Hi, I’m Michael Kingsbury,
There are three GULAG films. Gulag Barashevo (2015), Gulag Vorkuta (2016), Gulag Magadan (2017). This site and its sister site, gulagfilms.org, are run by myself Michael Kingsbury who was the Writer/Director/Producer/Cameraman of all three Gulag films ( I did nearly everything, writing, storyboarding, pre-production, casting, production, grip, gaffing, equipment rentals, transportation, directing, DP, editing, distribution, all of it). Celtic-Films is just me, I only hired sound crew, which doubled as grips, gaffers. These three feature length Gulag films are different from the two short Gulag films by the same name (Gulag Barashevo, the Short; and Gulag Vorkuta, the Short) I made in 2013 and early 2014.
The Productions Due to the extremely low budget and grueling cold and altitude, I faced numerous crew and cast drop outs, so I often had to hire other crew and even re-cast and re-write (at nights, getting no sleep, before a shoot) to keep the productions going. It was a constant changing battle to replace crew and cast, as stress and burnout was high. For example on Gulag Barashevo I hired a 2nd DP for one day, and another B cam op for another 4 days, on Gulag Vorkuta I hired for some shoots an extra PA/AD who also did, grip, and sound boom/recording.
The Profits All proceeds go to recovering the costs of making these films ($2,500 each approximately), and then after that, all proceeds are split equally between myself, the Writer/Director/Producer/Cameraman, and the Actors. On some films all Actors and myself shared exactly equal share of profit. On the last film, the lead Actors and myself each got an equal share, and the supporting actors a smaller share. The main reason these films are for a very minimal streaming or download fee is to pay the Actors as I have a responsibility to get them whatever profits I can as that was our profit sharing agreement, and they worked extremely hard, volunteering their time and life blood, to make these Gulag films. They will be extremely grateful to be paid for their great talents and efforts in what was very difficult, often Winter snow freezing conditions at 8,500 ft elevation.
All profits go to the makers (myself Michael Kingsbury, and the Actors) of these films. The crew payment costs were paid during production and are part of the approx. $2,500 production cost of each of the feature length films.
At CELTIC-FILMS we make Indie Human Rights films.
Human Rights films about the Marxist U.S.S.R. GULAG. I, Michael Kingsbury, singlehandedly struggled to make these films over a 5 year period 2013-1018. To tell the story that has never been told, the 50-65 million people were were killed in genocide of the Marxist USSR Gulag camps.
As artists and humanitarians, we believe that bringing awareness to the genocide of over 65,000,000 mainly European people (Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Poles, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, Hungarians, Slovakians, Slovenians, Germans, Finns, Karelians, Serbians, Croatians, Romanians, Bulgarians, Moldovians) is important.
If we do not remember the past and feel for the human suffering, then we will not move forward as humanity, and we may very well repeat it. Each film made for about $2,500, don’t expect $100 million Hollywood finished films. These are raw, hard, unique films. The first films to even mention 65 million were killed in the Marxist USSR and 10 million in the Holodomor.
Rough, rugged, independent, low-budget feature length films on GULAG dissidents. Please help support the ongoing publicity campaign to make sure every person knows about Marxist USSR GULAG genocide. If you have any problems with streaming and viewing, just email me directly at gulagmagadan [at] tutanota [dot] com.