through the Chernobyl exclusion zone
Maria Matios is a decorated Ukrainian writer, MP of the Ukrainian Parliament, cultural and social activist. She is known for her guardianship over the people who have undergone regime persecution during the Revolution of Dignity as well as saving many lives during the war in Eastern Ukraine. read more >
Taras Mayba – a producer, entrepreneur, social activist. The success of the Taras Mayba Company, as well as one of the biggest Ukrainian holdings “Maybash Group”, allows him to begin actualizing his dream – investing in the future generations, developing the culture of his hometown Lviv. read more >
Igor Savchyn – artist, art director. Igor and Alexander Denysenko have been working together for the last 8 years. His hands of gold help to realize the most ambitious of ideas, creating an amazing sceneries, decorations, and special FX makeup.
Lukasz is known for his work in the blockbuster TV-series of TVP (“Mystery of the Secret Code”), cooperation during the editing of prominent feature films (“With Fire and Sword’). Lukasz is a co-creator of a couple of hundred TV commercials (McDonalds, Jacobs, T-Mobile), as well as more than a hundred of music videos.
Wiktor known for his work on films by Agnieszka Holland (“Pokot”), Marcin Wrona (“Demon”), Jan Komasa (“Suicide Room”).
Iryna is art director, VFX artist.
Vitaly Klitschko is a three-time world heavyweight champion. He currently serves as Mayor of Kiev. His father participated in the clean-up of reactor number 4 at Chernobyl. He dreamed that one day his boys would become the world unified champions of boxing. A few days after Vitaly and Wladimir won all the titles, he died of cancer. read more >
Oleg Sobchuk - musician, frontman and co-founder of Ukrainian rock-band SKAI. The success and popularity of the band in Ukraine and throughout the world has made it possible for Oleg to realize his lifelong dream - to make the world a better place. read more >
Oleksandr Korotun – photographer, cinematographer. Wonderwall is his debut. Fascinated with the aesthetics of abandonment. His interest in the urban exploration style of photography, inspired him to work on this film with a particular passion.
Maxim is a VFX-supervisor and VFX-artist in feature films, commercials (Toyota, Idea Bank). As CG-artist he won a prestigious award at the Berlin Festival of Light (2016). Maxim was born and raised in Pripyat. At the time of the accident he was 6 years old. He and his family were evacuated.
Patrycja being a musician from childhood has developed a passion for sound. Her education in music and fine arts helped her evolve in becoming a sound designer for film. She is known for her works with NGO of Anna Dumna (“3 days of freedom”, “Portrait form memory”).
OLDEN STUDIO FILMS is an international creative studio and production boutique based in Lviv, Ukraine. OLDEN STUDIO FILMS specialized in designing and producing commercials, music videos and promo-films for international clients. read more >
CCI Charity is bringing help to the Children affected by the disaster of 1986. Adi Rosche's, the founder of CCI life’s work is founded on hope and courage: the hope that the children – one by one and heartbeat by heartbeat – will thrive; and the courage to envision and create a better world. read more >
Alexander Denysenko is a Film Director, specialised in designing and directing Commercials, Music Videos and Feature Films.
After graduating from Master School of Film Directing (Warsaw, Poland), he furthered his education working under the tutelage of Academy Award winning director - Andrzej Wajda, and Academy Award nominated DOP - Slawomir Idziak (known for “Black Hawk Down”, “Harry Potter”, “Gattaca”, “King Arthur”).
Film directing allows Alexander to realize his greatest passion – telling stories that have the potential to touch hearts, and awaken the vision to change the way we see things.
Musician in the past, melomaniac, and a director today. Alexander continues to have a strong passion and desire to create music videos. His aim is to relate ideas, emotions and experiences to the audience while combining cinematic narrative to help magnify the emotional soul of the music. As a sympathizer of the counterculture, Alexander brings freshness, energy, and passion into his works. His directing style has a strong emotional response in the hearts of youth.
Alexander has directed for clients from Los Angeles (Mark Boals), New York (UIA), Belgium (Iron Mask), United Kingdom (Kenny P), Poland (Idea Bank) and Ukraine (Prime Time, Anna).
He is a member of the Polish Filmmakers Association (PFA).For more information please refer to Alexander's personal page: www.alexander-denysenko.com
“As Teddy Roosevelt once quoted: “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” My interpretation being: let go of negative emotions that devour you, and cherish the memory of your loved one as a halo that guides you. They will always be with you, because of your unconditional love. Their memory and your love for them will surely set you free.
By setting the story in Chernobyl, I wanted to create a film not about a catastrophe or its consequences, such as death, loss and grief. I have been striving to redefine them in a highly positive way. I want to show a special view of the situation, by making a film about how unconditional love helps to overcome grief and loss. I wanted to make a film that would be a Wonderwall - something that gives strength, a sturdy foundation for hope.
Telling the story through the perspective of a young man that has all his life ahead of him, but having lost the most amazing girl in the world, he lost himself, my desire was to help such people reframe this terrible experience and take possession of their lives.
I want people to reconcile with themselves and in their hearts realize the realities of these two dissonant worlds. To help them cope with the loss of a loved one in a different light. To be inspired by what this person means to them. The love of a loved one remains forever, they will always have a special place in their heart, as they forge ahead in creating a new life. Finding this new freedom will exhilarate one, like a big breath of fresh air, every pore will open itself to this new found realization.”
Maria Matios is a decorated Ukrainian writer, MP of the Ukrainian Parliament, cultural and social activist. Her book “Sweet Darusya” has received the most prestigious state culture award as well as numerous other awards and honors and is considered to be one of the most iconic works of modern Ukrainian literature.
Maria Matios is also known for her guardianship over the people who have undergone regime persecution during the Revolution of Dignity as well as saving many lives during the war in Eastern Ukraine.
One of the biggest aspirations for Maria Matios is to cultivate Ukrainian culture. Cooperating on the realization of international artistic projects with the new vanguard, she believes in the effectiveness of this cooperation.
One of these projects, “Wonderwall”, in her opinion, can become a catalyst of cultural transformations in Ukraine. Maria Matios believes in sharing the common values with the world, this movie is expressing new perspective on the eternal themes of love, loss, and hope. The universal language and emotional soul of music, aptly speaks to the hearts of the young generation.
Vitaly Klitschko is a three-time world heavyweight champion of boxing, and is the eighth longest reigning heavyweight champion of all time. He currently serves as Mayor of Kiev and head of the Kiev City State Administration.
Klitschko’s father was one of the many brave men who participated in the clean-up of reactor number 4 at Chernobyl. He dreamed that one day his boys would become the world unified champions of boxing. A few days after Vitaly and Wladimir won all the titles, he died of cancer from radiation poisoning.
Vitaly Klitschko believes that his father helped shape him life and inspired him to support youth and future generations through the arts and empowerment to be the best in their life and help make an impact on the world. The short music film “Wonderwall” has both elements which Vitaly believe strongly in and can help support a worthy cause.
Vitaly Klitschko desire is to help support awareness of the social needs caused by cancer which is universal and transcends all borders and is something which is personal. Through the universal suffering that cancer causes, regardless of title, rank or station in life all of us are looking for hope.
He believes this film “Wonderwall” can help to further the exposure of message and goals which are aligned with his beliefs and desires.
Taras Mayba – producer, entrepreneur, social activist. The success of the Taras Mayba Company, as well as one of the biggest Ukrainian holdings “Maybash Group”, let him begin actualizing his dream – investing in future generations, and helping to develop culture in his hometown of Lviv.
In 2006 Taras founded “Gallery-Museum of Retro Cars Maybash”, which now includes more than 50 prominent items of the automotive industry. Owing to Taras’s fascination of western cinema, the museum has added to its collection, John Travolta’s Rolls Royce, Bruce Willis’ Ford, as well as the Chrysler which was featured starred in the “Green Hornet.”
As associate producer, Taras Mayba was involved in dozens of music videos, cooperating with OLDEN STUDIO FILMS for more than 7 years (Prime Time “My Passion”, Iron Mask “God Punishes, I Kill”)
Taras believes that Wonderwall, with its inspirational message will serve as an example and inspire the development of a quality media industry in Ukraine. By using the topic of Chernobyl in an atypical way and showing it in a positive light gives it the possibility for the world to discover Ukraine. Thanks to its entertaining form and by using universal language, this may help Ukraine elevate itself on an international scale.
OLDEN STUDIO FILMS is a creative “in house” team, that brings together talent from Ukraine, Poland and North America. Boutique has full service facilities, professional film-production equipment, and operates on the “turnkey” principle: providing every possible service needed to deliver end-to-end, “from conceptual to final deliverables.”
Notable clients - companies & artists from Europe, UK, USA, Ukraine and Middle East. Highlights of some of the works we are proud of:
- the teaser for “Sweet Darusya” (2015), the most acclaimed modern Ukrainian feature film project – an adaptation of the world-renowned bestseller by Maria Matios;
- music video for a Belgian band Iron Mask – “God Punishes, I Kill” (2012), starring a world-renowned rock-star from Los Angeles - Mark Boals;
- music video for the band Prime Time – “My Passion” (2010), which was the reason the band was picked by the band Linkin Park for the joint performance in St. Petersburg in 2012;
- a music video “Game with God” (2010), filmed for the band “Anna”, according to Ukrainian rock press, “…was a qualitative new step for alternative music.”
For the staff of OLDEN STUDIO FILMS, working on every project passionately helps to embody their desire and mission - to inspire the world!
Corporate web: www.oldenstudio.com
Oleg Sobchuk - musician, frontman and co-founder of Ukrainian rock-band SKAI. The success and popularity of the band in Ukraine and throughout the world has made it possible for Oleg to realize his lifelong dream - to make the world a better place.
Oleg's charitable activities have helped to create certain social initiatives, one of them being raising donations for the Amosov Institute for children with heart conditions in 2017. In 2015 and 2016, while on tour in the USA and Canada he raised funds for rehabilitating soldiers who participated in ATO. In 2012 he participated in a charitable marathon "Together for Life" to raise funds for children stricken with cancer. In 2010 Oleg participated in a fund raising concert in Poland appearing with the "Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity". These funds were directed to equip a children hospital. In 2007 with the use of music videos he helped bring social awareness in the fight agains AIDS and changing peoples attitudes towards people who are HIV-positive in Ukraine.
Oleg feels that the main thing is musics magical effect in helping people overcome life obstacles. Oleg believes that the short film WONDERWALL has the potential to help people around the globe and to give people a ray of hope in the moment of their despair.
Official web-page: www.skai.com.ua
United Nations-accredited, non-profit, international development, medical, and humanitarian organisation that works with children, families and communities that continue to be affected by the economic outcome of the 1986 Chernobyl accident.
CCI was founded in Ireland in 1991 by Adi Roche in response to an appeal from Belarusian doctors for aid. Roche, previously a volunteer in a nuclear disarmament group, received a fax in 1991 which read “SOS appeal. For god’s sake, please help us get the children out,” which inspired her to take action. That year, Roche set up a small workspace in a spare bedroom of her home and began organising ‘rest and recuperation’ holidays for a few Chernobyl children.
Over its lifetime, the organisation has grown in strength and numbers and is now the single largest contributor to Belarus and the fallout from Chernobyl. It also acts as an advocate for the rights of those affected by the Chernobyl explosion, and engages in research and outreach activities to encourage the rest of the world to remember the victims and understand the long-term impact on their lives.
To date, Chernobyl Children’s contributions exceed €105 million in direct and indirect aid. Its flagship Rest and Recuperation Programme has brought over 25,500 children to Ireland, returning an average of two years to each child’s lifespan.
Message from Adi Roche: “My life’s work has been to develop programmes that restore hope, alleviate suffering and protect current and future generations in the Chernobyl regions. CCI is founded on hope and courage: the hope that the children—one by one and heartbeat by heartbeat—will thrive; and the courage to envision and create a better world.”
Official web-page of SKAI: www.chernobyl-international.com