Our Baba Babee Skazala Team
Matej is the Founding Director/Producer of Kitsune Tale Productions LLC. He is a Ukrainian-American with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley (film, choreography, landscape architecture, Russian) and a minor in Theater, Dance & Performance Studies. His years of performance experience in fields ranging from competitive dance to acting (screen and stage), to figure skating, combined with his screenwriting, film production and editing experience, give him a strong base from which to develop impactful productions. Matej is excited to bring his travel and experience with other cultures to life in new ways. "Baba Babee Skazala" engenders deep personal affinity for Matej. Its historical importance and ancestral connections will demonstrate that we only find empowerment and connectedness through our foundation and home.
Julie, Producer for "Baba Babee Skazala", is excited by the opportunity to utilize her years of business and legal experience to bring this project to fruition. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York (B.S., cum laude) and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (J.D.). While a practicing attorney, Ms. Parker co-founded and managed, with her husband, an international law firm in Kyiv, Ukraine. The firm, established shortly after Ukraine declared independence in 1991, grew substantially over the years and ultimately merged with Dentons, where her husband remains a Partner. Throughout this time and since retiring from legal practice, Ms. Parker served on the Boards and/or as Legal Counsel of numerous non-profit organizations, and was actively involved in their grant application efforts and fundraising campaigns. These organizations include The Valerie Fund (where she received a Special Appreciation Award for her work), Rospetals, US Figure Skating Clubs and Ice Dance International. Her volunteer efforts also have included serving as Vice-Chair and Member of the District VB New Jersey Attorney Ethics Committee (appointment by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, Office of Attorney Ethics). Ms. Parker has developed educational programs for projects as diverse as the Essex Fells, New Jersey Science Curriculum, Research and Writing Program for 1st year law students, laboratory projects for undergraduate science courses and numerous seminars and publications on international environmental law (for the American Bar Association’s pro bono program, Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, an international rule of law legal reform project).
Evan, Cinematographer (Select Locations), is a freelance filmmaker living in Los Angeles, California. His love of visual storytelling stems from a young age, always playing with cameras if he could get his hands on them. Thus, he decided to pursue filmmaking as a career, and attended Emerson College, as well as doing a summer program at the Prague Film School (FAMU). At Emerson he directed his senior thesis “Buying Bouquets”, which is currently playing at smaller film festivals on the East Coast. He also was the cinematographer on several projects, the most recent being “Racing the Sunrise”, an official short selection of the Cannes Short Film Corner. After obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Evan moved to Los Angeles where he continues to work in all aspects of the film and television industry. With the skills Evan has amassed, he hopes to utilize his creative eye on "Baba Babee Skazala" to inform and impact audiences.
Kitsune Tale Productions is also developing a strong support team for "Baba Babee Skazala". In addition to fiscal sponsorship, grants & collaborations, we have support from expert advisers including:
Andrew Mysko, Ukrainian-American film producer (Radioaktive Films [us]), whose credits as Executive Producer include the documentaries:
The Ground Truth (2006) [Winner, Women’s Film Critic Circle Awards, Best Documentary: Above & Beyond (2006); Nominated, Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize, Documentary (2006)]
We Will Not Die Like Dogs (2005)
Palestine Blues (2006)
Additional production credits include numerous films and TV series episodes. Mr. Mysko also operates a film and production company in Ukraine.
Dr. Alexander Motyl
Dr. Alexander Motyl Dr. Motyl is a Professor, Political Science, at Rutgers University. Excerpting from his university bio: “He is a specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the USSR, and on nationalism, revolutions, empires, and theory. He is the author of 10 books of nonfiction, including Pidsumky imperii (2009); Puti imperii (2004); Imperial Ends: The Decay, Collapse, and Revival of Empires (2001); Revolutions, Nations, Empires: Conceptual Limits and Theoretical Possibilities (1999); Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine after Totalitarianism (1993); and The Turn to the Right: The Ideological Origins and Development of Ukrainian Nationalism, 1919–1929 (1980); the editor of 15 volumes, including The Encyclopedia of Nationalism (2000) and The Holodomor Reader (2012); and a contributor of dozens of articles to academic and policy journals, newspaper op-ed pages, and magazines. He also has a weekly blog, “Ukraine’s Orange Blues.” … [Dr.] Motyl is a [also a] novelist, poet, and painter. His novels include The Taste of Snow (Cervená Barva Press, 2013); My Orchidia (Brick House Books, 2012); The Jew Who Was Ukrainian (Cervená Barva, 2011); Who Killed Andrei Warhol (Seven Locks Press, 2007); Flippancy (Cantara Books, 2007); and Whiskey Priest (iUniverse, 2005). His poems have appeared in Counterexample Poetics, Istanbul Literary Review and New York Quarterly, and he has performed his fiction at the Cornelia Street Café, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Ukrainian Museum in New York. Motyl’s artwork has been shown in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto. A native New Yorker, Motyl received his Ph.D. in political science, master of philosophy in political science, and master of international affairs from Columbia University. He earned his B.A. in history from Columbia College.”
Mr. Fedynsky is the Director & Resident Scholar of the Ukrainian Museum Archives, Cleveland, Ohio, where he has committed years to developing an extensive collection of archival documents from World War II DP camps and Ukrainian refugees who spent time there. In academia, he is: a Fulbright Scholar; holds a MA, History from John Carroll University, Ohio, where he was also a History Instructor; was a Slavic Instructor at Ohio State University, where he developed the course, “Introduction to Ukrainian History & Culture;” was a long-time public school teacher. Outside academia, Mr. Fedynsky has extensively lectured on history, immigration and Ukrainian topics and written articles for publications including The Washington Quarterly, The Plain Dealer, The Washington Sun, The Baltimore Sun, The Ukrainian Weekly, etc. He was awarded the 2015 Freedom Award of the American Nationalities Movement for his “magnificent lifetime achievements: …talent as a scribe publishing outstanding articles supporting human rights for freedom loving people… and exceptional sensitivity and efforts supporting his rich Ukrainian heritage as director of the [UMA].”
Dr. George Kolbauss
Dr. Kolbauss is a Board Member of the Ohio Humanities Council and the Ukrainian Museum Archives. His education includes a BA/Russian Literature & MA/Slavic Languages from Columbia University and a PhD/Slavic Languages from New York University, and he has held teaching positions including Assoc. Prof. Slavic/Ohio State University & Russian Ass’t Prof./Instructor at Dartmouth College and Purdue University. Dr. Kolbauss has extensive humanities experience in matters involving Central & Eastern Europe that spans over 50 years and demonstrates his commitment to the importance of cultivating understanding of this region and its immigrants. His creation of an endowed Russian Culture Fund at OSU to promote immigration stories, work with the Ohio Governor’s Cultural Office, development of community programs to share immigration histories, annual college-level language camp, a culture course taught to over 15,000 students and an annual interdisciplinary conference on CEE are but a small sampling of his work.
Ramaa Mosley, a director/filmmaker who directed her first documentary at the age of 16 years old, which won the UNEP Global 500 award. Over the past seventeen years, Mosley has directed feature films and hundreds of award winning commercials. She was named one of Shoot Magazine’s Top 10 Female directors. She is the founder of Adolescent Content, a production collective dedicated to the representation and mentorship of directors aged 13-27 years old for commercials, music videos and social media.
In 2012, Mosley won Best Director at the LA First Glance Film Festival for her short film, Grace and in 2013 she has twice won (2013 & 2015) the Audience Choice award at Dance Camera West for her films, In Dreams I Run Wild and Attention. She directed her debut feature film, The Brass Teapot, starring Juno Temple which premiered at TIFF, was distributed by Magnolia pictures in 2013 and was nominated for the International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI) and Saturn Award. Mosley directed the Afghan Segment of Girl Rising (2013), which was nominated for outstanding documentary at the Image Awards.
Ihor Figlus, Project mentor, is a first-generation Ukrainian-American whose parents are among those who fled Ukraine in World War II. Mr. Figlus collects histories of Ukrainians in the Denver area, his hometown, and thus provides assistance in the methodology for collecting oral histories. He also speaks Ukrainian, returned to Ukraine after it declared independence in 1991 and lived there for nearly 20 years. During this time, his positions included work at the US Embassy, Executive Director of an investment fund in Ukraine, President and Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce and Chairman, Board of Directors of Plast, National Scouting Organization of Ukraine.
Merritt is a senior at Scripps College in Claremont, CA where she is double majoring in English and Media Studies. She uses her love of language and film to produce impactful and unique content for various types of platforms. Recently she was credited as a junior researcher for the BBC series The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown. In her spare time, Merritt enjoys listening to podcasts, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Katrina is currently a junior at Boston University, majoring in Communication, Film & TV, combining an academic background in film production with mass communication to launch a career as filmmaker. She has ample experience in video production and marketing. She has been working at BUTV10, which is the Boston University’s student-run TV station. She also worked as video producer in several Chinese media startups. Katrina is passionate on film and hopes to utilizes her skills to impact people.
Margaryta is a native of Kharkiv, Ukraine. She is currently a senior at Columbia College, studying comparative literature and society, which she attends as a finalist of the USA/USA program, administered through the non-profit Ukrainian Students' Association in the USA whose mission is to develop a core of world class leaders for Ukraine. In her spare time, Margaryta loves writing, languages, philosophy, and travelling all around Ukraine. We are grateful that Margaryta’s internship with us is supported through Columbia University’s Career Education Funding Programs.
Ying combines an academic background in communication studies and broadcast journalism, with professional experience in documentary production to create social documentaries. She has produced three short documentaries so far, including the recent production, I Is Black Girl. As a graduate student at Boston University College of Communication, Ying also has multiple experiences in the media industry, such as public relations, marketing communication research, and advertising.
Jason is currently a senior at Boston University, majoring in Film & TV with a minor in English. Using the two he wants to create his own style of film and television so that everyone is entertained. He has experience making short documentaries, having spent some time working on one about Boston City Council Candidate, Deeqo Jibril. In his spare time, Jason enjoys writing stories, playing video games, reading books, and contemplating what could be done to improve them.