Lesya Kalynska is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. Originally from Ukraine, she earned her MFA in directing and writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The short films The Balloonist and The Debt, which she directed and produced respectively, have been screened internationally, including at the Sundance and Tribeca festivals, winning the Best Student Film Award at the Hope and Dreams IFF in NJ, along with winning awards at other festivals as well. Lesya produced the documentary Salt in The Air and the short Ukrainian Lessons, which won the Fipresci Award in 2013 at Odesa International Film Festival. Her latest film is A Rising Fury, which she co-directed with Ruslan Batytskyi.