I Never Had Dreams of My Son
In August 2014, Oleksii disappeared during the devastating Battle of Ilovaisk in eastern Ukraine. Five years later, his father searches for hope Oleksii survived in Ukrainian folklore and modern technology. After watching hundreds of YouTube videos, he discovers a man resembling his son in a prisoner march in the occupied city of Donetsk. But after so many years, can this evidence lead to his son’s return?
Read The New Yorker article about the film here.
Production company: SEE-K Cooperative
Contact: Olena Lysenko, producer, firstname.lastname@example.org, +380506948452
Drop To The Floor: Inside Vogue Culture in Kyiv
In Kyiv, vogue parties create a family-like atmosphere where women and the LGBTQ+ community can dance and explore their personalities in a safe place beyond the hostility of many nightclubs. Like any other dance style, voguing is primarily about self-expression and enjoying yourself. Yet, the style is only a small part of it. Voguing emerged in Harlem, New York during the 1980’s as a response to discrimination and as a way to pursue a safe environment primarily for queer people of color.
Jason Blevins has worked as a camera operator for the past eight years. His work has been featured on National Geographic, Discovery Channel, independent documentaries and more. He has directed a few online documentaries, such as A Hybrid War (2017) and Drop To the Floor: Inside Vogue Culture in Kyiv (2018). I Never Had Dreams Of My Son is his most personal project yet, emerging from raw footage he shot during the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.
Olena Lysenko is a Ukrainian producer, founder of seekyiv.com and co-founder of See-K Cooperative. She is a head of PR at Legal Hundred NGO, one of the leading Ukrainian organizations that advocates for veterans rights. Olena Lysenko was a coordinator of national competition of short films at 46th Molodist International Film Festival. Producer of Drop To the Floor: Inside Vogue Culture in Kyiv (2018). Worked as local producer and fixer for National Geographic, Vice, NPR.