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Marina Goldovskaya - Russia's filmmaker

Marina GoldovskayaMarina Goldovskaya is one of Russia's best-known documentary filmmakers with a strong international reputation. She has made 32 documentary films and more than 100 TV programs for Russian, Austrian, French, German and American Television. During her long career as Director, Producer, Cinematographer and Writer, she has won virtually every prize there is to win in the area of documentary filmmaking.

In the USA, Marina first got recognition for her feature legth documentary "Solovky Power" which was the first film revealing the horrors of the Soviet concentration camps. The film premiered in the USA at the Sundance Film Festival in 1989 where it received high appreciation of the audience and a special certificate of acknowledgement from the Jury. "Solovky Power" has a world wide theatrical distribution and received several prestigious professional awards.

In 1990, she made "A Taste of Freedom" for Turner Television (TNT), giving the world the first glimpses of the effects of perestroika, started by Gorbachev, by relating the life of a Moscow journalist and his family. In “The House on Arbat Street”, which she made for Canal+ (France), through the destinies of the people who lived in one Moscow building, she told the story of Russia in the 20th century. This film had been aired on many European TV channels and in Canada, and received many international awards, such as the Best Film of the year Award at Prix Europe in 1994, The Ester Prize in Washington, DC, and the Grand Prix at the Film Festival in Monte Carlo.

Parallel to her career as a filmmaker, Goldovskaya has pursued a teaching and academic carreer. She taught documentary in Moscow State University (1966-1995) and has written six books on documentary filmmaking. "A Woman With A Movie Camera" was featured at her booksigning during the Santa Fe Film Festival Milagro Awards. Marina currently heads the documentary film program in the School of Theatre, Film & Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also served as a visiting professor at UC San Diego, Vassar College and California State University, Northridge (USA) before becoming a full-time professor at UCLA in 1995.

The 2007 Santa Fe Film Festival honored Marina with their Luminaria Award presenting the Goldovskaya retrospective. "The House on Arbat Street" (1993), "The Prince is Back" (2004) were featured. " Solvky Power", her groundbreaking film on Stalin's gulags, anchored the Tribute.

The Santa Fe Film Festival is grateful to Francesca Ursone, Moscow Art Theatre and actress who brought Marina Goldovskaya into the Santa Fe Film Festival. They appeared, along with legendary casting director Lynn Stahlmaster, actor/producer Valentin DeVargas in a prestigious panel examining the legacy of Lee Strasberg, famed acting teacher. Jon Bowman, executive director and Stephen Rubin, deputy director of the Santa Fe Film Festival, are appreciate to the beauty and creative career of their Luminaria, Marina Goldovskaya.

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Photographer Linda Carfagno

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