Thanks for taking the time to check out my work.  Just as an FYI:  Virtually every piece of content on this site has been conceptualized, written, directed, and even edited by yours truly - working mostly on shoestring budgets ($10K - $30K) with virtually no production lasting longer than a single day.  Nevertheless, some of these works have gone on to win major international awards and many of them proved wildly popular with the public (inspiring new trends and parodies), while others challenged societal norms and boundaries, causing a great deal of controversy and even getting banned from TV. (:

Here's my bio in a nutshell: I was born in a country called Georgia.  My family and I immigrated to the US in the early 90’s as a direct consequence of ending up on the losing (democratic) side of an atrocious civil war following the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The US government granted us political asylum and I’ve lived in the States ever since — eventually earning an MFA in Directing from Chapman University Film School in California.

My master thesis short film Beholden was selected in numerous film festivals around tbe country and the world -  winning a few "Grand Jury" and “Best of Contest” awards (13 to be exact).  While this got me the attention of some top Hollywood agents and producers, unfortunately due to the lack of a commercially viable script, it didn't pan out into a feature film directing gig. :(   And so, while keeping the dream alive, I turned to a different craft: advertising.  I started out by writing and directing a self-funded spec-ad and it ended up going viral on Youtube with more than 2 million views!  And that's when I realized - I could maybe do this for a while.

And so to hone my skills and build up a portfolio, I decided to return to the country of my birth (a totally reformed place since I had left it) - where I’ve been shooting ads over the past couple of years.  And in that time, besides getting a ton of invaluable experience as an artist, I can confidently say that I have become an expert at getting the absolute most out of the absolute least, while working under the shortest deadlines and the toughest, barest conditions.   Imagine the possibilities with a decent size budget and a decent set of circumstances. (: 

Festival Recognitions:

Ad Black Sea:
                         Grand Prix - Swiss Capital,
                         Best of Content - Swiss Capital
                         Gold - Swiss Capital
                         Silver - Iveriabet
                         Best Independent Agency

Kiev Int'l Ad Festival (KIAF):
                         Silver - Swiss Capital
                         Silver - Saga
                         Bronze - Iveriabet
                         Shortlist - Huawei

European Creativity Festival (ADCE):  
                         Bronze - Swiss Capital
                         Shortlist - Swiss Capital

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