After receiving an M.S. degree in Oceanography, Vitaly Sumin produced ocean-related documentaries (Jacques Cousteau style) which eventually led him to abandon his scientific career to get a B.A. degree in film directing. He subsequently worked as a co-writer and producer on numerous productions. Sumin’s award winning short film "From Womb To Tomb", which he wrote, directed edited, and produced, made a world tour of important festivals. Sumin received a US patent #4,784,394 for his invention "The World Belongs To You!" - an interactive tourist game (including video, reality TV and other versions).
Sumin further studied at The Sorbonne in Paris under a study grant. His script "Idiot", a contemporary international thriller based on Dostoevsky’s novel, received a development grant from The Warner Bros Fund. A number of other Sumin's scripts are circulating in the United States and Europe.
- FILMS COMPLETED AND IN DEVELOPMENT:
2017-2020: VM Productions is currently developing a package of four feature-length films, with Sumin slated to direct: Idiot-LA, Shades of Blood, Crime and Punishment-LA and Nancy's Game (click here for more info)
2020:Nick Investigates Robert Hurley's Disapperance (animated feature) - In Production ! (click here for more info) Vitaly Sumin resides in Los Angeles.
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2006: Shades of Day, - the initial offering of VM Productions' the ambitious Dostoevsky-LA Project. This film was selected by the Rutgers University’s professor Gerald Pirog for his course in cinema along with classic works by Bertolucci, Kurosawa, Bresson, Scorsese, Shrader, Von Sternberg... (click for more info)
2013: Shades of Day - Director's Cut 2013
two feature films -- -
Dostoyevsky Reimagined: The
Making of Notes From The New World --
- The Missing Screenwriter -
- Dostoyevsky Reimagined: The Making of Notes From The New World --tied with
- The Missing Screenwriter -(click for more info)