What is Vaskino?
Vaskino is a village about 50 miles outside of Moscow.  The village estate, which dates back to the early 19th century, was purchased in the early 1890s by my great grandfather Vladimir Semenkovich.  His closest neighbor was Anton Chekhov, with whom he collaborated to improve local conditions.

To me the word Vaskino evokes a lost past, fin de siecle Russians, sentimentalists and their artistic pursuits--not to mention "kino," the Russian word for film.

Serge Gregory has made ten narrative, documentary and experimental short films since 1997.  His film “Tientsin Diaries” (2006) is a fictional documentary about Russian expatriates in China on the eve of World World II.  “Foster Island” (2004), inspired by New York landscape filmmaker Peter Hutton, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and was included in the Best of the Northwest Film and Video Festival 2005 tour.  His films have been exhibited at the Seattle International Film Festival, One Reel Film Festival, Seattle Art Museum, Northwest Film Forum, Library of Congress, and a variety of museum, gallery and alternative venues in the North America and Europe. Gregory's films have been funded by Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Seattle Arts Commission.  He is a board member of Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum.   

Born in China of Russian parents, he came to the U.S. when he was seven years old. Gregory is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary, spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at Leningrad State University, and holds a Ph.D. in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Washington.