Join Michael Idov, the Latvian-American creator of Russian films and tv shows, for a conversation about how Russian audiences have changed in the COVID-19 era, including his recent experiences filming in Russia. During this event, Idov will also discuss his award-winning spy drama The Optimists. An RSVP is required.
Michael Idov is the screenwriter of the Palme d’Ornominated LETO (Cannes 2018), director of the acclaimed feature THE HUMORIST, the creator of hit Russian TV series LONDONGRAD and THE OPTIMISTS, and the author of four books, including the recent DRESSED UP FOR A RIOT (Farrar, Straus 2018). A Latvian-born American raised in Riga, Michael moved to New York in 1998, winning three National Magazine Awards for his writing in New York Magazine before changing his focus to film and TV. He and his wife and frequent collaborator Lily are currently based in Los Angeles.
Audiences and Online Reception: Before and After COVID” is a year-long series of online symposia that examines the impact of COVID-19 and quarantine experiences on artistic and cultural production. This series is made possible through a Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Special Grant.