ABOUT THIS FILM PROJECT
We invite you to experience the world's most passionate and dramatic dance – the tango – as you have never seen it before. Within the international LGBT community, the dance is reinvented as Queer Tango: an intriguing performance, where nobody takes your sexual orientation for granted, nor your choice of role.

Now the best queer tango dancers from around the world are traveling
to St. Petersburg for the city's Queer Tango Festival. A journey they choose to make despite the harsh anti-LGBT policies of contemporary Russia, which prove to be a real challenge for both the dancers and the Russian festival managers. Is the art of queer tango at all possible in today's Russia?

Director & Producer: Aleksandr M. Vinogradov Cinematographer: Tanya Haurylchyk Co-producer: VanOschFilms
Music: Volco & Gignoli Genre: Creative documentary Length: '90 ( cinema ), 52' ( television )

When narrow-minded traditionalism and xenophobia are rife in the world, it is important to continue dancing tango no matter what gender, sexual orientation or country you are from.



© Photo by Evgeny Kovrov

« ...Tango is a popular dance. Like any other popular dance,
it is partly a mirror of the society in which it has developed
and from which it emerges. As society changes, how we dance tango changes too. It is these twenty-first century, social and political developments which have made queer tango possible, and capturing this worldwide phenomena in a film
is an important undertaking.»
Dr. Ray Batchelor, Founder of the Queer Tango Salon

Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Film Director
I discovered the unique world of queer tango in 2014, when I visited the International Queer Tango Festival in Berlin during a research trip. I was blown away by the charismatic ambience of the room and the passion evident in the dancer's every move. I learned that the community of queer tango dancers meets around the world in cities like Buenos Aires, Paris, Berlin… and St. Petersburg in Russia, my own country.

As a Russian identifying as queer, I am fully aware of the rigid policies my country imposes on its LGBT population. In 2013, president Putin signed the infamous anti-gay law criminalizing any distribution of so-called "queer propaganda" among minors. A bill oppressing the country's own citizens engaging in "non-traditional sexual relationships". This legislation has resulted in the arrests of numerous Russians publicly opposing the law, and there has reportedly been a nationwide surge in homophobic propaganda, violence, and hate crimes. Many violators even make use of the same law to justify their actions.

The current situation in my home country hit me hard, and my film Queer Tango goes to Russia is my way of processing my personal feelings as well as contributing to the discourse on the matter. Meeting the genuine and dedicated dancers has meant a lot to me personally, and with this film I hope to support them in their brave efforts to keep queer tango alive around the world – including Russia. My intention is to let this film spread love, peace and tolerance among all people, regardless of sexual orientation and nationality.



© Photo by Evgeny Kovrov




Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Film Director
I discovered the unique world of queer tango in 2014, when I visited the International Queer Tango Festival in Berlin during a research trip. I was blown away by the charismatic ambience of the room and the passion evident in the dancer's every move. I learned that the community of queer tango dancers meets around the world in cities like Buenos Aires, Paris, Berlin… and St. Petersburg in Russia, my own country.

As a Russian identifying as queer, I am fully aware of the rigid policies my country imposes on its LGBT population. In 2013, president Putin signed the infamous anti-gay law criminalizing any distribution of so-called "queer propaganda" among minors. A bill oppressing the country's own citizens engaging in "non-traditional sexual relationships". This legislation has resulted in the arrests of numerous Russians publicly opposing the law, and there has reportedly been a nationwide surge in homophobic propaganda, violence, and hate crimes. Many violators even make use of the same law to justify their actions.

The current situation in my home country hit me hard, and my film Queer Tango goes to Russia is my way of processing my personal feelings as well as contributing to the discourse on the matter. Meeting the genuine and dedicated dancers has meant a lot to me personally, and with this film I hope to support them in their brave efforts to keep queer tango alive around the world – including Russia. My intention is to let this film spread love, peace and tolerance among all people, regardless of sexual orientation and nationality.



© Photo by Evgeny Kovrov



Tanya Haurylchyk
Cinematographer
The imagery of the film emphasizes intimacy and a special attention to details. Our aim is to transmit a sense of closeness with the tango dancers, and to capture them in natural situations of their life that aren't usually exposed to the eyes of others.

The film as a whole is built on the concept of emotions expressed through images, and we continuously work towards visuals that speak for themselves. Some shots might appear intangible or abstract, made to express the ambience of the space.

Some shots might appear blurred at first, such as the soft reflection of a small figure in the mirror. Through images, we aim to express feelings such as the uncertainty of our character's future, or the graceful pride transcending them while dancing.

Tanya Haurylchyk
Cinematographer
The imagery of the film emphasizes intimacy and a special attention to details. Our aim is to transmit a sense of closeness with the tango dancers, and to capture them in natural situations of their life that aren't usually exposed to the eyes of others.

The film as a whole is built on the concept of emotions expressed through images, and we continuously work towards visuals that speak for themselves. Some shots might appear intangible or abstract, made to express the ambience of the space.

Some shots might appear blurred at first, such as the soft reflection of a small figure in the mirror. Through images, we aim to express feelings such as the uncertainty of our character's future, or the graceful pride transcending them while dancing.

The people appearing in Queer Tango goes to Russia come from many different countries, and I (the director) met them during my research trips to Russia, Germany and France. I was lucky to meet so many amazing dancers and get to know their stories. Finally, I decided to let the film revolve mainly around the relationship of Misha and Otar, their efforts during their preparations for the Queer Tango Festival, and their struggles when trying to bring their international guests to St. Petersburg.
Misha and Otar
Founders of Queer Tango festival in St.Petersburg "Salida", Russia
© Photo by Evgeny Kovrov
Céline
Teacher at Echos Tango and Artist at Edith & Marcelle, Co-founder of Queer Tango in Paris
© Photo by Camille Collin
San Fede / Dita
Director of "La Vie en Rose" Queer Tango Festival in Paris, Drag-Tango performer
© Photo by Camille Collin for LVR
Dr. Ray Batchelor
Founder of the Queer Tango Salon, Co-organizer of the Football Tango, London
© Photo by Camille Collin for LVR
Astrid Weiske
Director and founder of the International Queertango Festival in Berlin
© Photo by Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Merk
DJ for Queer Tango milongas, Teacher of Queer Tango in St.Petersburg
© Photo by Ilmira Gorbacheva
Marina and Anna
Founders of Queer Tango Club Festival in St.Petersburg, Russia
© Photo by Camille Collin for LVR
Soledad Nani
A pioneer of Queer Tango movement in Argentina, Tango Teacher in Buenos Aires
© Photo by Tanya Haurylchyk
Lucas Fernandes
Teacher of tango and high heels male dancer, São Paulo, Brazil
© Photo by Tanya Haurylchyk

Volco & Gignoli
Paris, France
Argentinian musicians Sebastian Volco and Pablo Gignoli are composing the original soundtrack of this film. Together, Volco and Gignoli create their own musical language combining tango, jazz, rock, and avant-garde music for a cinematic effect.

Volco & Gignoli
Paris, France
Argentinian musicians Sebastian Volco and Pablo Gignoli are composing the original soundtrack of this film. Together, Volco and Gignoli create their own musical language combining tango, jazz, rock, and avant-garde music for a cinematic effect.
SUPPORT OUR FILM

It truly has been a long journey so far, and we really appreciate the many amazing people we have met along the way – but we are not quite there yet. We need your help to make sure this documentary gets well through its final production stages and out into the world! We are looking so much forward to share our film with you soon.
CABECEO
Development of the project

I discovered queer tango in 2013, and began researching on the subject. Dance has always been important for my films. On the Queer Tango goes to Russia project I decided to focus on why the phenomenon of queer tango happens nowadays, and whether it's possible this dance functions as a catalyst for conflicts in our society.
MILONGA
Production of the film

We obtained exclusive materials for the film during the past three years. We traveled to Russia, France and Germany. We attended both queer tango festivals in Russia Salida and the Queer Tango Club. Additionally, we went to Paris during La Vie en Rose Queer Tango Festival, and to Berlin for the International Queer Tango Festival there. All, and much more, for the making of this documentary!
EL ÚLTIMO TANGO
Post-Production

After months of traveling and shooting we are just about to begin the last stage of the production. We have collected 80 hours of material that we now need to go through and bring together for the film. The musicians we collaborate with are working on the original soundtrack, which is an important part of the film. And now all we need for our team to complete the work is your help.
Our goal is to collect 35 000 €, which will allow us to begin the final production process, pay our team, and finally be able to complete and launch the film.


YOUR DONATIONS WILL GO:
1
Editing
We are planning for a 3-month editing phase working with a professional editor. Additionally, we are aiming to get an editorial advisor onboard during our participation in the Lisbon Docs workshop in Portugal this fall.
2
Soundtrack & Music
We are setting up a recording session in Paris with our musicians and composers for the film, Volco & Gignoli. Furthermore, we need to cover the rights for additional music in the film.
3
Color Correction
Our final stage of production involves a professional color grading process, which mainly serves to match the different images alongside each other.
4
Sound Mixing
In an atmospheric film about dancing, the sound is naturally as important as the image. This is where the professional sound mixer comes in and does his magic.
5
Marketing & Promotion
We are excited to show our film to as many audiences as possible, and in order to reach them, we will produce a range of promotional materials such as posters, flyers, postcards, and even queer tango souvenirs.
6
Events & Special Screenings
One of our goals is to organize special events at a range of screening venues, including venues in Russia. During these events, the filmmakers and main characters of the documentary will meet the audience in person and answer questions.
€5

You'll get a personal shout-out from us: We'll thank you via our social media channels, plus send super good karma your way!
€15 or more

The director will personally send you a thank-you email, and we'll send out a thank-you notice on our social media channels as well.
€35 or more

You'll receive a link to stream the finished film (for private use only), and a personal thank-you notice.
€50 or more

Your name will be included in the Special Thanks section of the end credits of the film – in addition to all rewards listed before!

€100 or more

You'll receive your own copy of the finished film through a digital download link. We'll also throw in a link with a special outtake/ blooper reel with all the great materials that did not make it into the film. This all in addition to reward listed before!
€250 or more

An exclusive early access to a digital pre-screener before it goes online , in addition to all rewards listed before!


€500 or more

The 16 first contributors in this category will receive an exclusiveREADING by DITA LVR, which will be published on our Facebook page. An exclusive early access to a digital pre-screener before it goes online , in addition to all rewards listed before!
€1000 or more

We'll invite you for an exclusive special screening of Queer Tango goes to Russia, where you'll get to meet he film's main characters*. Of course this is in addition to any reward listed before!

* travel is not included
€1500 or more

After the premiere Aleksandr M. Vinogradov, the film director, will travel to Europe, US or Latin America to present the film in person before you, your school, organization or business as a sincere thank-you. Naturally, this is in addition to any reward listed before!

* Cost of flights, expenses not included.
€2000 or more

The 10 first contributors will be part of the film and will have an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit. Your name will be listed in the opening & end credits, all promotional material, as well as IMDB.

* maximum 10 contributors


€5000 or more

The 2 first contributors will get a chance to be part of this film: your name will be listed as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the opening & end credits, all promotional material, as well as IMDB.


* maximum 2 contributors
Our Angel

As in a famous tango song by Astor Piazzolla "Milonga del Angel", you are that one who really cares that our film will be released!
LET'S FINISH THIS MOVIE TOGETHER!
Even if you can't contribute with a donation, there are TONS of other ways
to support the Queer Tango goes to Russia project!
Share our hashtags
#queertangorussia or #QTGTR
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WHY THIS FILM IS IMPORTANT
Music: "Durazno Sangrando" and "In A Silent Way" by Volco & Gignoli
Watch the trailer here