Chekhov for Children

72 minutes | 2010 I DVCAM + Betamax + Super 8mm

Chekhov for Children tells the inspiring story of the 1979 staging on Broadway of Uncle Vanya by New York City 5th and 6th graders, directed by the celebrated writer Phillip Lopate. Using a wealth of never-before-screened student videos and dramatic super 8mm films from the era, Chekhov for Children explores the interplay between art and life for a dozen friends across thirty years.

Available on vimeo

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World Premiere, 2010 Telluride Film Festival                      International Film Festival Rotterdam                                  Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYC                                      Big Muddy Film Festival (Juror Screening) 

Orphan Film Symposium, Library of Congress (2016)       Symphony Space, NYC

Jornadas de Reappropriacion, Mexico City                          St. Louis International Film Festival                                      University of Sussex, UK

Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY                                                      Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, TX                                        Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA                                        Big Sky Documentary Film Festival                                        Portland International Film Festival, OR                              Florida Film Festival

Athens International Film + Video Festival, OH

Green Mountain Film Festival, Montpelier, VT

The Bijou @ 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA           
Visible Evidence Cinematheque, NYU 

University College Cork, Ireland   

St. Mary's College of Maryland     

Little Art Theatre, Yellow Springs, OH
The Ohio State University     

Vanderbilt University

Whitman College                                


Selected for IFP Independent Film Week, 2009


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Art Forum

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The Yellow Springs News       
The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC (Interview)             


• Listed in the IndieWIRE Annual Critics Survey

as one of the Best Undistributed Films of 2010


 • Top Ten mention in the Senses of Cinema

2010 World Poll