New York City based Maxim Pozdorovkin is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and media curator. His documentary Pussy Riot: a Punk Prayer premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Award. Released theatrically around the world, the film was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Pozdorovkin holds a PhD from Harvard University and is currently an artist fellow at Harvard's Society of Fellows. His first feature film, Capital, is a modern-day city symphony about the construction of Astana, a utopian city in the center of Kazakhstan. Pozdorovkin’s film, The Notorious Mr. Bout, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Maxim is the director of Clinica de Migrantes:Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (Mountainfilm 2016).