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FILM PROGRAM 2010
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The Ukrainian Museum's film series and traditional arts programs are supported, in part, by public funds
from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


September 24, 2010, 7 pm
IMAGINING MAZEPPA: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

An evening of readings, music, slide show, and film
Performance by Alexander Motyl, Nadia Kizenko, Vasyl Lopukh, and Vasyl Makhno
Presented by The Ukrainian Museum in conjunction with its exhibition UkraineSweden: At the Crossroads of History (XVIIXVIII Centuries)

Film screened continuously 6–8 p.m.:
The Baturyn Excavations: Rebuilding the History of the Cossack Hetman Capital
Directed by Oleg Chorny
Volodymyr Mezentsev and Volodymyr Kovalenko
Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies and Shevchenko Scientific Society of America
Documentary, 30 min.

Television video clip:
"The Magnificent Adah," Bonanza (1959, Paramount Studios); TV series, segment. The Cartwright family of the famed TV Western "Bonanza" series meets the enigmatic and beautiful actress Adah Isaacs Menken, who is in town appearing in the traveling road show "Mazeppa".

Film clips:

High Noon
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
1952, Stanley Kramer Productions
Western drama, starring Gary Cooper
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin (b. 1894, Kremenchuk, Poltava, Russian Empire, now Ukraine)
English
Scene where William "Will" Kane (Gary Cooper) takes the long, slow walk down the dusty main street in a Western town, to confront the outlaws. Along the way, you glimpse a large poster hung on the side of a barn – advertising the theatrical production "Mazeppa", made famous by the flamboyant actress Adah Isaacs Menken. Her portrayal of Lord Byron's fictional Mazeppa drew considerable attention when it was rumored that she appeared in the nude while strapped to the back of the horse.

Heller in Pink Tights
Directed by George Cukor
1960, Paramount Pictures
Western feature adventure, written by Walter Bernstein (writer); Louis L'Amour (novel)
Starring Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn
English
Scene where Sophia Loren portrays Adah Isaacs Menken in the traveling production "Mazeppa". Wearing pink tights, Loren is shown in a projection while tied to the back of a galloping horse, when a real horse bursts off the stage and into the audience, riding clear out of the theater.

Gypsy
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Musical based on Gypsy: A Memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee
Starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood as Gypsy Rose Lee, and Faith Dane as Miss Mazeppa
English
Scene where the stripper character, Miss Mazeppa, sings "You Gotta Have A Gimmick" wearing "armor" more reminiscent of a Roman legionary than a Cossack hetman.

Wikipedia: Ivan Mazepa (16391709), Cossack Hetman of the Hetmanate in Left-bank Ukraine, from 16871708, the Prince of the Holy Roman Empire 1707-1709. He was famous as a patron of the arts, and also played an important role in the Battle of Poltava where after learning of Peter I's intent to relieve him as acting Hetman of Ukraine and replace him with Alexander Menshikov, he deserted his army and sided with Charles of Sweden. The politicization of this desertion has held a lasting legacy in both Russian and Ukrainian national history.

View the complete IMAGINING MAZEPPA: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous program (PDF 300K).


June 11, 2010, 7 pm and
June 13, 2010, 2 pm
Taras Bulba
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Written by Waldo Salt, Karl Tunberg
Based on the novel Taras Bulba by Ukrainian author Mykola Hohol (Nikolai Gogol)
Starring Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis
1962, distributed by United Artists, 122 min.
English

Wikipedia: Taras Bulba is a 1962 film loosely based on Nikolai Gogol's short novel, Taras Bulba, starring Yul Brynner in the title role, and Tony Curtis as his son, Andrei, leaders of a Cossack clan on the Ukrainian steppes. The film was directed by J. Lee Thompson. The story line of the film is considerably different from that of Gogol's novel, although it is closer to the 1842 (pro-Russian Imperial) edition than the original version (pro-Ukrainian) version (1832).
Screened in conjunction with the exhibition UkraineSweden: At the Crossroads of History (XVIIXVIII Centuries).


May 1, 2010, 7 pm
IMAGINING MAZEPPA: From Byron to Broadway to Hollywood

An evening of readings, music, slide show, and film
Performance by Alexander Motyl and Vasyl Makhno
Presented by The Ukrainian Museum in conjunction with its exhibition UkraineSweden: At the Crossroads of History (XVIIXVIII Centuries)

Film screened continuously 9–10 p.m.:
The Baturyn Excavations: Rebuilding the History of the Cossack Hetman Capital
Directed by Oleg Chorny
Volodymyr Mezentsev and Volodymyr Kovalenko
Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies and Shevchenko Scientific Society of America
Documentary, 30 min.

Heller in Pink Tights (film clip)
Directed by George Cukor
1960, Paramount Pictures
Western feature adventure, written by Walter Bernstein (writer); Louis L'Amour (novel)
Starring Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn
English
Scene where Sophia Loren portrays Adah Isaacs Menken in the traveling production "Mazeppa". Wearing pink tights, Loren is shown in a projection while tied to the back of a galloping horse, when a real horse bursts off the stage and into the audience, riding clear out of the theater.

Wikipedia: Ivan Mazepa (16391709), Cossack Hetman of the Hetmanate in Left-bank Ukraine, from 16871708, the Prince of the Holy Roman Empire 1707-1709. He was famous as a patron of the arts, and also played an important role in the Battle of Poltava where after learning of Peter I's intent to relieve him as acting Hetman of Ukraine and replace him with Alexander Menshikov, he deserted his army and sided with Charles of Sweden. The politicization of this desertion has held a lasting legacy in both Russian and Ukrainian national history.

View the complete IMAGINING MAZEPPA: From Byron to Broadway to Hollywood program (PDF 450K).


April 9, 2010, 7 pm
Film session curated by Bohdana Smyrnova

Her Seat is Vacant
Directed by Bohdana Smyrnova
Ukraine/USA, 17 min.
English

Short films:
The Ride by Wing-Yee Wu (Sweden/USA, 15 min)
Tiger by Thomas (Hyungkyun) Kim (South Korea/USA, 10 min)
When Is Lunch? by Sarah-Rose Meredith (USA, 12 min)
Tiger by Wing-Yee Wu (Sweden/USA, 15 min)
"A Telephone Spec Commercial" by Seo Yun Hong (South Korea/USA, 2 min)


March, 2010
PYSANKA: The Ukrainian Easter Egg

Screened with each adult pysanka workshop, during pysanka demonstrations by artists, and school pysanka workshops.
Directed by Slavko Nowytski
USA, 1976
Internationally acclaimed 14 minute film by Slavko Nowytski featuring pysanka artist Luba Perchyshyn. Artistically shows the decorating process of Ukrainian Easter Eggs while explaining historic and spiritual background.


February 25–28, 2010
Kinofest NYC

Film festival debut at The Ukrainian Museum

The first-ever Kinofest NYC film festival, dedicated to celebrating independent cinema from Ukraine and other post-Soviet bloc countries, takes place at The Ukrainian Museum February 25-28. The festival is a new voice in the New York cinema community that features films and filmmakers emerging from the memory of the Iron Curtain. Inspired by two Kyiv-based film festivals – Molodist (Youth) and Vidkryta Nich (Open Night) – Kinofest NYC provides an intriguing look at independent film coming from the former Soviet Union.

The four-day, six-session festival will include feature documentaries, shorts, and animations, with presentations by filmmakers and guest speakers. All films are in English or include English subtitles.

The Ukrainian Museum is a founding sponsor of the independent film festival kinofestNYC.com, established in 2010.

View the complete Kinofest NYC 2010 program (PDF 1.6MB).


February 25, 2010 7 p.m.
Kinofest NYC

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania
Directed by Jonas Mekas
1971, 88 min.
Wikipedia: Documentary film by Jonas Mekas that revolves around his trip back to Semeniskiai, the village of his birth. The film was named to the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress in 2006, for its "cultural, aesthetic, or historical significance".
Presenters: Jonas Mekas, founding director of New York's Anthology Film Archives, one of the world's largest and most important repositories of avant-garde films, and Annette Michelson, Professor Emeritus of Cinema Studies at New York University


February 26, 2010 7 p.m.
Kinofest NYC

The Fourth Wave
Directed by Viktoria Melnykova
2008, 80 min.
Ukrainian with English subtitles
This is the first installment of a documentary series by filmmaker Viktoria Melnykova about the commonly described "fourth wave" of Ukrainian immigration to the West, this latest wave having started following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Melnykovas film focuses on the story of a frustrated composer who is not able to develop a fulfilling musical career in an independent Ukraine and immigrates to a small town in Italy to pursue his creative interests. The composer is just one of tens of thousands of highly educated Ukrainians who over the last two decades have chosen to leave the familiar in search of a happier and more prosperous life in the West.
Presenter: Dr. Yuri Shevchuk, founder of the Ukrainian Film Club at Columbia University


February 27, 2010 5 p.m.
Kinofest NYC

Animations and Film Shorts by Young Ukrainian Filmmakers
Ukrainian filmmaker Bohdana Smyrnova introduces film shorts created by graduates of Kyivs Karpenko-Kary film school. Following the screening (a NYC premiere for many of the shorts), she will speak about her colleagues careers and the unique aspects of studying film production in Kyiv compared to New York City.

(A Trouble by the Lake)
Filmmaker Slava Feofilaktov
(Next)
Filmmaker Anatoliy Lavrenishyn
(Caffee Grounds)
Filmmaker Alexandra Ilmenska
Happy-End
Filmmaker Serhiy Kotok
(Lullaby)
Filmmaker Oleh Tsurikov
(The Oath)
Filmmaker Maryna Vroda
(Against the Sun)
Filmmaker Valentyn Vasyanovych
(The Velvet Season)
Filmmaker Olexandra Khrebtova


February 27, 2010 8 p.m.
Kinofest NYC

Power Trip
Directed by Paul Devlin
2003, 85 min.
Georgian with English subtitles
Corruption, assassination, street rioting, and absurd culture clashes highlight the electricity crisis in post-Soviet Tbilisi, Georgia, providing an emotional and dramatic case study of traumatic transition from communism to capitalism. AES Corp., the American power company, has purchased the privatized electricity distribution company in Tbilisi, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. AES manager Piers Lewis must now train the formerly communist population to pay for its electricity. The Georgians, meanwhile, devise ever more clever ways to get it for free. Amid hot tempers and high drama, Lewis balances his love for the Georgian people with the hardships his company creates for them as they struggle to build a nation from the rubble of the Soviet collapse.

Rose Revolution of 2003
Directed by Paul Devlin
2003, 9 mins.
Georgian with English subtitles
Five-time Emmy-winning director Paul Devlin with be present to introduce his films and lead the Q&A discussion.


February 28, 2 p.m.
Kinofest NYC

solidarity.
Directed by Joan Schimke
Written and produced by Eva Nagorski
2005, 21 min.
This short film is set in 1982 communist Poland during the time of marshal law. A young couple gathers to celebrate their wedding anniversary with their closest friends. During the get-together, a simple accident creates an unexpected turn of events, and in a matter of minutes, life-long friendships are destroyed.
Presenters: Damian Kolodiy with Joan Schimke and Eva Nagorski

Lekcja Białoruskiego (A Lesson of Belorusian)
Directed by Mirosław Dembiński
2006, 55 min.
Belarusan, Polish w/Eng subtitles
This film focuses on supporters of a local lyceum in Minsk, founded in the early 1990s with the aim of raising an elite Belarusan intelligentsia. However, in 1995, the lyceum is labeled a banned educational institution by President Lukashenka, forcing its students to continue their studies behind closed doors. The film culminates with the 2006 presidential elections, during which Belarusans struggle for their right to be heard.
Presented by Damian Kolodiy


February 28, 2010 5 p.m.
Kinofest NYC

ϳ (Pictograph)
Directed by Mišo and Lida Suchý
2007, 21 min.
Ukrainian with English subtitles
Color folk drawings and black and white photography stills are animated to create a tapestry weaving together vignettes of life in the village of Kryvorivnya in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine, where to this day the passage of time has its own pace.

(I Am a Monument to Myself)
Directed by Dmytro Tiazhlov
2009, 55 min.
Ukrainian with English subtitles
Mr. Hvatov performs an important social mission in his community: he brings attention to memory and reconciliation by creating memorials that mark the lives of people and soldiers who have found their final resting place in his western Ukrainian town. Director Dmytro Tiazhlov captures the essence of this eccentric gentleman who, with his homespun philosophy and a sense of humor, combines cosmopolitanism and asceticism with an active and provocative role in the daily life of his community.

(A Parched Land)
Directed by Taras Tomenko
2004, 25 min
No dialogue
A man discovers an angel in the desert, brings the angel home and locks him up, but soon realizes the economic benefits of his treasure. He sets up shop and begins charging people for a glimpse of the angel.

Session presented by writer, painter, and professor, Alexander Motyl. His novels include Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, Flippancy, and The Jew Who Was Ukrainian. His art is represented by The Tori Collection. The author or editor of more than 20 academic books and a specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the Soviet Union, Motyl teaches at Rutgers University, Newark. He lives in New York City.


January 27, 2010, 7 p.m.
The Soviet Story
Directed by Edvins Snore
2008, 85 min.
English

Wikipedia: The Soviet Story is a 2008 documentary film about Soviet Communism and SovietGerman collaboration before 1941 written and directed by Edvins Snore and sponsored by the UEN Group in the European Parliament.

The film features interviews with western and Russian historians such as Norman Davies and Boris Sokolov, Russian writer Viktor Suvorov, Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, members of the European Parliament and the participants, as well as the victims of Soviet terror.

The film argues that there were close philosophical, political and organizational connections between the Nazi and Soviet systems before and during the early stages of World War II.[1] It highlights the Great Purge as well as the Great Famine, MolotovRibbentrop Pact, Katyn massacre, Gestapo-NKVD collaboration, Soviet mass deportations and medical experiments in the GULAG.


January 15–17, 2010
Orange Weekend of Film

The Orange Weekend of Film is a collection of documentary films related to the "Orange Revolution," [see Wikipedia] a series of protests and political events that took place in Ukraine from late November 2004 to January 2005, in the immediate aftermath of the run-off vote of the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election which was claimed to be marred by massive corruption, voter intimidation and direct electoral fraud.

"Orange Weekend" was curated by filmmaker Damian Kolodiy.


January 15, 2010, 7 p.m.
Orange Revolution
Produced and directed by Steve York
2007, 106 min.
English

Wikipedia: Orange Revolution is a 2007 feature-length documentary produced by York Zimmerman Inc. and directed by Steve York capturing the massive street protests that followed the rigged 2004 presidential elections in the Ukraine (a.k.a. the Orange Revolution).

Orange Revolution website


January 16, 2010, 7 p.m.
The Orange Chronicles
Produced and directed by Damian Kolodiy
2004, 96 min.
English/Ukrainian, English subtitles

IMDB: The 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine was a massive civil demonstration for democracy and against electoral fraud. Millions of empassioned citizens braved freezing weather conditions to fight against stolen elections and to protest the poisoning of their candidate, Victor Yushchenko. From Kyiv to Donetsk, from Odessa, to Lviv, the filmmaker personally engaged with Ukrainians on all sides of the debate to compile "The Orange Chronicles", a personal account of three months spent in the midst of this unique, peaceful uprising. The film explored what motivated the people to activate, as well as the emotional conflicts among a bitterly divided populace, as highlighted in "The Train of Friendship" caravan to censored "Blue" regions of Ukraine. The film is a tribute to the human spirit, whose yearning for freedom, justice and the pursuit of happiness will not be denied. In the process of documenting the Orange Revolution, Kolodiy rediscovers his own modern Ukrainian identity and comes to understand the personal imperatives behind one nation's fight for justice. Written by Samantha Merley

The Orange Chronicles website


January 17, 2010, 7 p.m.
Dwarfs Go to Ukraine
Produced and directed by Mirosław Dembiński
2005, 58 min.
Polish/Ukrainian/English subtitles
Presented by Mirosław Dembiński and producer Mirosława Dembińska

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA): After the introduction of the Martial Law in Poland, walls bore anti-government slogans such as: "There's no freedom without Solidarity." The authorities were painting over them – all of Poland was suddenly covered with white spots. It was then that Major Fydrych had an ingenious idea to paint dwarfs on them. Next, the dwarfs left the walls, went out onto the streets and began to organize happenings under slogans "There's no freedom without Dwarfs." The disoriented police arrested dwarfs in orange hats. Communism had reached the extremes of absurdity. It was in this way that dwarfs have contributed to the fall of communism. When the "Orange Revolution" began in Ukraine, Polish dwarfs took it upon themselves to support the movement.

Dwarfs Go to Ukraine website

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