See-K Cooperative

SEE-K Cooperative

SEE-K Cooperative is the creative branch of See Kyiv focused on producing content set in and about Ukraine. Projects include DROP TO THE FLOOR about the vogue dance scene in Kyiv and I NEVER HAD DREAMS OF MY SON, which has featured in The New Yorker’s award-winning documentary series. 

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, olena.v.lysenko@gmail.com, +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.

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OLENA-LYSENKO
Jason Blevins 

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.
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Olena Lysenko

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.

olena.v.lysenko@gmail.com