Projects
These current open-ended projects run by the UFCCC are designed to benefit the Ukrainian filmmaking and generate greater viewer and academic interest in it worldwide. They depend on the active participation of our members around the world. Choose the one to your liking and let us know.
 
The International Translation Workshop
Ukraine. A View from the West
The International Translation Workshop is designed to help young Ukrainian filmmakers generate English language subtitles for their movies and thus make their works accessible to the worldwide viewer. The Club has already made high quality English subtitles to the short feature film by Taras Tkachenko entitled The Tragic Love for Unfaithful Nuska, 2004, and the documentary by Viktoria Melnykova Consonance, 2005.
The Club invites professional translators and editors (both should be native speakers of English and fluent in Ukrainian) to participate in the translation project. Translation of subtitles is voluntary work. The name of the translators will appear in the credits of the film for which they generate subtitles. The participating translator is provided with dialog sheets to the film and, upon submission of the draft translation, a DVD copy of the film to keep. Those interested and willing should write to Yuri Shevchuk.
 
To encourage interest in Ukraine among international filmmakers we invite directors and producers from countries other than Ukraine to send us their films related to Ukraine or Ukrainian themes for screening at Columbia University. Ideally we would like you to come to Columbia and present your own oeuvre if possible. As part of this on-going project the Club already featured works by the US directors Andrea Odezynska and Paul Tremblay.
Ukrainian Film in an International Perspective
 
Ukrainian Themes in Western Cinema
The Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi
To put Ukrainian films into an international perspective weinvite students of and experts on film in English-speaking countries to write reviews of the Ukrainian films they watch and send them to us. In addition to posting their reviews and analyses on our website, we also facilitate their publication in a Ukrainian language version in such leading film periodicals in Ukraine as the Kino-Kolo quarterly and the Kino. Teatr. Jointly with the leading Ukrainian film magazine Kino-Kolo the Club has started a project on film directors who also write films or about them. Yuri Shevchuk conducted interviews with the Americans Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader as well as with the Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi.
 
Ukraine is still a terra incognita for most of the world. This is certainly very true of the United States. The Club launches this newest project to study the various representations of Ukraine and Ukraine-related topics in American and world movies from the arrival of cinematograph until today. In this we would like to rely on the help of those around the world who take an interest in Ukraine. Please send us detailed descriptions of whatever extensive or small references to Ukraine you come across in films made in the West. Give the exact wording of the reference, which character mentions Ukraine, or who comes from Ukraine, or is otherwise related to Ukraine. Provide information about the film, director, producer, year of production, etc., and where you saw it. If possible, provide us with a clip of the episode where Ukraine is mentioned in any way.

Example:
In & Out
, 1997, genre: comedy
Filmmakers: Frank Oz - Director, Paul Rudnick - Writer, Scott Rudin - Producer, Rob Hahn - Cinematographer, distributor - Paramount Pictures
Reference to Ukraine: The high school English teacher and closeted homosexual Howard Brackett (played by Kevin Kline) is about to be outed by his former student while accepting an Academy Award. In the scene where he dresses for his wedding ceremony he says, "My right lapel is slightly bent and there's not enough starch in my shirt front. I mean where are we? Ukraine?"
(the reference starts at 47th minute into the film).The UFCCU will collect a database of such references and make them available to our website users.


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