Tei Tei

A heartwarming story about an unusual friendship of two children living in different countries in different time periods. An 11-year-old boy named Johnny, a talented young chess player has found his best friend Dashenka, a 10-year-old Russian girl living with her pet rabbit in 1963. Both children are dreaming about flying to space. Johnny wants to go back in time to meet Dashenka.

  • Mark Leschinsky
  • Mark Leschinsky
  • Mark Leschinsky
  • Mark Leschinsky
    Key Cast
  • Gary Leschinsky
    Key Cast
  • Barbara Leschinsky
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama, Children's Film
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    650 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 1080p, 60 FPS
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Mark Leschinsky

Mark Leschinsky is a 16-year-old award-winning student filmmaker at the Bergen County Academies high school in Hackensack, NJ — a magnet public school in NJ.

Mark is also the founder of The Lighthouse Initiative — the first student-led nonprofit organization dedicated to democratizing filmmaking for teens globally. Through this initiative, Mark is on a mission to inspire and empower other young students to express themselves through filmmaking and experience the joy and power of being heard.

Contact info--

*Personal email:

*Student email:

*Mailing address:
79 McIntosh Drive
Mahwah, NJ 07430
United States of America

*Phone number:
(201) 615-4641

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Director Statement

I wanted to create a film about children and for children because we - the children are dreamers! Anything is possible for us! We dream about the same things no matter what country or what time we live in.

I hope that my film will inspire children to dream big and reach for the stars!