Ellina Sattarova

Ellina Sattarova is enrolled in a joint Film/Slavic Studies PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her BA in Linguistics and Teaching Methodology from the Moscow State Linguistic University and her MA in German Literature and Film from the University of Montana. Among her research interests are contemporary Russian cinema, fairy tale motifs in film, and their role in …

Alexander Prokhorov

Alexander Prokhorov teaches Russian and Film at the College of William & Mary.  He is co-editor of Cinemasaurus: Russian Film in Contemporary Context (with Nancy Condee and Elena Prokhorova, 2020) and co-author of Film and Television Genres of the Late Soviet Era (with Elena Prokhorova 2017). His articles and reviews have been published in Journal of Film and Video, KinoKultura, …

Elena Prokhorova

Elena Prokhorova teaches Russian and Film and Media Studies at the College of William and Mary. Her research focuses on identity discourses in late Soviet and post-Soviet media.  She is co-editor (with Nancy Condee and Alexander Prokhorov) of Cinemasaurus: Russian Film in Contemporary Context (2020) and co-author (with Alexander Prokhorov) of the Film and Television Genres of the Late Soviet …

Laura Pontieri

Laura Pontieri (Ph.D. Yale University) is a researcher on Russian cinema and European animation. She taught Soviet cinema and animation at the University of Toronto for many years, and she is currently working on a monograph on the renown Russian director Fedor Khitruk. She is the author of the book Soviet Animation and The Thaw of the 1960s. Not Only for Children (2012), as well as …

Eva Ivanilova

Eva Ivanilova  is a PhD student in the interdisciplinary Film Studies and Slavic Program. She is working at the crossing point of Russian intellectual history, film theory, and political economy. Primarily, her research is focused on regional film practices in modern Russia that are included in a broader framework of geopolitical and geoeconomic demarcations. Her publications have appeared in KinoKultura, Iskusstvo kino, …

Neepa Majumdar

Neepa Majumdar is Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Wanted Cultured Ladies Only! Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s to 1950s (University of Illinois Press, 2009). Her research interests include film sound, star studies, South Asian early cinema, and documentary film. She is co-editor of …

Kostas Marsaan

Kostas Marsaan is a native Sakha film director. He studied history and political science at Yakutsk State University, and theater direction at the Moscow workshop of Alla Surikova and Vladimir Fokin. Since 2010, he has worked as a director, film editor, screenwriter at Art Doydu Production Company, for which he directed his debut, the mystery thriller My Killer. In 2016, the film entered the …

Marianna Siegen

Marianna Siegen is a native Sakha female film producer. She started her career as an organizer of various public events—from national festivals and political campaigns to theatrical musicals. In 2010, she produced her first film (Leaving Hong-Kong) and a year after, founded Art Doydu Production Company. As a CEO of the company, Marianna has leaded projects that brought her more than …

Stanislav Sokolov

Stanislav Sokolov is a Russian stop-motion animation director, an artist, and a screenwriter. He has graduated from The Gerasimov All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1971, where he was studying under the prominent director, Ivan Ivanov-Vano. Since then, he has worked at different film studios, such as Soyuzmultfilm, DEFA, Christmasfilms, and S4C.  He is currently teaching at VGIK, where he also chairs the …

Michele Leigh

Michele Leigh is an independent scholar who writes about gender in film and television, as well as Russian cinema and animation. A 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar in Russia, Leigh conducted research for a manuscript on female industrial labor in the film industry prior to 1917. She has published articles on historiography, early Russian cinema, and films of the Thaw. Along with …