Natalia Ryabchikova is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her BA in Film Studies from the Russian State University of Cinematography (VGIK, Moscow) in 2008. In 2003-2008 she worked as a film critic for the Russian Internet newspaper Utro.ru, and since 2005 she has worked as an interpreter for the Moscow International Film Festival. She has published articles on Soviet film history in Kinovedcheskie zapiski and Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema. Her research interests include Soviet film production in the 1920s, and theory and practice of Sergei Eisenstein.