The Russian Winter

Commissioned Feature Doc / Released

“This strangely moving film, which John Forté co-produced, centers around a nine-week music-making journey that he took across Russia in 2011 — a trip for which he had to obtain special permission from his parole officer.”

T Magazine Blog

John Forté was a Grammy-nominated musician in The Fugees at 21 and a federal prison inmate at 26. When his prison sentence was remarkably commuted in 2008, Forté was given a second chance to share his talents with the world. Chronicling his concert tour across Russia, this inspirational documentary takes us on Forté’s personal journey—one that’s as much about having his voice heard as having his music heard.

The Russian Winter was directed, shot and edited by Opendox’s Petter Ringbom, and produced by LeCastle FilmWorks. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012, had its international premiere at Moscow International Film Festival, and screened in competition at IDFA.

The Russian Winter was released domestically by FilmBuff, and is available on iTunes.

The T Magazine Blog called the film, “strangely moving.” Movie Buzzer gave us a glowing review, and NBC4 had us up very early one morning for an interview.

 If you want to know more about The Russian Winter or any other project, just say  hello .

If you want to know more about The Russian Winter or any other project, just say hello.