Dissident, former GRU officer, Elizabeta in the USSR finds herself in a GULAG death camp.
Marxist Censorship leads to genocide. Genocide of tens of millions of Artists, Writers, Actors, Musicians, Scientists, Teachers, in fact anybody who spoke up, who had a very Human opinion were censored, silenced and sent to GULAG death camps. Never Again can we allow such dehumanization of our fellow Human Beings.
As an Artist and Filmmaker, seeing tens of millions of my fellow Artists killed in the Marxist USSR GULAG is something that touches me deeply.
This film is about Dissidents in the Marxist USSR GULAG and about the real reasons they were sent there, not because they committed any legitimate crime, but because they had very Human qualities, such as Conscience, Spiritual connection, Feelings.
Whitney Wegman as TATIANA, an extremely layered, authentic performance.
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GULAG BARASHEVO: POST PRODUCTION
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2015 GULAG BARASHEVO (2015), 2ND QC completed, over 22 fixes corrected. Edited shorter to 136 min for better quality compression on DVD and Blu-ray.
UPDATE: JULY 25, 2015 GULAG BARASHEVO (2015) QC (Quality Check) for the film took took 18 hrs of sessions. Just finished. There needs to be several subtitles shifted, new subtitles created and placed. Two areas have to be re-cut on pix, deleted and shifted in film, but no significant pix editing. Film is good to watch and solid. We still need to add the Camp loudspeakers, but that can wait till Verson 2 is released in a few more weeks. I want Version 1 to go out within the month of July.
UPDATE: JULY 19, 2015 GULAG BARASHEVO (2015) Sound Mix finished. Pro-Tools with new ambient psychological sound by another composer added. Marchenko’s score is still prominent.
UPDATE: JUNE 11, 2015
Opening sequence is finished and spliced into film. A low-res Music Copy 1 and 2 is being rendered, with TC window burned in, for the composers to work from. Final cut is 2hr. 50 min. I will try to cut it down to 2hr 30 min if possible. Subtitling is underway.
The production ordeal is over. Stamina was tested on icy slopes and snow storms above 8,500 ft. A few shoots may remain, but the feature is set, enough scenes are in the can for a feature edit.
I want to thank everybody, cast and crew, who persevered to create this film. There still may be a few shoot days left. But the cut is rolling into final now. We have probably about 200 mins of film, over 3 hrs, that can easily be cut down to a 2 hr feature.
Every season of the Gulag life has been captured, Summer, Spring, Autumn, Winter, as well as the seasons of the lives of the Dissidents.
UPDATE: 8TH SHOOT HAS OCCURRED. APRIL 23, 2015 – SHOT in SNOW FLURRIES at 8,500 ft elevation, freezing cold Alpine forest. This day alone cut in 32 finished mins of the feature film.
UPDATE: 4TH, 5TH, 6TH, 7TH SHOOTS HAVE OCCURRED. APRIL 7-10, 2015
UPDATE: 3RD SHOOT HAS OCCURRED. MARCH 27, 2015
UPDATE: 2ND SHOOT HAS OCCURRED. MARCH 13, 2015
UPDATE: 1ST SHOOT HAS OCCURRED. FEB. 18, 2015
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 as VERA. 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.
Haydn Winston as VLAD. Haydn performs the lead male role brings an incredibly strong, remarkably Solzhenitsyn-type spirit to this unbreakable lead role. Watching Haydn perform this role is like watching the young Solzhenitsyn in the Gulag camps. Quiet, extreme inner strength. A true Gulag survivor portrayal.
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.
Lana Gulevich 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.
Andrew Novell delivers one of the most powerful Russian Gulag inmate portrayals ever seen on screen, takes the role of NIKOLAI. His Russian accent is perfect. He brings an extremely real and powerful force to the character of Nikolai.
Gunita Jansone of Latvian descent, utilizes her fluent Russian to bring a commanding presence to the role of GUNA.
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.
Alla Arutyunyan 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.
Dave Bresnahan can put on a great persona of a GULAG COMMISSAR. You can’t stop watching him.
Hyun Min Kil and Nikos Siozos are the two leading GULAG GUARDS They both bring an amazing creative acting ability to their roles, developing the Guard characters fully, are the two leading GULAG GUARDS They both bring an amazing creative acting ability to their roles, developing their Guard characters fully.
Andrey Vasilev Brings a real Russian power and strength to his Gulag Commissar 2 character. Electrifying to watch, Andrey takes over the screen with an authentic Russian Gulag Commissar power.
Forest Baker unleashes an extremely powerful performance as a Gulag Dissident, Fyodor. Magnetic to watch, the height of authenticity of suffering.
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.
New storyboards for the new script:
DONATE page has been updated with direct contact information.
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, physical and spiritual.
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.
Celtic-Films.com needs your help to make a feature! Hello, I’m Michael Kingsbury, I’m the Producer and Director of Celtic-Films.com film productions. I come from the The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. I have produced and directed a number of narrative films featuring long and intense dramatic dialogue. And now Gulag Barashevo the feature film with long takes of dramatic action in a Gulag camp, a Soviet Apt, two Commissar offices and deep snow woods. The determined and undeniably heroic team from Celtic-Films is making their first second feature length movie, Gulag Barashevo. That’s right, the filmmaker sensations behind:
•Gulag Barashevo, the web’s best Gulag short film.
•Gulag Vorkuta, the web’s 2nd best Gulag short film.
•Independence Pass, a riveting drama in 16mm film.
•Crazy River, 16mm 90 min feature film focusing on true story of radical activists
•Hazel’s Portfolio, the world’s rawest 16mm sensation.
•Rulision Files, the world’s series DV sensation.
As a production group, Celtic-Films.com has feature length film experience. We need your help to increase the budget and make this Gulag film happen with a partial set built in the snow of the high-altitude California mountains.
The Set Construction
3D CGI VFX of Gulag Camps
Film Production of Emotion, Feeling, Heresy, Alternative.