Television and Radio
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina Patkanian came to the United States in 1991. After receiving an M.A. in linguistics, she was awarded an American Association of University Women Fellowship to pursue an M.F.A. in film production. Her fiction and nonfiction short films played and won awards in many film festivals and museums worldwide. Patkanian is the president and co-founder of a non-for-profit film and theater company, "In Parentheses." Her documentary My American Neighbor, about perception of America and the American dream abroad, is distributed by the Films for the Humanities & Sciences. She is currently working on a documentary feature about Kamchatka, Russia, supported by Blaustein and Jerome Foundations grants; and on a stop-motion animation about the Mozambican civil war, supported by the 2010 NYSCA grant. In 2011 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to spend spring 2012 in Istanbul, to do research for her next film.