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Documentary Producer Mike Lerner Takes the Director’s Chair for New Pussy Riot Documentary

The Documentary Channel interviews Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, co-directors of the upcoming documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer which focuses on the events that turned the three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot into political prisoners.

Says Lerner about making the transition from documentary producer to director on this film, “When I saw this story in the press I immediately knew I had to make this film. It speaks so much to everything I am passionate about, art, music, dissent, thinking for yourself, defense of justice and the pursuit of gender and social equality. I think the main difference between producing and directing is that producing is all about the big picture — seeing the film in all its aspects and the issues and problems that threaten its success whilst directing is all about falling in love with the story, attention to detail, single-minded focus on how the story will best be told. It’s been quite a steep learning curve, and combining both of these perspectives is exhausting but just about the most satisfying thing I have ever done, and I am incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity.”

Read the full interview here.

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