Woman in the Mirror


TYPE
: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Production

LOGLINE

A graduate of the prestigious Vaganova Academy and a driven ballerina, toes her way from being a principal dancer of the Boston Ballet to leading a diverse group of ballet students, as she navigates the challenges of running her elite school.

SYNOPSIS

Nestled in a small New England town is a powerhouse of a ballet school. Its genesis includes the dramatic story of a prima ballerina defecting from Russia, the tenuous climb to financial and artistic freedom, and a no-holds-barred student international competition.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

While my every film has its own special story, my films do share a thematic interest that primarily concerns a cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding and, often, the main characters struggle to make a difference in the world. This is true about my documentary “Prima”, a story of an extraordinary ballerina, who pushes the boundaries of the classic ballet of the formerly Soviet Russia, displaying a soulful exuberance and passion for dance. In my documentary “From Russia, My love” I attempted to depict the deep complexity of relationships as desperate Russian women escape the poverty of the era of Perestroika and the glasnost policy reform of Mikhail Gorbachev, and turn to American men as “mail order brides”. Documentary “Make Me Dance” raises important issues and ideas in order to inspire change within the dance world. The idea to do this, documentary “Woman in the Mirror” is definitely influenced by my past. When I was growing up in Ukraine, ballet was always aired on TV, on any channel, at any time. I came from Ukraine to the United States, as Alexandra, the subject of this documentary. In this respect, I understand my main character’s search for freedom, both artistic and personal, and this is a story I want/need to tell. I choose my structures and visual styles to create a feeling, a mood, and engage the viewers. Currently, I work in a form that is both art and documentary, an aesthetic alliance between a cinema-verite and a poetic mode of representation. As a documentary filmmaker and film lecturer at Boston University I got experience visualizing, structuring and telling a compelling story with integrity and responsibility toward the subject. I also have a lot of expertise filming dance. I experimented with techniques in filming motion, in a studio and outdoors as well, with digital and 16 mm cameras. In documentary “Prima”, 2013 I worked closely with the Boston Ballet, and the film was selected to premier at New York’s Lincoln center by the “Dance on Camera” film festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and has been screened throughout the world.

KEY CREW

Tatyana Bronstein - Director/Producer

Tatyana is an independent director/producer based in Boston, Massachusetts. She produces feature-length documentaries and short narratives that focus on compelling snapshots of life. Her first feature length documentary, “From Russia, My Love” (2003) received considerable acclaim and multiple awards including “Best Ethnic and Cultural documentary” at the Worldfest Festival in Houston, Texas. In her documentary, “PRIMA” (2013) she worked closely with the Boston Ballet, and the film was selected to premier at the “Dance on Camera” film festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and has been screened throughout the world has been shown in Dance on Camera Film Festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and has been screened throughout the world. Her narrative short "Love Me Again" (2014) was screened at the film and dance festivals throughout the country including International Boston Film Festival. She is the recipient of 2016 Cambridge Arts Grant Program and PTTF grant award from Emerson College for her project “Make Me Dance”. Her documentaries and short narratives have been shown at prestigious film festivals throughout the world. Tatyana Bronstein is a lecturer at Boston University for the Department of Film & Television, at the School of Communication, Boston University. She has an MFA in Media Arts. Born in Ukraine, Tatyana’s unique perspective and knowledge of the film arts merges American, European, and Russian cultures into an experience not to be missed.

 

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