Vladislav Khesin (Vladislav Petrov by birth) was born in Moscow, Russia in August 1994.
Being interested in writing and having a great admiration for the classic and modern literature from a very early age helped him develop his own language and style and inspired him to write not only short stories, but also scripts.
In 2014 he moved to Los Angeles where he got a bachelor degree in Filmmaking, diving deep into film history and falling in love with the works of such masters as Robert Bresson, Satyajit Ray, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ingmar Bergman, Vittorio De Sica and many others. Since then he started working on numerous projects, from short films to commercials and music videos, collaborating as a writer, director and producer.
His filmmaking style does not rely on dialogue, telling stories mostly through the actor’s performances and camera work. Creating projects that are less descriptive and more visual and character driven Vladislav strives to degrade language and cultural barriers and create work that is comprehensible throughout the world. His first short film Sleep screened in multiple countries including U.K., Austria, Netherlands, India, Sudan and others.
In his latest short film "Flow" Vladislav raises the question whether a persons merging with the society’s actions is worth the price. The film is currently in the festival run.
"I consider Vladislav Khesin a very talented young filmmaker, it was a pleasure to produce one of his very first Short Films “Sleep”. The communication we had as Director-Producer was great, I would certainly work with him again, and I will consider him for future projects. From the beginning, we had only a few weeks to put his initial work together, even though I´m not keen on producing Drama-Thrillers, I felt Vlad’s passion for his script and him wanting to tell his story with a unique perspective; his professionalism made me want to collaborate with him and go on to produce something out of my comfort zone. As Director, Vlad chooses very carefully his film crew, he takes time to go over shot list, budget & schedule and he was open to listen to my production opinions. We not only manage to stay on budget & on schedule, we had as result a great final cut. He is one of the few directors who likes to have a great environment on set based on professionalism, respect & communication."
Cindy Quijada - Producer & Production Coordinator
"I met Vlad for the first time over his script "Flow". The distinctive visual language of the script stroke me right away and made it very clear that Vlad has a lot to say and he knows the exact way he wants to say it. I think that Vlad has a really subtle feeling for the matters and processes happening around us and he takes it personally. This unique quality along together with his deep knowledge in cinema and filmmaking makes him an incredibly talented director, I had a great pleasure working with."
Lisa Astakhova - Producer
"Working with Vlad is always a thrill. Every time he comes back with a story that forces the audience to think and question oneself. He can be raw and subtle and always delivering us high concept projects or something completely out of the ordinary. I believe Vlad is a true artist always pushing the boundaries and always searching answers in his own psyche. He always pays attention to detail and he’s always clear in what he wants. Despite his young age I always feel that Vlad shows maturity in his craft and respect for his work."
Michelle Castro - Director of Photography
"I have had the pleasure of working alongside Vlad on a variety of projects, in a variety of capacities, and have been able to observe him as a filmmaker. Vlad is a very passionate and dedicated Writer, Director and Producer. He is a problem solver that leads his team of creative minds from beginning to the end of the production through his clear, precise vision for the film, and attention to details. I am proud to reference Vlad for jobs within these fields."
Oliver Granö - Filmmaker, Photographer, Entertainer
"Vlad is an insightful director, a creative writer, and a remarkable storyteller. I was fortunate to work with him twice, and it has been a delight! He’s always passionate about getting it right, his utter professionalism amazes me every time and the end result is always stunning!"
Cindy Takehara Ferruccio - Sound Designer