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Serge Gregory

County: King County



Claire Short Ireland Residency 2009
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Grants for Artist Projects 2004
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Serge Gregory is a filmmaker who creates narrative, documentary, and experimental shorts. His film When Herons Dream (2009) imagines the perspective of a great blue heron as it moves through the seasons and a Northwest landscape shaped by water. His nine previous films have been exhibited at the Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Art Museum, One Reel Film Festival, Library of Congress, and a variety of museums, galleries, and alternative venues in North America and Europe. Serge’s films have been funded by Artist Trust, 4Culture, the Seattle Arts Commission, and Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. He is the board treasurer of the Northwest Film Forum. A Fulbright Scholar at Leningrad State University, he holds a PhD in Russian language and literature from the University of Washington and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in English literature from the College of William & Mary.

Serge received a 2004 GAP to help defray completion costs of the fictionalized documentary film Tientsin, including talent fees for the voice-overs of two characters and the narrator, original music fees, audio recording, and final mixing sessions. The film’s images, which will be shot on mini-DV, include photo stills belonging to the artists’ family and taken in China during the 1930’s and 1940’s. The story follows the lives of Dmitri and Natasha, Russian exiles who grew up in China during a civil war, but remained safe and protected in a rare Western enclave within China. After the Japanese invasion of the Chinese mainland, their idyllic life proves harder to protect. “The intent of the film is to recreate, through the story of Dmitri and Natasha’s courtship and marriage, the lost world of Westerners in Revolutionary China.”

See Serge’s video about his 2009 Claire Short Ireland Residency.

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