Rashid Nugmanov – Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer.
Education: Kazakh Polytechnic Institute (Diploma in Architecture); All-Union State Institute of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (Diploma in Feature Films Directing). Sergei Solovyov’s, Anatoly Vasiliev’s, Pavel Lebeshev’s and Sergei Bodrov’s student.
Awards: “Ya-Hha” short feature film (FIPRESCI Prize in The Young Soviet Cinema Program at Year 1987 International Moscow Film Festival,); “The Needle” full-length feature film (Main Prize of Year 1990 International Film Festival in Nuremberg; Year 1989IFF in Berlin – Prize for Participation in “The Panorama” Program; Prize awarded by Film Clubs in “Un Certain Regard” (A Special View) Category at Year 1988 Golden Duke Film Festival in Odessa); and “The Wild East” full-length feature film (Special Jury Prize awarded to the film at Year 1994 5th IFF of Adventure Films in Valenciennes, France).
Participated in developing The Citadel of Death American Projects featuring William Gibson, for Edward Pressman, Producer; and The Spirit Break for Leonard Schrader, Screenwriter and David Wiseman, Producer.
Original scripts in English: The Russky Swing, The Golden Idol (all tickets sold out, or Full House), The InnerVision, The Spell, and The One (option).
From 2015 through 2017 – General Director of The Eurasia IFF, accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers (FIAPF). Founder and First President of the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Kazakhstan. Commander of the Order of Arts and Literature of France.
In YY 2018-2019 developed THE DRAMATICON, a unique course in practical drama, and signed a contract with EKSMO Publishing House for the publication in 2020 of the book of the same name. Currently is preparing for production the Batu documentary drama and The God fiction film, where he acts as a screenwriter, director, and producer. In 2020, he recruited a director’s masterclass (workshop) at VGIK together with Sergei Solovyov and teaches a course in drama there.
Gulnaz Balpeisova – Theater Director
As a Director R. Tuminas’ Assistant-trainee, Gulnaz took part in the releases of such performances as Eugene Onegin (scenes from the novel by Alexander Pushkin), Smile Upon Us, Lord based on the novels by G. Kanovich, and Minetti by T. Bernhard. She also worked as an assistant to such directors as Yu. Butusov (The Flight after M. A. Bulgakov) and S. Purcarete (The Imaginary Invalid after Jean-Baptiste Moliere).
Theater named after Evgeniy Vakhtangov stage performances: In Paris based on stories by I. Bunin within the framework of The Rimas Tuminas’ Workshop Performances Project, and Fröken Julie based on the play by A. Strindberg. On the Simonovskaya Stage of the Vakhtangov Theater, Gulnaz directed staging Leporella short story in the play Stefan Zweig. Novels, and Everything Will Come True play by Nina Sadur.
Theatrical project within the framework of GO VIRAL 2020 International Festival
The Ilkhom Theater (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
The Artichoke Theater (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
The Mesto “D” Theater (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Project Name: REC. ON. ACT (meaning “recorded action”. The name rhymes with the motto of this year’s “Rethink. Redesign. Reconnect” Festival.
Main Idea: This year, the festival will be held online. The situation with the coronavirus pandemic has affected all people on the planet, and many of us have lost “live” contacts with people during the strict quarantine. But the idea of performance is deeper, and lies in the fact that even without a pandemic, a modern-time person has to some extent lost the ability to contact “live” with other persons. At the same time, we are all lonely, and we are waiting for a person to rescue us from our loneliness. On the screen we will see people from various countries (but this will not always be clear, because the locations for filming in various cities are much similar, and all the actors are dressed in the same style). There are no physical barriers to separate people on the screen, but they can find no contact with one another. In cases they venture making contacts, their contacts turns out to be ridiculous ones, that is people would not understand one another.
Further, we will come down to the contact of one person with another person, but to a peculiar one, that is, we find a person close in spirit to us not next to ourselves, but in another country. Technically, this is done as follows: for example, The Ilkhom Theater would shoot a video with an actor moving in the frame from the left side rightwards. Whereas The Artichoke Theater would project this image onto one of the stage walls and will add a “live” artist into the frame. And we see that contact between people has been found, despite the fact that the partner is physically in quite another place.
The end of the performance would be a common shot where The Ilkhom Theater’s “live” artists unite with The Artichoke Theater’s and The Mesto “D” Theater’s “virtual” artists.
It is also worthwhile to note that the initiative group decided to engage exclusively the author’s material to make the project unique in its kind, not only in terms of technical innovative finds, but also in terms of its artistic content. Employed in the performance will be the author’s choreography (by Maria Tikhomolova), the author’s music (by Yan Dobrynin), and the author’s texts written by two poets, i. e Anastasia Sergeyeva (Uzbekistan) and Aleksey Schvabauer (Kazakhstan).
Dequine is a Kazakh singer. She began her career in 2016 when she published her first tracks on the YouTube channel.
They got a good response from the public and got lots of likes. In mid-2019, Dequine released their first album, Drunk Cherry, which immediately reached the local TOPs.
Rustam Ospanoff (New York, USA) Resident DJ at Public Records, Ace Hotel, Public, Soho Grand Hotel (NYC). Founder & Producer of the Jazzystan Music Festival in Almaty (2009-2018) Rustam Ospanoff gathers all the deepest soul sounds from around the world and elegantly delivers them in gorgeous musical journeys.
Hailing from Kazakhstan, his creative goal has always been to expose diverse music to people through the curation of special events, live concerts, and radio shows. He is best known for being the founder of the Jazzystan Music Festival (this ran from 2009 in Almaty, Kazakhstan) and producing 28 music festivals over 9 years in his home country.
Now that Rustam lives in New York City, he has become a polished and versatile DJ who is as comfortable playing a dark underground house party as he is at an upscale hotel bar. Rustam possesses a record collection that has a unique worldview - every song he plays has a beautiful deep sound and a dynamic rhythmic beat that fills a room with warm and upbeat energy. Crowds might not know what he’s playing, but they will know that it is the right sound for a magical moment in New York City. When Rustam isn’t DJing all over NYC, he can be found happily dancing and socializing at New York’s finest dance parties where legendary figures still hold court.
Rustam is a DJ but he is a music enthusiast first. You can find him any day of the week, digging devotedly in the city’s record stores with his son, Mansur, a 4-year-old with the world’s most sophisticated taste in music! Rustam initiated, booked and produced live acts featuring artists like Jamiroquai, Incognito, Joss Stone, Omar, Marcos Valle, Jazzanova, Gilles Peterson, LEFTO, Nubya Garcia, EZRA Collective, Soil & Pimp Sessions, Kutiman Orchestra to name a few. His DJ sets have taken him all over the world from music festivals like Worldwide (France), Cully Jazz (Switzerland), Southern Soul (Montenegro), Terraneo (Croatia), Sunsplash (Turkey) to numerous parties in London (Plastic People), New York, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Hamburg, Paris, Lyon, Sete, Lisbon, Brussels, Liege, Ghent, Geneva, Sierre, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Maribor, Tbilisi, Bishkek, and other parts of the world.
He opened for Sun Ra Arkestra, Roy Ayers and has shared decks alongside contemporary luminaries like Gilles Peterson, LEFTO, Ge-Ology, DJ Kon, Sadar Bahar, Nickodemus, DJ Rahaan, Rick Wilhite, Dez aka Andres, Bradley Zero, Kenny Dope (MAW), Joey Negro to name a few. Rustam is a Red Bull Music Academy alumni (Rome/2004). He hosted his own 6 hrs weekly radio shows – "Lazy Town" at Radio 31 (2001-2003), ‘Gravity” & “Nevesomost'” (2004 – 2012) at Energy FM (Shahar), "Jazzystan" (2014-2016) on Ne.FM. Also, he played guest shows at The Lot Radio (USA), Worldwide FM (UK), Le Mellotron (FR), Kiosk (BE), FM4 Unlimited (AUS), Bruzz (BE), J-Wave Tokyo (JP).
Music genres: Jazz, Rare Groove, Soul, Funk, Boogie, Disco, Gospel, International (Latin, Tropical, Brazilian, African, Japanese, Middle Eastern Grooves), House, Techno, Electronic music.