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Trailer Watch: Unstable Elements Focuses on Beleaguered Belarus Free Theater Group

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 31, 2010 at 8:47AM

Madeleine Sackler (director of the 2010 Oscar short-listed documentary The Lottery) recently shot footage of the Belarus Free Theater group in the hopes of making a feature documentary highlighting the human rights infractions that are happening in Belarus. Last July, Sackler and cinematographer Daniel Carter interviewed Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kolyada, the husband and wife team that leads the group, among others.
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Madeleine Sackler (director of the 2010 Oscar short-listed documentary The Lottery) recently shot footage of the Belarus Free Theater group in the hopes of making a feature documentary highlighting the human rights infractions that are happening in Belarus. Last July, Sackler and cinematographer Daniel Carter interviewed Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kolyada, the husband and wife team that leads the group, among others.

Since then things have gone from bad to worse. According to the NYT, many of the members of the Belarus Free Theater Group are now in hiding or have been arrested. UPDATE: Here's more.

Check out the promo video below that Sackler created to raise financing from investors, which she is sharing in order raise awareness of this terrible situation.

UNSTABLE ELEMENTS Trailer from Unstable Elements on Vimeo.


This article is related to: Genres, Video, In Production, Independents, Documentaries, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.