature Documentary - Nominated

Cinema Eye Honors - 2015
Best Debut Feature - Nominated
Unforgettables - Won

Cork Film Festival 2015
Best Documentary Feature - Won

Greenwich International Film Festival 2015
Grand Jury Prize – Won

Biografilm Festival 2015
Hera Award Best Debut Film – Won
Life Tales Award – Won 

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2015
Special Jury Prize – Documentary Competition – Won 

Montclair Film Festival (MFF) 2015
 Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature – Won

Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2015
Best Documentary Feature – Nominated

Tirana International Film Festival 2016
Media Award – Won

In Light Human Rights Film Festival 2016
Best Documentary – Won

 

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