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Notes from Vitaly

As 2015 comes to a close, I reflect on the year past and update you on VM Productions activities both present and moving forward into 2016.

Four Feature Length Projects

In development, a package of four feature-length projects. The films are scheduled to be produced and directed by myself and will include both A and B cast, please visit New projects for more details. The four films are:

and from the Dostoyevsky-LA Project:


We are currently editing: nine interviews with Cast and Crew, including a recently recorded interview with Natasha Blasick, long and short versions of each. Following on we are in the middle of editing the fine cut of the Dostoyevsky Reimagined: Behind The Scenes and the feature film, The Missing Screenwriter based on nineteen award-winning episodes/video journals.

Not lost in translation

┬┐Hablas Espa├▒ol? Sprechen Sie Deutsch? You can look forward to our feature films being translated into all the major languages covering all the major territories.

Getting Ready to IndieGoGo

We are currently campaigning to invite true fans of our films, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, indie film, inspiring literature and arts. This is part of our preparation for our crowdfunding campaign under the fiscal sponsorship of Carole Dean and From The Heart Productions.

Blog and Vlog

In April of this year, we launched a blog for Dostoyevsky-BTS. We have published 140 blogs to date. This newsletter features the latest blogs from our talented writers. Christophe, our latest vlogger is featured below. He is investigating our missing screenwriter, Robert Hurley, along with Lauren, our creative director. You can view our vlogs here, The Missing Screenwriter and Dostoyevsky Reimagined.

Social Media

We are social! We look forward to seeing you at any one of our social media platforms: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vimeo, RSS Feed, GoodReads, LinkedIn and YouTube. Twitter page: Dostoyevsky-BTS, Notes from the new world, Crime and punishment, LA, Robert Hurley.

Finally, also mentioned in this newsletter are invitations to Festivals and Universities. Please enjoy reading the newsletter.

Happy Holidays and wishing you a Happy New Year for 2016 from all of us here at VM Productions.

Vitaly Sumin
CEO, Writer, Director and Producer,
VM Productions

Book of the month

Book of the Month

The Snow Queen
by Hans Christian Andersen
Review by Ava Lanto

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Film & Book Club

Do you have a favorite adaptation of The Snow Queen?

What did you think of BlowUp?

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Film of the Month

Un Couer en Hiver (A Heart in Winter)
Review by Ava Lanto

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Robert Hurley Mystery

Blogger vs Vlogger: Who do you agree with?

Read Lauren's article below and watch Christophe's Vlog to make your decision. Discuss it in the Member's Forum.

Production Motes: The Plight of the Vlogger

by Lauren Saccone

Vlogging is no easy task; I certainly could never do it. To succeed requires a rare and complex mix of talents, skills, and personality that few people truly possess...

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Natasha Blasick

Cast News: Natasha Blasick

Star of our films Notes from the New World and Dostoyevsky Reimagined: BTS, Natasha recently attended the Hollywood Christmas Parade. You can follow her on IMDB, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Natasha will be presenting Vlogs for us in 2016.

Director's News: USC Private Screenings

Vitaly Sumin has been invited to give a film presentation at Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

This is not the first time one of our films has been presented at a university. 'Shades Of Day' was selected by Gerald Pirog to be presented as part of his course Dostoyevsky and Cinema.

Did you know we have a rather extensive board on Pinterest?

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Christophe's Vlog: Robert Hurley Mystery

Film Festivals: LANNEFF

Last month, we announced that our film Shades of Day - Director's Cut - 2013 had been nominated for the 'Blow-Up Fest', the International Arthouse Film Festival in Chicago. Not to be outdone, Notes from the New World has been invited to participate in LANNEFF (Los Angeles Neo Noir Film Fest).

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Production Notes: A New Perspective

by Lauren Saccone

It's easy to lose track of things. People, obligations, dreams... they can slip away if you don't keep an eye on them, and work to keep them in your life. In between working on promoting Dostoyevsky Reimagined: The Making of Notes from the New World and investigating the disappearance of our screenwriter Robert Hurley, I lost my focus...

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We would like to thank our fiscal sponsor Carole Dean of From the heart productions for her support and valuable advice.

We really appreciate your support in any way you can.
Tax-Deductible Donations help us to continue to create award-winning films like Shades of Day and Notes from the New World.

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