Director Biography – Tatyana Yassukovich (BABY GRIEF)

Tatyana Alexandra Eugenie Yassukovich was born and raised in England, with family roots in Russia, France, Ireland and Zimbabwe. She was educated in the UK and Switzerland, became fluent in French and German and lived in Bavaria and Rome before beginning her acting career in the United States.
After training at the Lee Strasburg School in NYC and at RADA in London, Tatyana worked extensively as an actor* off-broadway and in film for many years in NYC, developing a rich creative relationship with Cuban-born dramatist Eduardo Machado and becoming a lifelong member of the Actors Studio.
Tatyana moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and while continuing with her work on screen and stage, she developed a distinguished career as a voice actress while raising a family and beginning to write plays and films.
Since returning to the east coast in 2013, she has written and directed four short films in tribute to the life of actors, is developing her first feature film and serves as an adjunct in the filmmaking department at Drexel University.
In addition to her work as an actress, writer and director, Tatyana worked as a crisis counselor for the Suicide Prevention Center and continues to invest in this cause, which matter also deeply motivates influences her filmmaking.

For specific industry credits, please visit
http://www.taffyfilm.com

Director Statement

I am drawn to the darkly comic and hypocritical aspects of our natures, but retell them with love and compassion because I believe there is nothing more beautiful than our flawed, heart-full efforts. I am deeply invested in human connection, especially in the face of this age’s isolation through technology.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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