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 enjoyed a successful career as a playwright before turning to filmmaking.
As a writer, she has worked with Tony Pemberton on his feature film “Buddha’s Little Finger”, a German-Canadian co-production, released in 2016. Marina’s first short film as writer-director, Lullaby for Ray, starring Estelle Bajou and Alfredo Narciso (Homeland, Demolition), won awards and screened in festivals around the world, including Toronto and Cannes. Her second film, Sea Child, premiered at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival and screened at numerous other festivals. Both films are distributed by TV Shorts International, Play Festival Films, and Fandor. She is also known for Red Blues, the book of nonfiction she co-authored with Dennis Shasha.
Marina has received awards and funding for her work from Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, James Thurber Foundation, and Fund for Mutual Understanding. A former Fulbright scholar, she has taught screenwriting at St. Lawrence University, Montclair State University, and SCAD. She currently teaches film The New School, NY.
Her current projects include The Fruit of our Womb, a feature film, and The Dungeon, a TV Drama series.