UPDATE: JAN. 25, 2015
New Vlad and Vera have been cast. Supporting actors for the roles of Lara, Nikolai, Marina, Guna, Tatiana, Aloysha, Commissar and Guards have all been cast.
GULAG BARASHEVO the feature film
UPDATE: CASTING IS COMPLETE
New complete cast is in place of great talent and depth.
Tanya Raisa Mironowski replaces Yulia Moiseenko in the lead of VERA due to a scheduling conflict with Yulia. Tanya has great gifts and talent in bringing Vera to life. Tanya’s emotion and intensity will glue audiences to their seats the world over. Tanya is fluent in Russian.
Ian Durant replaces Nick Chandler in the lead of VLAD due to a scheduling conflict with Nick. Ian brings great intelligence and power to life with a background in Shakespeare stage as well as a flawless Russian accent. His research and attention to detail is unsurpassed.
Juliana Caesar Actress of outstanding emotional range, depth and power, takes the role of MARINA. She will bring you to tears in a minute. Highly gifted. A Russian speaker. Juliana has the full keyboard of sensitivity. Her development of detail in Marina’s character brings her to life.
Svetlana Gurevich who has a background in Belarusian stage and film , and is a Russian language instructor for Belarus stage, who takes the role of LARA. An undiscovered (in the US) talent Svetlana is coming to the world stage. Her research on each role she takes on in phenomenal.
Josh Madson delivers one of the most powerful Russian Gulag inmate portrayals ever seen on screen, takes the role of NIKOLAI. His Russian accent is perfect and stems back to his early Russian character stage experience. He brings an extremely powerful force to the character of Nikolai.
Gunita Jansone-Black who has a Latvian background and is fluent in Russian takes the role of GUNA (Olga). Gunita completely owned the Olga role with so much power off the bat, that Olga was renamed Guna! Gunita’s preparation and development of all aspects of GUNA (OLGA), the detail in the characters mannerisms, hands, verbal convictions, she brought GUNA (OLGA) to new heights and movements. Gunita’s background in dance and movement teaching easily was seen in her audition. She made GUNA (OLGA), the “Guru of the Gulag”.
Whitney Wegman of Russian descent, taps into her Russian language background and tremendously sophisticated, multi-layered, acting skill to take the complex role of TATIANA. Whitney can play a character upon a character, it is the most amazing thing to see.
Rickey Minder shows great acting sensitivity and versatility, takes the role of ALOYSHA. From the snowy mountains of Idaho, she personifies the endless cold work of the GULAG.
Eddie Eisele a hugely talented veteran of film and stage is a brilliant and extremely powerful GULAG COMMISSAR. The world needs to see Eddie’s Gulag Commissar. Eddie blew out the walls of the casting room. It is unforgettable.
GULAG GUARDS (3) are about to be announced.
WE BEGIN REHEARSALS SOON.
SHOOTING WILL BE IN FEBRUARY IN THE SNOW!
Whatever we can raise, we will shoot scenes with this Winter. Parts of this film will be shot, as much as we can raise. Nothing will stop this film. Fundraising on Indiegogo has been finished. We have bought Gulag jackets and hats, barbed wire, sledgehammers, pickaxes, wood posts.
Location for snow Gulag scenes, 8,200 ft elev. Mount Pinos, CA
Script has been re-written to facilitate easy, fast, filming in a limited few days in the snow of the high altitutde forest.
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Feature Film: The Story
LOVE SURVIVES THE GULAG
The tale of Love surviving the Marxist USSR Gulags. As much as the Soviet state tried to destroy them and what they stood for…intellectual and artistic freedom, they survived, thanks to Faith. Now nothing is going to stop them. Two short films of the film have already been filmed, Gulag Barashevo (the short) and Gulag Vorkuta.
Interrogation scenes Trailer on Vimeo
Interrogation scenes Trailer on Youtube
USSR Horrors of Gulag Death Camps
GULAG BARASHEVO will be a feature film taking place in the horrors of the U.S.S.R. Gulag camps where millions died. We see mass graves. We witness last prayers before being executed for the act of praying. It is a powerful heartbreaking love story filled with the tragedy of history and an exceptional human Love. The story starts when a Dissident Poet, Vera, is torn from her husband Vlad, and brutally interrogated. Vera resists the Marxist Commissars. She is condemned to the Gulag death camps.
We think all is lost because so few had ever escaped the USSR Gulag death camps.
But something in Vlad galvanizes and he becomes the Hero of Slavic legends. Vera makes it to Freedom, she is able to escape.
The Power of Faith and Family
The Marxist USSR tried to destroy people’s individual Faiths, outside of the worship of the God of Marx. Destruction of people’s organic ability to hope and believe was key to destroying their ability to have courage and resist the inhumane Marxist system. Further in destroying the Individual was the destruction of the Family, to break the Individual the family network and support had to be destroyed. This film shows many scenes where people of Faith are persecuted, tortured. killed, dumped in mass graves. Religious Freedom was the enemy of Marxism.
Art and Beauty
Art and Beauty were considered “Bourgeois” and had to be destroyed in the Soviet system. People who had first editions of Yeats or the French editions of Dostoyevsky were sent to the Gulags and exterminated. This is a film about Beauty, natural and human-made.
The USSR had private jets, prostitutes, orgies, cocaine, vodka — but only for the Marxist oligarch elites. In fact the USSR was more decadent than the Roman Empire. For example, the Communist Party elite oligarchs flew around the country in Yak-40 luxurious private jets, while tens of millions of “Politically Incorrect” intellectuals and dissidents were suffering in the Gulag camps down below them.
1980’s Yak-40 Communist Party oligarch private jet.
Interior of 1980’s Yak-40 Communist Party oligarch private jet.
Tatania character plays the part of the courtesan, the prostitute for the Marxist elites, in scenes which show the utter moral depravity, cocaine use, “high class” prostitution, of the USSR Marxist system. Propaganda commonly portrays Marxist USSR as an almost Amish-like “austere” idyllic utopia. When it was anything but. The corruption and decadence of the USSR is shown in this film. Tatiana wears her Blackmarket Chanel dress and puts her arms around Commissars who give her cocaine and vodka. This film blasts the lid on the PC propaganda of the USSR and shows what it was really like. The Marxist Oligarchs, people say that Soviet propaganda said that there were no super-rich oligarchs, that they just magically appeared in 1991. The fact is Lenin allowed private capitol in 1923 with the NEP (New Economic Policy), and private Enterprises were allowed. These private enterprises were where the Marxist oligarchs hid their money, much as they do today. We show this corruption of the Soviet Union in this film.
Vera and Vlad show extreme individual courage in combating and eventually overcoming the oppression of the Marxist Gulag. The height of the film has them escape together — despite all odds.
This is a story that has to be told. This is a story that has never been told before.
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We need $70,500 to make this feature length film although we will make it with whatever we raise. Script is written to have mainly long dramatic scenes between actors on only a few sets. It is gripping, yet easily produced.
The Teaser: Gulag Barashevo Proof of concept trailer of 13 min short film.
The Teaser: Gulag Vorkuta Proof of concept trailer of 8 min short film.
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The Set Construction
3D CGI VFX of Gulag Camps