THE ELEVATOR OPERATOR is a meditation on the simultaneous power and futility of hope. Eugene Sheiman runs a manual elevator in a New York City office building, trapped in his six by six foot cage. We discover that Eugene, a Ukrainian Immigrant, was a journalist in Kiev and has published a novel in Russian. Now that he’s an American citizen, The Elevator Operator reveals his big dream. (8 minutes, color, 2004)


Video Librarian
Fall, 2007

Directed, Shot and Edited by: Jonathan Skurnik
Composer: Chris O'Rourke
Sound Mix: Jim Parr

Order the film from New Day Films, (888) 367-9154

Broadcasts, Festivals and Screenings

Urban TV, Film Festival in Madrid, Spain, November, 2006 (Winner, Best Documentary)

ReelNY, PBS broadcast on WNET, July 20, 2006

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, February 19, 5pm, 2006

Maryland Film Festival Opening Night Screening, May 5, 2005

Martha’s Vineyard Independent Film Festival, March 19, 2005

Exit Art Gallery, New York City, March 5-May 7, 2005

IFP Buzz Cuts, New York City, March 8, 2005