MEET THE DIRECTOR
Anatoly Balchev , started out in cinema as a composer. Balchev is the author of music for many films and theatrical performances, his songs are performed by many Russian stars, he also recorded several author’s albums.
As a director he first tried his hand in 1990, staging in the studio of the Central House of Artists (Central House of Art Workers) a performance based on his own play “Poets’ Cafe” . At the same time, in the early nineties, he became one of the producers of the Russian-American project Cops in Russia , another version of the popular TV show Cops by Fox-television.
In 1998. founded the studio “Apollo Film” , its first project was a documentary about the life and work of the outstanding Russian artist Mikhail Shemyakin, now living in the United States.
The next was a film about the great Russian hero Ivan Yarygin. The studio’s documentary “Olympic Village” , dedicated to the 2004 Athens Olympics, has won several prizes at international sports film festivals.
For a long time Balchev spent in Hollywood, where he closely studied the features of the American film process. This is how the idea of a joint Russian-American feature film “A Passenger from San Francisco” was born .
Anatoly’s creative baggage contains a small “stash” – several completed scenarios that are waiting to be realized.