Maria Vinogradova

PhD Candidate


Title: Amateur Cinema in the Soviet Union (1957 - 1991): History, Ideology and Culture


Maria Vinogradova joined the department in 2010. Her primary interests are nontheatrical cinema, as well as cinema of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc. 

She is currently working on her dissertation on Soviet amateur film culture, focusing on state-sponsored amateur film workshops between 1957 and 1991. Expanding the focus beyond the patterns of ideological control and resistance, her dissertation analyzes a broader array of political, cultural, social, economic and aesthetic realities of a socialist state that shaped Soviet amateur film culture. Ultimately, this project seeks to include the mode of socialist film workshop into the taxonomy of amateur cinema. A large part of this dissertation research involves rediscovering collections of films produced within these workshops that settled in private hands throughout Russia and the former Soviet republics.

Maria has a degree in journalism and visual media fromSt.Petersburg State University in Russia and an M.S. in History, Theory and Criticism of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute, New York. She was a recipient of Fulbright scholarship that funded her study at Pratt Institute in 2006–2008, and of Council of Media and Culture Dissertation and Thesis Grant that partially supported her research trip to Russia in July–December 2012.


  • "'High Art' Locally: Screen Adaptations of IuG-Film." In Small-Gauge Storytelling: Discovering the Amateur Fiction Film, edited by Ian Craven and Ryan Shand.Edinburgh University Press, 2013.
  • "Between the State and the Kino: Amateur Film Workshops in the Soviet Union." Studies in European Cinema 8, no. 3 (May 2012): 211-26.
  • "Amateur Cinema in the Soviet Union and the Leningrad of Film Amateurs in the 1970s- 1980s." Kinokultura, no. 27 (January 2010).