“October” is based on the true story of Olga Romanova.
On the 24th of October, 2002, Olga put her life at risk by confronting 41 Chechen terrorists at the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow, in order to help 900 people, including more than a 100 children, who were held hostage at the auditorium.
Why this film?
When I heard about Olga Romanova and what she did, I knew I had to tell her story.A person who willingly confronts 41 terrorists, who puts her life at risk in order to save many others...Was she a hero? Was she crazy? Is this the story of an irresponsible person or was she a fearless idealist?It's been 5 months of intense research. And we have also interviewed Olga's mother and her best friend.Now, I know that I'm able to present accurately Olga and what happened that night, and then let the audience decide who Olga Romanova was.
Who are we?
We're a group of young filmmakers, with more than 4 years of professional experience, who have been working every dayfor the last 5 months to make this film happen.
Gonzalo Caride is the Writer and Director. He studied at the New York Film Academy, is an award winner cinematographer and in the last 4 years he has been working in more than 50 professional projects in the US, UK and Spain.
Kuba Gogolewski is our Producer. He has 6 years of professional experience, working in more than 40 projects in 8 different countries. Actually, he's also studying at the Polish National Film and Television School (PWFSTviT) in Łódź.
Oleksander Podznyakov is theCinematographer. After working for "New Materials" and "Reuters", he enrolled in the PWSFTviT in 2009. Since then, he has proved himself as an outstanding cinematographer, shooting more than 15 projects in 35mm.
Kamila Pściuk-Gogolewska is our Art Director and Set Designer. Since 2003 she's been involved in the production of more than 60 films, working with people as Ewa Braun (Academy Award Winner for "The Schnidler's List"), John Kent Harrison and Wojciech Marczewski, among many others.
So far, we’ve been able to assemble a crew of more than 40 professional filmmakers.And the list keeps on getting longer!
Where's your money going?
These are the prices for the 3 shooting days on location.
Renting the Equipment - RED EPIC, Lenses, Lights, Sound (you know how it works) | $2,400
Wages - For the Electricians and Drivers (they never work for free, do they?) | $800
Set Design - Dressing the auditorium, the apartment, and all other locations (it's going to look like the real thing) | $600
Production Costs - Food, Travel Expenses & Insurance (yes, we do have to feed the crew) | $1,700
Renting the Theater - For the films' last scene where she confronts the terrorists | $1,500
We will add it up for you: $7,000
We need your help
For the last 3 months, we have gotten in contact with many different companies and institutions that were interested in helping us finance this project. Many of them haven't made their final decision yet. The others, although interested in the project told us that they are "not comfortable backing up a film that deals with such a controversial subject matter".
We want to tell the story of a woman not to give any political statement or to talk about ideologies. We are not explaining what happened before or after Olga got in the Theater. Those are very important historical facts, but they don't belong to our film.
That's why we think that you, as an individual, not as a business organization with commercial or political interests can make a big difference.
Other ways you can help?
You don't have money? Well, welcome to the club!
But we all have friends, family, we know somebody who knows somebody who maybe knows "that" person. Exactly!
Let them know about our project!
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