Imagine a society with no art, no literature, no statues, no paintings, no great works of any kind. Imagine the impact on the quality of life for the rest of us. Although such a society sounds far-fetched, it is only through the work of dedicated individuals and the contributions of many others that artistic achievement is nurtured and developed. Without such dedication and contribution, the cultureless society becomes a reality.
VM Productions is dedicated to the art of independent filmmaking. We are developing and producing quality films based on original stories and masterpieces of the world’s literature dealing with a variety of contemporary issues often neglected by the mainstream cinema (both studios and independents).
We admire the great artists of all times. The complexity of their existence and the discoveries they made help humanity to move forward toward a deeper understanding of life, death, coexistence, and peace; they serve as a key source of our inspiration.
VM Productions began producing under the auspices of the New Playwrights Foundation(NPF),a forty-three year old non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of writers, filmmakers, and video artists. During this period, VM Productions produced a number of documentaries, videos, and shorts as well as the feature film
"Shades of Day" -the first chapter in its ambitious
LOS ANGELES-DOSTOEVSKY Project. "Shades of Day" received critical acclaim and was selected by Rutgers University professor Gerald Pirog for his course in cinema along with select films by Bertolucci, Kurosawa, Bresson, Scorsese, Shrader, and Von Sternberg.
Shades of Day - Director's Cut-2013
(recently re-edited- www.shadesofday.com)
was successfully screened on a number of the
international film festivals and became the winner
of Moscow International Festival of Detective Films
in April 2013 (www.detectivefest.ru).
With its next film, Notes from the New World (the
winner of the number of the international awards -www.notesthemovie.com), VM Productions has spread its wings and entered a new era as a for-profit company. But it regards its collaboration with NPF with appreciation and departs with a hard-won understanding of independent, artistic filmmaking.
Your donation to VM Productions
will help us to continue and make its very special
movies. One of the most interesting and original
challenges that we’re determined to bring to life is
our LITERATURE TO PEOPLE
PROJECT, beginning with
the completion of the first phase of "Dostoevsky-LA".
is committed to cinematic
adaptations of three masterpieces by
a writer whose psychological penetration into the
deepest recesses of the human heart had a profound
influence on 20th century culture. In transporting
the essential elements of Dostoevsky's works from
19th century Russia to modern-day Los Angeles, we
aim to underscore the universality of the great
writer’s tales as well as commonalities of the human
experience, its values and issues.
above, the first
two films of this Project - the award winning features
Shades of Day
and Notes From The New World, are already
completed. "Shades of Day" represents a contemporary
envisioning of the short novel
one of the greatest love stories ever written while
"Notes From The New World"
is based on one of the most profound and prophetic
works of the world literature.
The two accompanying films in the trilogy
script received the grant from Warner Bros Fund)
are currently in development. Once completed, the
Project and accompanying educational materials will
constitute a bona fide cultural event and catalyst
for artistic truth by presenting a classic author to
an entirely new generation in a fresh and exciting
We at VM
Productions are pleased to thank:
The Eastman Kodak Company,
* DeLux Laboratory,
* Chase Productions,
* Dolby Laboratories,
* Lightning Media,
* Title House,
* The Coca-Cola Company,
and many other companies and
individuals who have made contributions
for the creation of the completed project and promised their
support for our next projects. Please
join them by making your own
contribution today. Even a small donation makes a huge
difference. We have come very far on so little. We need
your help to continue to reach our goals. Please don't
let it stop here.
Your support not only brings us closer to completing our
quality movies, but it entitles you to an
acknowledgement on screen in the film (unless you would
prefer to remain anonymous). Your name will appear on
screen as follows:
* “Special Thanks” (those donating between $1 and
* “Donors” (those donating between $500 and $999),
* “Angels” (those donating between $1,000 and
(those donating $2,500 or more).
Please take a
few moments to support the arts by making a contribution today.
If not you, then who?
Please choose one
of the following methods to make your pledge
(we can accept
donations as low as $1):
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TODAY AND RECEIVE:
ONE DVD OF THE MOVIE "SHADES OF DAY -
Limited Promo Copies - Property
of VM Productions - not For Sale! Each copy
will be individually signed by the Director.
Please provide a mailing address!
donors will receive a letter of
HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP?
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Volunteer a Service.
Any kind of service from any
reputable company will be greatly
Volunteer your Talents.
We are currently looking for Crowdfunding
Assistants/Collaborators, Newsletter Writers, Web
Designers/Illustrators, Legal Advisors
and Marketing Consultants.
A deferred pay, credits and
participation in our productions will be
For more info about our Opportunities please
Thank you very much for supporting these
very special projects!