US PREMIERES of IVAN AND IVAN by Russian indigenous filmmaker PHILIPP ABRYUTIN

INDIGENOUS FILMMAKER FROM RUSSIA TO HAVE U.S. PREMIERE OF THE SHORT FILM “IVAN AND  IVAN” AT THE 2010 DOCUMENTARY FORTNIGHT AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART AND THE SXSW FILM + MUSIC FESTIVAL

NEW YORK, NY and AUSTIN, TX—Two prestigious and competitive film festivals, MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight (February 17—March 3) and SXSW Film + Music Conference (March 12—20) have selected an international newcomer, Russian indigenous filmmaker Philipp Abryutin, to premiere his short documentary about an indigenous family’s way of life in contemporary Russia, “Ivan and Ivan” to U.S. audiences this spring.

Ivan and Ivan” is a tenderly moving film about a nine-year-old Eveny boy (Evens are a reindeer herding tribe in the Magadan region of Russia) who lives with his grandmother and grandfather. Raised to live off the land and care for their reindeer, we see the strong bond between grandfather and grandson in their everyday lives. The film’s end will surprise most audiences and particularly U.S. audiences whose understanding of Russian policies with their Native people are slim to none. Even for Russian people today, many do not even realize indigenous people still exist in Russia.

For a young and fairly unknown filmmaker from the northeastern arctic region of Russia to showcase his first work outside of film school to U.S. audiences at the internationally recognized film programs of The Museum of Modern (MoMA) Art’s Documentary Fortnight program, an annual showcase of outstanding documentaries, and the competitive Academy-qualifying South by Southwest (SXSW) Film + Music Conference in Austin, Texas, the results are compelling to predict that U.S. and global audiences alike will be keeping their eye on Philipp Abryutin and his work.

For Abryutin, a humble twenty-four year-old filmmaker, the exposure and selection of his films to international audiences is stunning. For a Chukchi, an indigenous reindeer herding people from a remote and icy corner of the world, the opportunity to bring Russian indigenous way of life to global audiences is a driving force behind his motivation to make films.

Magadan is a neighboring region to Chukotka, where I am from. I met the family in this documentary when I was traveling on the tundra. After just a short time, we became close friends—I could feel their lives and the deep connections they shared. I had my camera with me and began filming their story. As the filmmaker of this documentary, I’m really interested in seeing it brought to many different kinds of audiences and hearing their reactions. The story of the grandfather and grandson really touched me, and I hope it will be the same for audiences who watch this film.” (Philipp Abryutin)

Philipp Abryutin (Chukchi) was born in 1986 in the Chukotka region of Russia. His parents Larisa and Mikhail Abryutin were doctors in a mobile medical group dedicated to traveling the tundra and coasts of Chukotka to treat patients living outside cities and villages. When he was thirteen, his parents moved to Moscow to further their careers and by the time he was fourteen he won an international writing competition in which excerpts from this story have been published in magazines and newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, the Ford Report and Russia’s Northern Lights magazine. Since then, he has received his Masters from the famous VGIK/All-Russian State University of Cinematography whose faculty and alumni include Russian film greats Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Alexander Sokurov and Andrei Tarkovsky. His Master’s film project in 2008, “Prevention of Repeated Crimes” won several awards at the 28th Moscow International Film Festival including the Spectator Award given to the best student film. Currently he works in Russian television and is pursuing his Ph.D in Film Dramaturgy at his alma mater.

Screening dates for “Ivan and Ivan” at Doc Fortnight and SXSW Film + Music Conference:

Documentary Fortnight | MoMA | New York, NY:
Thursday, February 25, 4:30 p.m., Theater 1 (T1);
Friday, February 26, 7:00 p.m., Theater 1 (T1);

SXSW Film + Music Conference | Austin, TX:
Monday, March 15, 4:00 PM, Hideout
Thursday, March 18, 11:30 AM, Alamo Lamar 3

The 2010 edition of Documentary Fortnight, MoMA‘s ninth annual festival of international nonfiction film, includes 20 feature and 23 mid-length and short documentaries that represent the wide range of creative categories that extend the idea of the documentary form. Established in 2001, MoMA‘s annual two-week showcase of recent nonfiction film and video takes place each February. On view in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters at MoMA from February 17 through March 3, 2010. http://www.moma.org

The SXSW Film Conference and Festival is a uniquely creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers lucrative networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film. The internationally acclaimed, nine-day Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent, with a truly diverse program ranging from provocative documentaries to subversive Hollywood comedies. SXSWeek 2010: March 12-2, Interactive: March 12-16, Film: March 12-20, Music: March 17-21www.sxsw.com

For Press kits including hi-res images and press screeners, contact Michelle Svenson or Robert Cangiano at Killer Whale PR+M.

Meet me at SXSW 2010 (http://sxsw.com)

IVAN AND IVAN Website Coming Soon!

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