A Generation-X-er born in the U.S.S.R., raised in the U.S.A. and living in Europe since 1998 and Berlin since 2008, Kirill Galetski is a new writer at indieberlin with a specialization in film and the ambition to be a filmmaker.
He began his journalism career writing for The Vanguard, the campus newspaper of Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. After moving to Russia in 1998, he wrote for the English-language newspapers The St. Petersburg Times, The Russia Journal and The Moscow Times. He has written for the film magazines Cineaste and MovieMaker and all three of the “trades” – the media business magazines Variety, Screen International and The Hollywood Reporter. He is still occasionally a stringer for The Hollywood Reporter, covering the Eastern European film business.
He also works as a freelance translator (Russian to English and occasionally German to English) and having studied acting at the St. Petersburg Theater Arts Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, began his screen acting career in Berlin. His first film appearance was as a U.S. Army prison guard in Stefan Schaller’s 2013 film “5 Years” [5 Jahre Leben], based on the true story of Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish-German who was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay Prison for five years. He also appears as the president of Earth in the sci-fi web TV series “Mission Backup Earth.”
Read Kirill’s first article for indieberlin – about the British Shorts Film Festival – here
Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.