A still from Loban's critically acclaimed film, Dust


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April and May 2007: New York and the Athens Film Festival, Athens, Ohio
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Sergey Loban was born in 1972 in Moscow. He is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics. Like many of his compatriots who grew up during perestroika and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, he experimented with various occupations and businesses from selling matryoshkas to foreign tourists to assembling furniture for the Russian nouveau riche. In 1995, he started a club which became the epicenter of Moscow underground culture and hosted exhibitions, rock concerts, performances and the first Moscow rave parties.

In 1997, Loban started working for Moscow TV. A year later, he became director of popular youth programs broadcast by one of the few nationwide Russian TV channels, Russian Public Television (ORT). At this time Loban founded “SVOI 2000,” a creative group that produced videos about youth culture and made its own video-art pieces. Later the group started working as an independent studio. In 2001, it produced the award-winning Incident with a Guy, a feature film based on a script by a Belarusian underground leader.

In 2002, after several futile attempts to find funding, Loban started directing Dust using his own resources. The film was finished in 2005 with a budget of $3,000. It received the highest Critics’ Choice Award at the Moscow International Film Festival and was presented at film festivals across Russia, as well as in Rotterdam and in a special program at Cannes.