Film of Red Palette Pictures

Our Team

"Red is the color of passion, the color of love. It can represent fire and warning. It's the color of my childhood, A symbol of the tormented country where I was born." ~ Yelena Demikovsky, founder of Red Palette Pictures

MANAGING DIRECTORS

Yelena Demikovsky more »
Yelena

Award-winning documentary and narrative filmmaker with a broad theatre background, Yelena Demikovsky grew up in Russia during the Cold War. After getting her Master's degree at Moscow Theatre Academy, she was offered an Associate Professor position at the same academy where she taught acting and directing.

Yelena moved to America in 1992 and went to Emerson College in Boston, MA where she got her second Master's in Communication, TV and Video production. She made her first documentary on the history of Orthodox Church in America while still in Boston and the film went to distribution.

After moving to New York in 1995 she directed plays in various theatres and then moved on to mostly dedicating herself to film. She directed a few award-winning documentaries and short narratives and has been writing scripts.

Demikovsky has produced two symposia on ballet star Rudolf Nureyev ‿one in New York (1997), the other in St. Petersburg, Russia (1998). She also contributed interviews and translations to four authors of Nureyev biographies.

Fatima Benbrahim more »
Fatima Benbrahim

Born in Morocco, Fatima Benbrahim was editor of Red Palette Pictures shorts Shell and Through The Door as well as the documentaries Happy To Be So and Vera. An Intimate Sketch.

Her experience working for various international television stations ‿PBS/WNET Thirteen, TV5, France 2, France 3, Al-Jazeera, MBC, Abu Dhabi TV and Morocco’s 2M TV ‿and renowned film directors has given her universal exposure. She has worked in many formats and editing systems

DIRECTOR/WRITER

Yelena Demikovsky more »
Yelena

Award-winning documentary and narrative filmmaker with a broad theatre background, Yelena Demikovsky grew up in Russia during the Cold War. After getting her Master's degree at Moscow Theatre Academy, she was offered an Associate Professor position at the same academy where she taught acting and directing.

Yelena moved to America in 1992 and went to Emerson College in Boston, MA where she got her second Master's in Communication, TV and Video production. She made her first documentary on the history of Orthodox Church in America while still in Boston and the film went to distribution.

After moving to New York in 1995 she directed plays in various theatres and then moved on to mostly dedicating herself to film. She directed a few award-winning documentaries and short narratives and has been writing scripts.

Demikovsky has produced two symposia on ballet star Rudolf Nureyev ‿one in New York (1997), the other in St. Petersburg, Russia (1998). She also contributed interviews and translations to four authors of Nureyev biographies.

PRODUCER/SENIOR EDITOR

Fatima Benbrahim more »
Fatima Benbrahim

Born in Morocco, Fatima Benbrahim was editor of Red Palette Pictures shorts Shell and Through The Door as well as the documentaries Happy To Be So and Vera. An Intimate Sketch.

Her experience working for various international television stations ‿PBS/WNET Thirteen, TV5, France 2, France 3, Al-Jazeera, MBC, Abu Dhabi TV and Morocco’s 2M TV ‿and renowned film directors has given her universal exposure. She has worked in many formats and editing systems

Director of Photography

Piero Basso (New York) more »
Piero Basso

Born and raised in northern Italy, Piero studied Cinema and Art Studies at the University of Turin. There he developed a deep interest in visual storytelling. Piero began building a career as a director of photography while also working as a Steadicam operator. He photographed a number of award winning films and documentaries as well as four feature films and several shorts.

After moving to New York in 2008, Piero has worked on numerous projects including documentaries and narratives. He is now a part of several projects with Red Palette Pictures. In addition, he teaches at the New York Film Academy. www.pierobasso.com

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Miko Malkhasyan (New York) more »
>Miko Malkhasyan

Miko is from Armenia where he received his BA from the Film Department at the Abovyan State Pedagogical Institute in Yerevan. Getting his start as a freelance cameraman, Miko displays his artistry through various types of camerawork. In 2009, he was Lecturer of Cinematography at the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Film.

Additionally, Miko has participated in more than eight documentaries, nine feature films, and one hundred music videos and commercials, and pop, classic and folk concerts —many of which have earned him awards and some of which will be sampled in his upcoming reel.

Miko joined the Red Palette Pictures team in 2012 and has been participating in Then Comes The Glory and Black Russians documentaries as a DP-Camera operator, and working as a DP on yet another work-in-progress with New York musicians, tentatively called "Peace Project."

Visual Artist/Graphic Designer

Sara Martinez more »
Sara  Martinez

Equadorian Sara Martinez is a graduate of Pratt Institute's Film and Media Arts Program and is a photographer.

Sara has a fundamental artistic interest in many aspects of still and moving imagery and is committed to working with Red Palette Pictures in their mission.

Sara is involved in various administrative and creative tasks.

Project Assistants

Nancy Sifton more »
Nancy Sifton

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Nancy has worked with Yelena Demikovsky since 1997, assisting with the first Rudolf Nureyev Symposium in New York and in 1998 with the St. Petersburg, Russia symposium.

She served as Project Assistant on The Story Of Fenist, and has provided administrative assistance for numerous projects at Red Palette Pictures. Nancy completed her Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University and has written reviews for several publications and is a regular contributor to ballethotline.com.

Melissa Espinosa
Oskar Peacock
Johnny Lluberes

Social Media

Rachael Smith (UK) more »

Rachael is studying Advertising & Marketing at the University of Lincoln in the UK and has experience in social media, B2B & B2C marketing and copywriting.

Interns

Eric Brown
Yasmeen Ali
Nicholas Barranco