Roger Smith Shorts ’09 (Festival Workshop) Winner: Dmitry Povolotsky

Dmitry on Set

Congratulations to Dmitry Povolotsky, who was presented the Roger Smith Shorts ’09 (Festival Workshop) Bronze Sculpted Creativity Award for his film “Clean the Room” on Saturday, August 22nd. The Judges Panel, which included James Knowles (President, Roger Smith Hotel), Ben Famiglietti (The Weinstein Company), Neil Alumkal (5WPR), Adam Neuhaus (Original Media) and Tommy Popps (Independent Producer) based their decision on 3 criteria: vision, craft and execution.

After deliberation, the judges decided on “Clean the Room” for it’s simple but concise execution; as with all the films, this modern day Cinderella story takes place all within the hotel, in which a dream comes true while a maid cleans the room, all under 6 minutes.

About the Director

Dmitry Povolotsky is a writer, director, and choreographer living in Brooklyn. At the age of ten, he was selected to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow to study classical ballet. After graduating from the academy nine years later, Dmitry was awarded a full scholarship to Juilliard in New York City where he received a BFA in modern dance and choreography.

Dmitry remained in New York City to perform with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for eight seasons and to teach ballet and choreograph for inner city youth at the Harlem School of the Arts.

After making his first short film in 2003, Dmitry left the dance world to study film at Columbia University Film Division. PAL/SECAM, his thesis film, has played at 40 film festivals all over the world, has won several prestigious film awards and was sold to 6 territories so far.

Dmitry and Susan

“Clean the Room”
Written and Directed by Dmitry Povolotsky
Story Idea by Bilge Ebiri

Executive Producers
Brendan Crane
John Knowles

Maid – Susan Brady
Bobby – Michael Mason
Superstar – Sarah Lilley

Director of Photography – Christina Voros
Art Direction – Julia Cairo
Assistant Director – Rebecca Conroy
Sound – Marin Conroy
Editor – Julia Kots

Wardrobe Provided by CMarchuska and The Green Room NYC
Special Thanks to the Roger Smith Hotel

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Special Thanks

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Jacob Mendel – ’09 Workshop Director

Jacob Mendel has been dedicated to independent filmmaking since freshman year of high school and is particularly interested in cinematography. His short films have been featured at festivals in several states and in Europe, and have won first-place awards at contests in Ann Arbor and Chicago. Jacob is currently studying film at the University of Michigan and will be studying abroad at the FAMU Film School in Prague during the Fall. His filmmaking and photography can be found online on his website.

Sherng-Lee Huang – ’09 Workshop Director

With his comedy group Quiet Library, SherngLee Huang has directed sketch videos that have garnered more than 20 million online views.  SherngLee has also produced and edited online series for some of the biggest names in new media, including Next New Networks, Talking Points Memo, and Rocketboom.

Eco-fashion, meet Sexy.

cmarchuska joins Roger Smith Shorts ’09 (Festival Workshop), providing  wardrobe for the actors in this years workshop.  Don’t know this Eco-friendly fashion designer?  I don’t think you’ll forget the line after watching their short film by Daniel Brothers and John Michael Zervoulei.

cmarchuska, a new eco-friendly clothing line started by Christine Marchuska, offers chic sustainable clothing for today’s sophisticated socially conscious woman.  Each piece is made domestically in New York City’s Garment District out of sustainable fabric blends, recycled, and organic materials (read more).

Learn a little more about Christine Marchuska and her company, and stay tuned…more to come on this front…

Couch – April 10th, 2009

Directed by: Daniel Brothers
Director of Photography: John Michael Zervoulei
Steady-Cam Operator: Mitchell Frye

Another from Chris Milk….

This time its a collaboration with Gnarls Barkley. It will rip your heart out.

Last Day Dream [HD] by Chris Milk

If you haven’t checked this out yet, it is worth a peak. It brings you (or at least me) through many lives and memories. It was also shot entirely on Lensbaby Lenses and a Canon 5D Mark II SLR Camera.

And who wouldn’t buy the Baby Mop?

“Love Hurts”…indeed it does…

“Love Hurts”…indeed it does…

Directed by Shariff Nasr, starring Medi Broekman, Nasrdin Dchar, Déna Massque and Sergec Geworkan.

Executive Producer: Arno van Rossum / Producers: Floor Schroeijers & Robbert Bruijs. DOP: Bas Andries. Gaffer: Martin Roozeboom. Sound design: Michaël Sauvage