Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina is an award winning filmmaker living in New York City. Irina’s documentariesand narrtaive shorts have played and won awards in film festivals and art venues worldwide. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from American Association of University Women, New York State Council of the Arts, Tow, Blaustein, Troy and Jerome Foundations. Irina is a William J. Fulbright Fellow and a professor of film production at TV and Radio department of Brooklyn College/CUNY.

Socrates of Kamchatka

70 min.



supported by Blaustein Foundation, Jerome Foundation and our generous friends


Little Fiel


15 min.

stop-motion animated documentary

based on the life story of Fiel dos Santos,

supported by Tow, Troy, and NYSCA grants


Armed Defense
8 min.
narrative short

based on a story by Dmitry Bakin
supported by 2007 NYSCA grant

Second Egyptian

17 min.

narrative short

based on a story by Marina Palei
Best Narrative award
San Diego Women Film Festival

My American Neighbor 30 min. documentary


Best Short Documentary award
Peace on Earth Film Festival

Armenian Lullaby 5 min. video

Young Women Choice award,
Best of Middle East
International Museum of Women

All Mine Carry With 40 min.
video essay
"Eye Am" series MNN 2000
Long Distance

25 min.

narrative short

based on a story by Marina Palei 1999

17 min.

narrative short

based on a story by L. Petrushevskaia 1998
Clean Well Lighted Place 4 min. film based on a story by Ernest Hemingway 1996
Making Art in Mozambique 45 min. for Beacon High School 2009
In Harmony with
Olympic Spirit
40 min. for Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music 2009
Carmina Burana 7 camera shoot Gay Gotham Choir 2004
Tortoise & The Hare 6 camera shoot New York Philharmonic 2004