How many Hollywood movie producers have a PhD? How many have a degree from Kiev University of National Culture and Art? How many film producers moved here in the last five years from Ukraine and started their own production company, produced, wrote and/or directed short films, and feature films and created one of the most entertaining digital series on the Internet and is also one of the best looking women in town?
Give up? Her name is Anna Skrypka and all those things just mentioned are absolutely true. The only thing that may be able to stop her forward progress is green Kryptonite and apparently only Ben Affleck has access to that and he’s been too busy to remember where he stashed it. Anna has achieved so much in such a short amount of time that some people are calling her a wunderkind. Only a few people in Hollywood’s legendary history have been crowned with that title and we think that it is quite appropriate for Anna to have it written after her name too.
She started out in Ukraine, which is way over in Eastern Europe about 6,300 miles from tinsel town. How she got to Los Angeles is not surprising because this lovely and obviously determined woman goes after what she wants with all her strength and will power. She was studying social sciences at the University of Kharkiv in Ukraine and her thesis just happened to be on how the entertainment business impacts society. What a surprise! She was also working as an anchor at a TV station and putting on the Miss Kharkiv beauty pageant, which turned out to be one of the area’s most popular shows and cultural events.
So, brains and beauty and drive; but wait…there’s more! She couldn’t get show business out of her mind so she moved to the states in 2011 and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in filmmaking from the New York Film Academy. Is there no end to this woman’s persistence? We think not. After that, of course, there was no stopping her. She made tons of short films and feature-length films, among which is the movie Waves, which was shot in the Philippines and received solid reviews and did very well at the box office.
I just caught her latest project, which she is producing and co-created with Charles Ancelle and Adrian Morales Ramos, called Behind The Blinds AKA Filmmaking 101. This digital series is truly one of the best I’ve seen and I am hooked. It follows the lives of two charming Eastern European mobsters who decide to get into independent movie making and we watch as it all goes slowly out of control because of their inexperience. We can’t wait to see what’s next for Ms. Skrypka, she’s some kind of wunderkind!