Lev Omelchenko is a Post-Soviet Ukrainian-American Filmmaker and Curator based in Atlanta, GA. As a film director, he is driven by collaborations with cultural and community laborers whose practice is outside of traditional film industry. His film work spans documentary, narrative, experimental and installation often hybridizing the forms to achieve the unique goals of each project. His work advocates for a joyful militancy as an overcoming of the stultifying effects of capitalism, authoritarianism and technocratic crisis management. The vision is to collaboratively imagine a more physically and spiritually sustainable future. A key element of achieving these goals is prioritizing human relationships during the development of the work and holding a safe space for collaborators of diverse backgrounds.
Lev is part of The Bakery Atlanta, a multi-faceted arts complex in Southwest Atlanta that is home to community engagement projects and workshops, environmental education programs and live performances of all kinds. He joined in August of 2017, before its official October opening, and has found a home with the creatives and organizers, whose mission is to provide a vibrant and accessible space. Among his many roles there, he is the lead Curator of Unicorn Gardens Cinema which brings together gems from the film festival circuit and the most talented and experimental filmmakers in the Atlanta film community.