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TOP: Oleg Vizzhachy
BOTTOM: Film still from Shakhtarnberdyr

OLEG VIZZHACHY

Program Bio
June 2009: The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in Hamilton, NY and New York City
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Oleg Vizzhachy is a director and producer of independent documentary films.  He was born in Arkhangelsk in 1974, and now lives in Moscow.  He made his first film as a high school student by shooting slide film, which he spliced together and ran through a projector.  He studied film directing at the Sverdlovsk Film Studio in Yekaterinburg, and at the renowned VGIK Institute in Moscow.  He is the general director of the Mir Kino Film Studio, which is devoted primarily to biographical films focusing on an individual, family, community group, or town.  He often works internationally, making films about people from many different backgrounds and minority groups.  His films have been shown a festivals around Russia and  Someday… Never… won the Jury Prize at the 2005 Stalker Film Festival in Moscow.