Emagine Entertainment and Gold Star Films are thrilled to announce the Red Carpet Premiere of THE RUSSIAN FIVE will take place at Emagine Royal Oak on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 6:00 PM. Red Carpet will begin at 6:00 PM, a screening of the documentary THE RUSSIAN FIVE will begin at 7:00 PM, and an Afterglow Party will immediately follow. Tickets to the Red Carpet Premiere and Afterglow Party will be $160.00.
All proceeds from the Red Carpet Charity Premiere will be donated to the to the ‘Vladimir Konstantinov Special Needs Trust’, a trust that will directly benefit Konstantinov’s medical needs. In addition, 5% of all the proceeds from revenue generated from the movie will also be donated to the special needs trust. Notable celebrities attending this premiere will include Stanley Cup Champions and Detroit Red Wings Alumni Vladimir Konstantinov and Darren McCarty with more celebrities to be announced in the upcoming weeks.
To purchase tickets for the Red Carpet Charity Premiere of THE RUSSIAN FIVE, please go to Eventbrite and search “The Russian Five Red Carpet Charity Event” or click the link – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
Director Joshua Riehl
As a young Red Wings fan growing up THE RUSSIAN FIVE Director Joshua Riehl’s favorite Detroit Red Wing was Vladimir Konstantinov, admiring his tenacity and toughness. When Konstantinov’s limo hit a tree and his career and life were forever changed, the whole city was devastated, including Riehl. Years later when Riehl was involved in a very serious car accident, his grandparents gave him a Konstantinov jersey.
“Remembering that Vladdy hadn’t given up despite his circumstances helped inspire me to find the resolve to have the third and final surgery, recover and pursue my dream of making films”, said Riehl. “To be able to not only tell the story of Vladimir and the Russian five, but to use our premiere to find a way to give back to him, is such an incredible honor. If we can make a whole new generation aware of what an incredible player and human he is and to do so while helping Vladimir out with expenses that aren’t covered by his insurance, that would make all of the years and sacrifices I spent on this film worth it.”
The Konstantinov family is grateful for this story to be told and for the special needs trust to benefit Vladimir. Irina Konstantinova says, “On behalf of Vladimir, Anastasia and me, we wish to express our sincerest gratitude to the Ilitch Family, entire Red Wings organization and all of Vladdy’s fans. We are honored Parliament Studios Inc. choose to make this movie and for Emagine Entertainment to be hosting a premiere to benefit Vladimir. This movie is close to our hearts and we are thankful everyone can now share in the story. Our family will be forever grateful for all the support. We hope this can inspire everyone to never give up and to believe!”
‘Vladimir Konstantinov Special Needs Trust’ is intended to provide for Konstantinov’s extra and supplemental care, comfort, support, maintenance, and education, including vocational, rehabilitation or technical training, as well as for his entertainment, vacation needs, healthcare insurance and transportation not otherwise available to him or covered by insurance or governmental assistance. He is the sole and only beneficiary of the trust and any funds donated to the trust including any income generated by it may only be used for his benefit and needs.
In addition to all the proceeds from the Red Carpet Premiere and a portion of proceeds from film distribution, a GoFundMe page has been set up. If you wish to donate to the ‘Vladimir Konstantinov Special Needs Trust’ please go to, https://www.gofundme.com/the-vladimir-konstantinov-special-needs-trust
THE RUSSIAN FIVE will be playing at Emagine Theatres in Michigan also on Friday, March 22nd. The documentary can be viewed at Emagine Novi, Emagine Canton, Emagine Birch Run, Emagine Palladium, Emagine Rochester Hills, Emagine Royal Oak, Emagine Macomb, Emagine Saline, Emagine Hartland. Tickets are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to www.emagine-entertainment.com
For more information about the film, please go to www.therussianfive.com/
About Emagine Entertainment
Emagine Entertainment’s affiliates own and operate luxury theatres in Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota , and Wisconsin. Emagine operates theatres with a combined 25,000 seats and 237 screens. Emagine has led the way in bringing luxury theatres to the metropolitan Detroit market.
Emagine is a recognized innovator in the theatrical exhibition industry having been the first theatre chain in the world to convert to 100% digital projection. In 1997, Cinema Hollywood (now Emagine Birch Run) was the first theatre in Michigan to open with all stadium seating. Emagine was the first to introduce 4K projection to the Detroit market and it boasted three of the first 100 Dolby Atmos® immersive sound systems deployed worldwide. On December 15, 2017, Emagine began operating the largest movie screen in the State of Michigan with the opening of its Super EMAX auditorium (featuring laser projection technology) at its megaplex in Novi, Michigan. Paul Glantz, Chairman of Emagine Entertainment, has been interviewed on CNN concerning his views and opinions on the operation of luxury theatres. On February 28, 2018, Emagine Entertainment, Inc. and 7-time BET Award-winning and Grammy® nominated superstar Big Sean (Sean Anderson), announced their joint venture agreement to develop, Sean Anderson Theatre, powered by Emagine, a world-class cinematic and live music entertainment center in Detroit (and potentially at other sites around the U.S., as well. The new partnership is actively scouting prospective sites in Detroit with the goal of opening in Detroit by early 2020.
Emagine’s luxury experience incorporates not only reclining chairs but also gourmet snacks, reserved seating, in-seat service and other upscale amenities such as valet parking. All Emagine theatres offer adult patrons the option of enjoying their favorite cocktail, beer or wine while concurrently maintaining a genteel and welcoming environment for families.
Emagine Entertainment is proud of its excellent leadership team dedicated to maintaining a high standard of customer service and fastidious attention to cleanliness in its theatres. Emagine’s management has established themselves as recognized leaders in quality and in providing their guests with the best possible movie-going experience.
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About The Russian Five
In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings hockey team was a laughing stock, often called the “Dead Wings”. After a wealthy pizza magnate bought the failing franchise, he appointed an unorthodox General Manager to build a championship team. Throwing off conventional wisdom, the new GM looked to America’s mortal enemy in the Cold War, the Soviet Union itself. Through a plot that sounds like a spy novel, the Red Wings organization brought on one Russian after another, sneaking them out under cover of night and whisking them to the Motor City, only to find that the new players faced another problem: Integration.
The film follows the stories of the five Russian players that emigrated to America, took root in Detroit, Michigan, and struggled to fit in, all while training day and night to become Stanley Cup champions. The new immigrants had to learn to communicate with their teammates, assimilate into the culture, and become Americans. Yet, along the way, the Russians began to teach the rest of the team the core of Soviet hockey, and better still, they started winning.
The Russian Five is the true story of immigrants that became American heroes, teammates that became family, and a scrappy, resilient city that became a world champion, twice. It’s a story about hopes and dreams becoming reality, and the harsh reality of dreaming big. The names Federov, Larionov, Fetisov, Kozlov, and Konstantinov are legend now in the Motor City and their influence is still felt throughout the National Hockey League today.
And all because a few brave people decided to set aside national identity to reach for the stars.