The Russian Winter.

  • Director: Petter Ringbom.
  • Country: Rusia, USA.
  • Duration: 94 min.
  • Year: 2012.
  • original language: English. O.V.S.S
  • Leadings:John Forté, Alina Orlova, Sunsay, Victor Logachev, Artemy Troitsky, Natasha Bedingfield, Petra Nemcova, Raekwon, Brian Satz, Ryan Vaughn, Patrick Firth.
  • Cinematography: Petter Ringbom, Ian McAlpin.
  • Editor(s): Petter Ringbom.
  • Music Composer: John Forté.
  • Producer (s): Christophe Charlier.

Brooklyn-born John Forté was a Grammy-nominated musician in The Fugees at 21 and a federal prison inmate at 26. When his prison sentence was remarkably commuted in 2008, Forté was given a second chance to share his talents with the world. Chronicling his concert tour across Russia, this inspirational documentary takes us on Forté’s personal journey—one that’s as much about having his voice heard as having his music heard.

Petter Ringbom grew up on the Swedish island of Gotland. After studying at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, he partnered in the creative agency Flat where he served as an art director for clients like MoMA, T-Mobile and Knoll. He has taught at Parsons School of Design and New York University and served on the board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His film ‘May Fly’ premiered at Stockholm International Film Festival and screened at festivals around the world. Petter’s collaboration with Karl Haendel, ‘Questions for My Father’, has been at Harris Lieberman Gallery, Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts and Wexner Center for the Arts. The film was selected for the Art Video program at Art Basel Miami in 2012. His first feature documentary ‘The Russian Winter’, a film about American musician John Forté, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 and has screened at Moscow International Film Festival and IDFA.