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the coming of age story of a Russian boy and his parents in their first turbulent years in America.
Barry Shurchin
Los Angeles, California
United States
2 Team Members

 "Immigrant" is the true coming of age tale of nine year old Russian boy, Daanyik, whose family immigrates to the United States in the late nineteen seventies in search of the American dream. 

His childhood is soon interrupted as he is hurled into the harsh reality of New York City. 
As Daanyik loses his father Deema to suicide, watches his mother Meela struggle alone and poor he becomes even more helpless.
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Out of the desperation for survival, Meela begins a relationship with Tolik, an abusive man that may have had a hand in Deema's death. Daanyik is tormented by his new stepfather, a lecherous Rabbi and a ghetto Brooklyn neighborhood full of enemies. 
The battle grows fiercer, the story grows tragic and the young boy becomes a man. 
Who We Are

A group of talented independent filmmaker with a passion for telling stories that need to be heard, seen and felt. 


Barry Shurchin (Director,Writer) was born in Lvov, Ukraine in 1971.  His family immigrated to the U.S. in 1979.  Shurchin spent his adolescent years in Flatbush Brooklyn, attended the State University at Albany for his undergraduate degree in Russian Literature and studied acting with Bill Esper, Earle Gister and Olympia Dukakis in the late nineties.  Since then he has worked on stage, guest starred in “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order” and played supporting roles in “Rollerball” and “School of Rock.”  Barry’s films include “Down on Brighton,” which won Best original Screenplay at The Nodance Film Festival in 2002, “One Roll,” a short drama about the murder of a young photographer, and “Barry Dingle” a feature starring Lukas Haas, Veronica Cartwright, Nicole Sullivan and Erik Palladino. Shurchin is currently days away from wrapping up production on a documentary about one man’s pursuit of spirituality called “The Salvation of Barry.” His screenplays “Disgruntled,” “Immigrant” and “Cannibal Love” have such talent attached as Adrien Brody, Jeremy Piven.


Martin Yernazian (Cinematographer, Editor, Producer) is a 29-year-old Argentine-born, now-California-based filmmaker. During his 5-year residency in the San Francisco Bay, Yernazian met musician extraordinaire Michael Masley where he formed Atorrante Films to develop and produce his opera prima Art Officially Favored: the documentary about the life of the eccentric musician featuring appearances from Steven Tyler, Jack Douglas, Michael Manring, Joe Elliott and many more. In Los Angeles he teamed up with FX guru Roger Kupelian (Lord of the Rings, Cloverfield)and his company Fugitive Studios to work as their lead artist developing Kupelian’s epic multi million dollar film East of Byzantium and their short form productions (music-videos for Grammy award winner Serj Tankian).
Earlier in 2011, Martin was hired to direct the film Amelia’s 25th starring Academy Award nominated actress Jennifer Tilly, Danny Trejo, Margaret Cho and director Robert Rodriguez among the many in this multi starring quirky indie.


Matthew Helderman (Producer) grew up in Connecticut and attended The Gunnery School; sparking his interest in filmmaking at a young age. Helderman went on to study philosophy, English and film at Lake Forest College in Chicago. While an undergraduate he wrote a thesis on the films of Wes Anderson and then a senior thesis on the films of Woody Allen. In 2009, Helderman began working on "The Alumni Chapter" with the idea of shooting it as a short film. Shortly thereafter, the film evolved into a full-length feature. Independently raising the capital, hiring the cast and crew, and securing the logistics - Helderman produced and directed "The Alumni Chapter", his feature film, from the ground up. After a festival run "The Alumni Chapter" sold to Los Angeles based Celebrity Distribution for international distribution rights. Helderman moved to Los Angeles and began work as a 1st AD, UPM and Producer on features, commercials and music videos while also developing his second feature film.
Helderman currently works at Paramount for Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions as a UPM and co-Producer.
What We're Doing

With production slated to begin in late June 2012, we are seeking additional funds to secure necessities. 
Our goal of $30,000 will go entirely towards the production. 
The cast, which includes highly awarded performers and the crew, which includes phenomenal talent and drive to tell this story have all agreed to massive pay cuts because of how deeply they feel for the story. 
What You Get For Helping

You are as important as any other member of the production. Each contribution will help us move forward to share this story and reach those who will be touched by its message. 
Where Will The Funding Go

Every cent raised here will go directly towards locking the locations, rental fees, cast and crew wages, transportation fees and craft services - THAT"S IT. 
The film is meant to be made on a shoe string budget because of its nature - it is a story of survival, a story of struggle and a story that must be fought to be told. 
Can We Exceed The Goal

Immigrant is a film for everyone. Can we exceed the goal? Absolutely.
How Can I Contact You?

Please visit the Immigrant Facebook page and reach out to us directly regarding anything!
Where Can I Learn More?

The Immigrant Facebook page will be our central spot for updates, casting information, and production progress!
Other Ways To Help

In order for us to be successful we need your help in spreading the word. Hit your Facebook, Twitter, email and friends with Immigrant updates and lets make a great film together!
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This campaign ended on May 18, 2012
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