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Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski to Exec Produce Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Doc (Exclusive)

Oscar-winning cinematographer and long-time Steven Spielberg collaborator Janusz Kaminski has boarded a new short documentary examining the Ukrainian refugee crisis as executive producer. Ukrayintsi u Vyhnanni (Ukrainians in Exile) comes from director Janek Ambros and was shot in March in the Polish city of Przemysl. Due to its location near the Ukrainian border, Premzsyl became […]

Mark Hamill Joins Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Army Fundraising Effort

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has tapped Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill to help fundraise for his country’s military effort against an invading Russia. The star has been named an ambassador of Ukraine’s UNITED24 fundraising platform, the initiative announced Thursday. Hamill will be suitably tasked with helping to raise funds to purchase drones for the Ukrainian […]

Russia Boycotts 2023 Oscars, Will Not Submit Film for International Feature Category

In a further sign of Russia’s withdrawal from contact with the Western world, the country’s film academy has unveiled that it will not be submitting a film for the upcoming 2023 international Oscar race. The Oscars boycott comes amid growing tensions between Washington and Moscow in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. […]

Polish City Cancels Roger Waters Gigs, Urges Him to Visit Ukraine

The Polish city of Krakow cancelled gigs by Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters because of his sympathetic stance toward Russia in its war against Ukraine, a local councilman said Monday, inviting the singer to visit Ukraine with him to see the extent of Russian crimes. Councilman Lukasz Wantuch said the city owns the arena where […]

Oliver Stone on New Documentary ‘Nuclear’ and Why the U.S. Needs to Work With Russia to Solve the Climate Crisis

In the film business, as in politics, timing is everything. And the timing of Nuclear, Oliver Stone’s new documentary, could hardly be worse. The doc, which premiered out of competition at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 9 and is being sold worldwide by the Gersh Agency, is a plea for world powers to […]

Russian Dissident Gains Entry to Canada for Toronto Film Festival Premiere

Russian dissident Anastasia Shevchenko has managed to secure a Canadian visa to attend the Toronto Film Festival just hours before a short film about her, Anastasia, was set to screen here. After a world premiere at Telluride for Australian director Sarah McCarthy’s film about Shevchenko, the Russian activist was unable to get across the U.S.-Canadian […]

‘ABC World News Tonight’ Anchor David Muir Travels to Ukraine, Says Volodymyr Zelensky “Determined to Use Every Tool” to Keep West Engaged

Just a few weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year, ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir was the first American correspondent to interview the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky. Six months later, the war in Ukraine drags on, with Ukraine having defended Kyiv, and now weighing a counteroffensive in the East. Meanwhile, what had […]

How Europe’s Film Industry Is Backing Ukraine in the Culture War With Russia

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s impassioned speech, delivered Wednesday during the opening ceremony of the Venice Film Festival, was a reminder to the international film industry not to ignore or forget the war raging on Europe’s eastern borders. “Your opinion is important, and your voice counts,” Zelensky said in his recorded video, calling on the film […]

Jessica Chastain Details Trip to Ukraine Amid War: “I Needed a Few Weeks to Process Everything I Saw”

Jessica Chastain is beginning to share details from her trip to Ukraine amid the ongoing war with Russia, during which she met with President Volodymyr Zelensky. In a series of statements posted to her Twitter on Thursday, the 355 and Molly’s Game actress details the long journey to the country, also including a 50-second video […]

Filmmakers for Ukraine to Receive Humanitas’ Kieser Award

Filmmakers for Ukraine have been named the 2022 recipients of arts organization Humanitas’ Kieser Award for the group’s work connecting members of Ukraine’s film and TV community impacted by the Russia-Ukrainian War with resources, jobs and funding for basic needs. The independent group of European filmmakers, who came together following the Russian invasion of Ukraine […]

Venice Film Festival to Hold “Ukrainian Day’ in Solidarity With Ukraine and Its Artists

The Venice Film Festival is showing its solidarity with the people of Ukraine and the country’s film industry, by hosting a “Ukrainian Day” at the 79th Venice Festival. Planned for Thursday, Sept. 8, Ukrainian Day will feature a number of initiatives that focus attention on the plight of Ukrainian artists and filmmakers within the context […]

Poland Remake of Volodymyr Zelensky Sitcom ‘Servant of the People’ in the Works

Polish broadcaster Polsat has commissioned a local-language remake of Servant of the People, the Ukrainian comedy that launched the political career of President Volodymyr Zelensky. Currently under production under the local title Sluga Narodu, the Polish version of the series features local star Marcin Hycnar as an ordinary man who is unwittingly elected president. Maciej […]