DIRECTOR

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Enrico Rossini Cullen is a film director, producer and writer. In addition to directing SALT IN THE AIR, Enrico is directing two fictional films: QUEEN, a short opera based on Henry Purcell's Dido's Lament, and A MAN FULL OF DAYS, a story about a man who leaves the world behind to embrace nature as his home, only to be pursued by angels, freaks and his own demons. Enrico also executive-produced THE HUMAN TOWER, a vibrant display of human tower building that spans three continents. In April 2012, Enrico received an artist-in-residence fellowship at Zion National Park, the first filmmaker to do so, and created MUKUNTUWEAP, a short, impressionistic essay. Enrico co-produced PUSHING THE ELEPHANT (2010), which premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York and was broadcast on Independent Lens in March 2011. He was a producer for AN ENCOUNTER WITH SIMONE WEIL (2010), which premiered in competition at IDFA in 2010. He was a consulting producer for ELECTION DAY (POV 2008) and ARCTIC SON (POV 2007). He edited AMAZING GRACE (2004) and HANGING (2004) with artist Wangechi Mutu and he wrote, directed and edited THE MISADVENTURE OF 95 (2005), an original short narrative.  He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago. Contact: enrico [at] relatedparts.com.

PRODUCER

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Lesya Kalynska is an award-winning director, writer and producer. Kalynska earned her MFA in film directing and writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her film THE BALLOONIST featured the renowned Georgian actor Kakhi Kavsadze won the Best Student Film Award at the Hope and Dreams Film Festival in New Jersey. Her producing debut THE DEBT, directed by Levan Koguashvili, was an official selection at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

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Andrej Yakovlev has been a cameraman and a Director of Photography on Ukrainian television for more than ten broadcast series and made-for-television movies. He has also worked on many Ukrainian versions of world famous television shows, such as: THE X-FACTOR, YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and THE BACHELOR.

 


ADVISORS

Professor Yuri Shevchuk is Lecturer of Ukrainian Language and Culture at the Department of Slavic Languages of Columbia University, New York, NY. He is the founder and director of the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia. (To see the Ukrainian Film Club website, please see Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University.) He earned his PhD in Germanic Philology (1987) from Kyiv State University, and MA in Political Science (1996) from the New School for Social Research, New York, NY. He has taught English at the Department of Foreign Languages of the Ukrainian Institute of Water Management, Rivne, Ukraine (1987-1992), and Intermediate Ukrainian at the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute since 1990. He published a number of articles on English vocabulary studies, theory of translation, language and identity formation in Ukraine, and dual citizenship. He is also a journalist and translator. His published translations include G. Orwell’s Animal Farm (Vsesvit, no 1, Kyiv, 1991) and O. Subtelny’s Ukraine: a History (Kyiv, 1992).

Shoshanah Brown is the Executive Director of the Harlem Children’s Zone Asthma Initiative. Beginning her public health career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, Shoshanah has worked in Africa, Asia and more recently New York City on prevention of infectious and chronic disease among vulnerable populations.  Shoshanah holds an MS in Population and International Health from Harvard and an MBA from the Columbia Business School.

Andrew Walton is a film director. Since beginning his career in 1997 by directing a project for MTV, Andrew Walton has avidly pursued a humanistic style of storytelling using evocative portraiture and striking realism that captures his subjects with engaging honesty. By becoming deeply invested in the personal details of his subject's lives he is able to find profound meaning in otherwise ordinary events. He has directed commercials, short films and internet content for some of the world's top ad agencies and brands. In his first documentary feature, Arctic Son, an estranged father and son reunite in a remote First Nation's community in the Arctic. The film premiered on the PBS network's award-winning P.O.V. series in August 2007.  He most recently wrote and directed an episode of the Discovery Channel's "Next World" series entitled, "Future Ships". Andrew is represented for commercial work in the U.S. by Identity Media and in Canada by Circle Productions.