Who would have thought that a former emergency room nurse that brought
countless suicidal teenagers and senior citizens back to life at the rehabilitation and cardiology centers throughout the
former Soviet Union, an immigrant that did not know a single word of English upon entering the USA would end up behind the
camera? But she did.
Meet filmmaker Yelena Sabel.
After many years of learning English
she worked her way from the ground up and began to study acting and screenplay writing; following the dreams she had as a
young child. It was not long before she started her career as a stage actress of classic and contemporary plays but never
forgetting her love for film.
Sabel won the audition in the
feature crime drama Lotto: A Modern Day Tale, written and directed by the award winning filmmaker Jerry Russo, also known as actor of HBO's,
The Sopranos. But being cast as the lead actress wasn't enough for her, she was eager to learn what happened
behind the camera. After the director realized it was impossible to kick her out of the set despite the long, never-ending
hours of acting work, he shook his head and taught her production tricks. A month later she became assistant director. The
film won best picture at the Ridgefield Film Festival in New Jersey. Sabel's filmmaking debut
happened when she gave the world the crazy P-Word Pizza. The film is a dark comedy in which she wore the hat of not only writer and producer but also casting director,
set designer, location scout, craft services person, editor and more. P-Word Pizza caused a stir in the film community for its scandalous concept that did not leave
a dry seat in the house. The film went on to win best picture in the alternative comedy category at one of the top 25 film
festivals in the world, the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival.
went to school for acting and scriptwriting, but I taught myself cinematography, directing and editing. In filmmaking schools
they teach you the technical stuff, but they do not teach you the vision and the taste. The only way you'll actually going
to learn how to make a movie is to make a movie." - says Sabel.
Adding to her experience, Sabel
received a role in the feature film, The Night Never Sleeps from Fred Carpenter, director of numerous internationally released films. She
received the role of a prostitute and got to play alongside the brilliant Eric Roberts. As an actress and a filmmaker, Sabel has attracted the attention
of leaders in a variety of industries. Award winning writer-journalist Richard Godwin recently interviewed her in his infamous Chinwag at the Slaughterhouse series and she was
recently featured in Pulp Metal Magazine for her new movie Sex, Blood and Fairy Tales, which won Accolade laurels.
Sabel explains: "My biggest dream is to create something as intense and powerful,
not just entertain people, but rather take them on a journey they will never forget."
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