A four-person film crew from Russia 1, the top state-owned television station in Russia, visited Kodiak this weekend to do research on the Shelikhovs and get shots of Kodiak for a film in the works.
The team was lead by Andrey Semenov, a well-known producer in Russia. The film’s director, writer and cameraman accompanied Semenov to Kodiak.
“He is one of the most successful Russian producers on TV,” film writer Nadezhda Suslova said.
The crew visited the city for two days and worked with Kodiak historian Dawn Black to get background information about the Shelikhovs, who lived in Kodiak.
“A relative of Grigorii Shelikhov was here in Kodiak about two years ago,” Black said. “He has a great interest to get people to come here to document his family history.”
Black is very familiar with the Shelikhov history in Kodiak. She coauthored a book about the Shelikhov family with Russian scholar Alexander Petrov. The Shelikhovs played a key role in the Russian settlement in Alaska and established an outpost on Kodiak Island at Three Saints Bay in 1784.
During their short stay the crew planned to visit the Baranov and Alutiiq museums, Monashka Bay, Pillar Mountain and Old Harbor for research and video footage.
The film will also include the upcoming celebration at Fort Ross in California.
“Their arrival has something to do with the 200th anniversary of Fort Ross,” Black said. “It was the outpost of a Russian American company.”
The film crew will travel to Santa Rosa, Calif., for the Fort Ross Bicentennial Conference April 24-27.
Black will also attend the conference as one of the lead speakers.
“A lot of Russians will be coming,” Black said. “I’ll be giving a speech about the Chichinov family of Kodiak and how they were involved with the restoration of Fort Ross.”
After the conference, the film crew will return to Kodiak for a week in May to continue filming, when the weather will be better suited t their work.
“We hope it will be shown on TV once it is completed,” director Tatiana Vardanyam said.
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