Vera Svechina

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Gender FEMALE
Occupation filmmaker, writer, photographer
Location Obninsk Tokyo San Francisco, Russia Japan, United States
Introduction Born JUNE 5 1973 in Obninsk, Kaluga region, Russia. Blood type O-. From 7 years old for 8 years studied violin and ball room dancing, acted in Peoples drama theater. In 1990 became a student of Moscow State University of Culture in a "director and producer of cultural programs" department. In 1993, with 20 dollars in her pocket... as a result of changes in Russia, had an opportunity to go to Japan to work in a "hostess club". In 1994 Graduated MGIK and in 1996, with money made in Japan, went to get second degree in film making in Academy of Art University in San Francisco. During studies, moved between San Francisco, Tokyo and Moscow, continuing working in karaoke clubs and collecting material for future book and film. In film school made a few short films, participated in student film festivals and worked on independent features. In 1999, after graduating Academy of Art and meeting producer and Director of Telluride Film Festival Tom Luddy, became a special correspondent for Russian news paper "Novy Vzglyad" in Cannes. Same year Vera started to work in a privet club in Tokyo, owned by a Geisha.
Interests In 1999 Vera wrote her first feature film screen play "Last train from Roppongi", a story of Russian girl, working as a hostess in Tokyo. In 2004, together with producers S. Selyanov "CTB" and Asai Takashi "Uplink.co" started production of "Last train from Roppongi" in "Lenfilm", but because of 0 support from GOSKINO, project was closed. In 2005, Russian publishing house "Amphora" published Vera's first book autobiography "Last train from Roppongi". The book got great reviews and became popular in Japan among Russian people living there and among russian girls, who live and work in other countries. In 2006, following an advise of Francis Ford Coppola and using i-movie, Vera made 1 hour 10 min animated story board version of her film. Same time Vera started working in "Hustler" club in San Francisco and with new camera CANON G9, present from Italian photographer Jean Pigozzi, she started to take pictures there for the positive book about Strip Dancers. Being terrified by death of Russian model Ruslana Korshunova in 2008, Vera also started her first neo collection of t-shirts, keds and post stamps called "FLYING STRIPPERS". Can speak Russian, Japanese and English.
Favorite Movies most movies by Kenji Mizoguchi, "Happiness" by Todd Solondz.
Favorite Music "Tokyo" Enka...Bosanova....Symphony...J pop, etc...
Favorite Books "Sleeping beauties" by Yasunari Kawabata, "Last train from Roppongi" by Vera Svechina...