“Doors" is a work by Polina Klimovitskaya and Rich Vallejos. A 70 yr old theatre director and first-time filmmaker, Polina escaped Communist Russia to pursue her art. At 36, Rich is an artist and filmmaker, who under Polina's mentorship for 10 yrs, is helping her bring her life's work to the screen.
Inclusion StatementOur team is united by a passion to merge old and new filmmaking methodologies. Our cast and crew span generations, from 9 to 75+ years of age and encompasses a diverse range of cultures including Russian, Latino, Korean, American, Hungarian, British & Australian. Our stories are all female-driven.
About The Project
Polina and I have met twice a week for the past three years. We sit in her apartment and unpack all our ideas, images, and dreams. We sit for hours. She can no longer hear, so it's a good thing she likes to do most of the talking. We argue, then we land at an understanding, often a deeply satisfying one. I am 36, from Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She is 70, from Moscow, Russia. Somehow, though decades and worlds apart, we share a perspective. Now we are bringing it to the screen.
Our project is titled Doors. "Everyday when I leave my apartment, I pass the hall, and I pass those green doors. What happens behind those doors? Who or What hides behind them? Behind each one a different world. Can you enter the same world twice?"
This is not a linear story, but rather a tapestry; a sense of the world in this moment, where we are each part of that bigger picture. Each of these stories is female-centric and come from Polina's own experience and psyche, or from women we know. They are collective portraits of this very moment.
We are living in a time where our consciousness and awareness are shifting. The very soil of the earth is turning up and sinking. For us, that is the essence of the film. In each of our stories, a familiar surface is established. That reality is cracked by inexplicable occurrences that free and open new energy and possibilities for different perspectives. The irrational and familiar collide.
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About This Team
Wonderful diverse group of talented artists from all over the world.