A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Boris Gortinski

Cinematographer and Director

Born in Belgrade. He was educated in Serbia, USA, Poland. Graduated with honors from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Cinematography Department, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia.

His first feature film, while being the student of the final year, "Live Broadcast", directed by Darko Bajic, was awarded on many domestic and International Film Festivals.

His work on the feature film "The Forgotten Ones", directed by Darko Bajic, won him highest former Yugoslavia’s cinematography awards: "Golden arena" and "Milton Manaki".

Feature film "Better than Escape", directed by Miroslav Lekic, was awarded the Grand Prix award, at the Herceg Novi Film Festival.

He also completed two twelve-hour miniseries, "Sivi Dom" and "Zaboravljeni", directed by Darko Bajic, considered to be among the best ever made in the former Yugoslavia.

In between feature film works, he directed documentaries and other short subjects: "Slavko Vorkapitch, Life and Death of a Hollywood Filmmaker", "King of the Dunghill", " Serb Embraces Slovenian, Croat,…", just to name a few.

From 1991. he lives in Los Angeles (USA), where he completed three feature films ("Prisoner of time", "Harbinger", "The Gray in Between"). "Prisoner of Time", directed by Mark Levinson, was in the official competition of the International Film festivals, Moscow and Palm Springs.

In 2005, for "Take a Deep Breath", directed by Dragan Marinkovic, he won "Gold Remi Award", for best cinematography, at the 38th Houston World-Fest, International Film festival.

"On the Beautiful Blue Danube", directed by Darko Bajic, is his tenth feature film as Director of Photography. At various Film Festivals, this film won many Domestic and International Awards. Among them it was awarded the winner of the Film Series at 2009 Cine Gear Expo, entitled "A Tribute to the Visual Art of Filmmaking". He also won Best Cinematography Award at the 2009 West Hollywood International Film Festival.

In 2011, completed full length documentary film, "O' Gringo", (90 minutes), coproduced by Urca Filmes (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) and Magic Line (Belgrade, Serbia), directed by Darko Bajic. The film had an extremely successful theatrical run in Serbia and Brazil.

Currently finishing his short feature directorial debut, "Just Like Lemonade" expected to be completed soon.


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Branislav Bala

Branislav Bane Bala (writer/director/producer) is a Serbian filmmaker based in New York City. He holds an MFA in film directing from Columbia University.

His short films have played worldwide. His short film Shades of Gray was distributed by Doug Liman’s Hypnotic Releasing, and his commercial spot Magic was a Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s Award selection. He co-produced two low-budget features: Across Dot Avenue and Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish. The latter was invited for a week-long run at New York’s famous Lincoln Center and opened to rave reviews. He has taught various film classes at the University of Hartford, The New School, Art Institute of Austin, Ramapo College and was the chair of the Film Department at Katharine Gibbs School. He often collaborates with his brother Nemanja. Their latest collaboration, a feature film “Love Hunter” premiered at the prestigious Warsaw Film Festival and was “among its highlights”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Publishing

Prayer Book

The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America is pleased to announce the publication of a beautiful pocket-size, full-color, English-language Prayer Book, which has been compiled and designed by our newly enthroned His Grace, Bishop Maxim, and printed in Serbia. The book contains prayers commonly used by Orthodox Christians, lists of Scriptural Commandments, and brief articles on the precepts of Faith, proper conduct in church, and the meaning and practice of prayer. It is adorned with striking icons and illustrations by Fr. Stamatis Skliris, a parish priest in Athens who is renowned as an iconographer and as a writer and lecturer on Byzantine iconography. Full-color on coated stock throughout, 36 pages, 3¾" × 5½" format, paperback, saddle-stitched.