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Frame Work, a six-part screening series

Monday, March 8, 2021

Time: 6 pm -7:30 pm Moscow Time (Russia) / 10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time (USA)

Eight Images from the Life of Nastya Sokolova

Vladlena Sandu and Alena Kotova

2018, 30 min.


Anastasia Sokolova graduated from one of the most prestigious universities in Russia with a de-gree in journalism, but her professional journey was as a collector in the bank to the administra-tor in a cheap illegal bordello.

Three Songs About Liberation

Cauleen Smith

2017, 10 min.


Three women declaim excerpts from Gerda Lerner’s book Black Women in White America (1972), from memory, to the camera. Shot in the South Side of Chicago, this simple gesture sum-mons up several stories of African-American women during the time of slavery. While confronta-tional, there is pride in the women’s delivery.

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The first part of the Framework,  a six-part screening series featuring short films by Russian and American women filmmakers with a post-screening discussion facilitated by a moderator with the two filmmakers – March 8 6pm Zoom session. Translation will be provided. 

About Filmmakers & Moderator:

Vladlena Sandu

Vladlena Sandu was born in Crimea. In 1988 she moved to Grozny with her family. Since 1998, a forced migrant to the Stavropol Territory. Vladlena studied at the Grozny School of Music.

Graduated from the directing department of VGIK (2016). VGIK debut short fiction “Кира” (Kira) received the jury’s choice award at Kinotavr 2015, as well as awards for best direction and cinematography at VGIK International Film Festival 2015. She graduated with the short doc-umentary Holy God that won several national film festivals. Official selection at Leipzig DOK 2016, as well as International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017. Director and actress in the Orphic Games, Punk-Macrame Project, and Electrotheatre Stanislavsky. The premiere of the first epi-sode of the serial project Identification took place in the competition program Series Mania 2019. FILMOGRAPHY: (Short Film Slates) Kira Fiction (2015); Holy God (2016); Eight Im-ages from the Life of Nastya Sokolova (2018, co-director). THEATRE: Orphic Games, Punk-Macrame Project, and Electrotheatre Stanisklavsky (2018).

Alina Kotova

Alina Kotova moved to Vancouver and San Diego before returning to Russia. Studied at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) from 2012 to 2016 and worked as a theatre critic, in-terviewer, curator of special film screenings and newspaper issues in Cine Fantom. Gradu-ated from Studio of individual Directing (MIR) in 2019. Film and theatre director, producer, ac-tress, and musician. FILMOGRAPHY: God Bless (2011); Russia as a Phantasma (2017, co-au-thor); Eight Images from the Life of Nastya Sokolova (2018, co-director). THEATRE: Orphic Games, Punk-Macrame Project, and Electrotheatre Stanisklavsky (2018, Actress/Director); Sa-lome and Electrotheatre Stanislavsky (2019, Actress/Director).

Cauleen Smith

Cauleen Smith is inspired by structuralism, Third World cinema, and science fiction in her in-terdisciplinary filmmaking practice. She studied Creative Arts at San Francisco State University and obtained an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theatre Film and Television. She now works as a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her films and installations have been exhibited in The Kitchen, MCA Chicago, and Threewalls Chi-cago, and featured in many group exhibitions around the world including Houston, New York, Leipzig and Berlin.

Maria Muzdybaeva


Maria Muzdybaeva is a writer, journalist, and translator based in Saint Peters-burg, Russia. She works as a Senior Operations Manager at the Calvert 22 Foundation and is a contributing writer at The Calvert Journal, where she coordinates the Curated project and pub-lishes pieces on film, contemporary art, and social issues. She holds an MA degree in European & Russian Studies from Yale University, where her research was focused on Comparative Liter-ature and Film. https://www.mariamuzdybaeva.com.

Lisa E. Harris

actress in "Three Songs About Liberation"

Li, is an independent and interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, creative soprano, performer, composer, improvisor, writer, singer/songwriter and educator from Houston Texas. 

Recognized by Huffington Post as “one of fourteen artist transforming Opera”, Li’s work resists genre classification as she focuses on the energetic relationships between body, land, spirit and place. Using voice, theremin, photography, movement, improvisation, meditation, and new media to explore spatial awareness, substantivalism, relationalism, intuition, panoptic surveillance, sonification and personification, Li maintains a focused concentration on healing in performance and living. She is the founder and creative director of Studio Enertia, an arts collective and production company in Houston Texas. Li is the 2021 recipient of the Dorothea Tanning Award for Music/Sound, awarded by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.


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