A Russian born New York-based writer/filmmaker, Marina studied film and theater at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Her plays have been produced nationally and internationally and she received awards and funding for her work from Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as Jerome and Brown foundations.
Marina’s short films, including her directorial debut Lullaby for Ray (2011), as well as Christina and Nikki, (2010) and The Silent Love of the Fish (2004) have screened at film festivals around the world and won awards including Best Short Film in Hamptons and Toronto, 2 Accolades Competition Awards, and Creative Spirit Award for Originality/Creativity.
Her feature films as a writer include Buddha’s Little Finger (Rohfilm, Germany – Telefilm, Canada, 2015), and X-Tina (Rising Star in Screenwriting Award, Canada International Film Festival, in development). Marina’s latest film, Sea Child, premiered at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and went on to screen at 8 other venues around the globe, including festivals in Toronto, UK, Paris, and India.
Marina is also known for Red Blues, the book of nonfiction she co-authored with Dennis Shasha.
A former Fulbright Scholar, she works as an independent screenplay consultant and teaches film and screenwriting at The New School University in New York.