Alla Verlotsky Bio
Alla Verlotsky is an international film curator, Founder and President of New York based Seagull Films. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Ms. Verlotsky holds a Bachelor's degree in Film Study from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where she specialized in cinema of Central Asia and Africa. After graduating from the film school Verlotsky worked as the Executive Director for the Soviet Association of emerging filmmakers and was responsible for promotion and film festivals representation.
While in Moscow, Ms. Verlotsky put together a ground breaking showcase of the emerging filmmakers from Kazakhstan, known as "Kazakh New Wave" (featured at 1991 Sundance Film Festival ). Seventeen years later, she followed up with another impressive Central Asian film series - a month long in-depth survey of regional cinema "Films From Along the Silk Road", presented in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
After moving to the United States, Ms.Verlotsky was a programmer for the Film Society of Lincoln Center; NY DocFest, New York Jewish Film Festival, NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival. In 1999 she established Seagull Films, a New York based programming outlet focused on art, independent and innovative cinema from around the world.
Ms. Verlotsky contributed to the international film circuit with celebrated individual titles as well as massive retrospectives, tributes and traveling film series to name a few: SISTERS: FILMS BY RUSSIAN WOMEN; JOURNEY THROUGH RUSSIAN FANTASTIK CINEMA; FILMS FROM ALONG THE SILK ROAD; EXODUS:FILM OF THE BLACK JEWISH DIASPORA; IMAGINING RUSSIA; MATRIX AFRICA .
In 2012, Ms. Verlotsky stepped in to create and artistically direct the inaugural addition of the Colors of the Nile, an international film festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her curatorial vision was held as "visually inspiring cinematic feast from every corner of the African continent."
Ms. Verlotsky was an associate producer for "Russian Ark", the award-winning film by internationally acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov, and is currently producing a feature documentary "Red Fantasies" by the Academy Award Winning Special Effects Artist, Robert Skotak.