Hello Babushka backers,
It has been a long journey, but we are happy to report that the film is soon to be out in the world. Since receiving a NEA grant in June, we've finished editing, completed the original score, and have begun submitting to festivals. We expect our premier to be in winter 2015, and will keep you up-to-date on screenings/festivals as they lock in. (You will receive your DVD of the film in early ’15 – at premier time.) Thanks, as always, for your patience and ongoing support. We can’t wait to share the film with you!
We've been staying in touch with the film's central characters - Hanna, Maria and Valentyna - who seem relatively un-fazed by recent events in Eastern Ukraine. (The Chernobyl Zone is an area that Putin is likely not interested in!) That said, there are rumors that construction on the new “sarcophagus” – the vital shelter, costing billions – has stopped. The babushkas, and the entire region, will be at risk should there be a collapse of the current, decrepit shelter covering Reactor No. 4.
We are revving up awareness regarding the film. To that end, here’s our recent SLATE article about the Stalkers - the young “post-apocalyptic romantics” who enter the Zone illegally and are featured in the film. Warmly, Holly & Anne