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Chad Gracia, Ukraine, UK, USA, 2015, 82'

Director: Chad Gracia
MusicKatya Mihailova
Editing: Chad Gracia, Devin Tanchum
Producers: Mike Lerner, Ram Devineni, Chad Gracia
Production: Roast Beef Productions, Rattapallax Productions, Gracia Films



The Russian Woodpecker is a story about Fedor Alexandrovich, Ukrainian artist, who discovers a dark secret and has to decide whether to risk his life and contribute to revolution in his homeland by unveiling the secret. This documentary displays the story about the Soviet antenna located near Chernobyl, which was raised by Soviets at the peak of the Cold war to spy on America. Fedor’s opsession with this object is a reflection of his personal desire to understand the Soviet past and the causes of Chernobyl accident..


Ruski djetlic2Chad Garcia is a director and writer. He is best known for his works The Russian Woodpecker (2015) and Invitation to World Literature (2010). The Russian Woodpecker is his first film. Chad has worked in New York theatre for nearly 20 years as a producer and dramatist, with a focus on plays in verse. His works have seen productions in various cities in the United States and Europe.

Festivals and awards:


  • Biografilm Festival 2015,Hera Award Best Debut Film and Life Tales Award International Competition

  • DocAviv Film Festival 2015, Best International Film The International Competition

  • Milwaukee Film Festival 2015, Festival Prize Best Film

  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2015, Special Jury Prize -Documentary Competition

  • Montclair Film Festival 2015, Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature

  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2015, Grand Jury Award

  • Sundance Film Festival 2015, Grand Jury Prize World Cinema - Documentary

  • Zurich Film Festival 2015, Golden Eye Best International Documentary Film

  • Seattle International Film Festival 2015

  • Sydney Film Festival 2015

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015

  • AFI Docs Festival 2015

  • Munich International Film Festival 2015

  • Odessa International Film Festival 2015

  • New Zealand International Film Festival 2015

  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2015

  • Sarajevo Film Festival 2015

  • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2015

  • Hamptons International Film Festival 2015

  • Warsaw Film Festival 2015

  • Adelaide Film Festival 2015


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