Putin & the Priest

Power, war and conscience. A guilt-ridden mind may destroy a man. Once strong and honorable, a person's mind, no matter how innocent in its creation, might shatter when tempted by power. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, goes to confession, inside the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.
Patriarch Kirill, a priest and head of the Russian Orthodox Church, is a long time confidant of Putin, and an outspoken proponent of the invasion of Ukraine. He listens to Putin profess his philosophy and confess his sins before the Russian president is to receive holy communion the following day, Easter Sunday. They sit near lectern, not far from altar at front of the church.

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    Short, Other
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    10 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 13, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - LINDA PALLOTTA

An eclectic playwright with roots as a journalist, Linda strives to create situations thwarting alienation in her audience. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she launched her writing career as a reporter for ‘Newsday’ when she graduated from New York University. Immersing herself in theatre and film for several years, she raised her son singly, rescued four dogs, and taught high school English before receiving her Master of Arts in NYU’s Educational Theatre in Music and Performing Arts Professions.
She wrote over 20 plays and films, many of which she directed from New York to Los Angeles. She was positively reviewed by The Los Angeles Times for her comedy drama, ‘Prime Rib Wedding.’ The Tampa Bay Times wrote a feature article on Ms. Pallotta after she started a theatre workshop locally. She wrote and directed a short film, ‘Envirokids’ in Orlando for the county’s EPA as she taught theatre as an adjunct professor at Valencia College. She later taught at CUNY’s Baruch College in NYC.
Ms. Pallotta recently won 3 awards in the Indie FEST Film Awards May ‘23 & was selected semi-finalist in 8 international film festivals for her short and full length screenplays. She is published in the international journal ‘Literature Today’ as well as ‘Fresh Words.’ During the pandemic, Linda was chosen to be a finalist in the women’s festival of playwrights in New York City’s Crossways Theatre.
Listed on NPX (New Play Exchange), she is a Dramatist Guild member as well as SAG/AFTRA/AEA. Linda volunteers at Red Door Community (formerly Gilda’s Club) for those challenged by cancer, leading an improvisational workshop for both children and adults.

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Director Statement

The purpose of my life is to create situations that others can identify with within their own lives, to make my audiences feel less alone. If, through my words, I can make life better for some, to share experiences in order to make others happier, then my goal to thwart alienation will be completed. Hopefully my words will .reverberate and help those who need clarification towards what they're feeling. Creating a tear, a smile, a retort or a belly laugh makes me know my audience is feeling my words. If my words "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comforted," I will be an artist, for only then will I have embroidered a live tapestry called film.