Red Penguins

Dir. Gabe Polsky | 80 min
Documentary USA 2019
EnglishRussian with English subtitles

Detailing an incredible true story involving gangsters, strippers, and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink, Red Penguins tells the wild forgotten true story of capitalism and opportunism run amok in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team formed a joint venture that redefined what was possible in the new Russia. Eccentric marketing whiz, Steve Warshaw, is sent to Moscow and tasked to transform the team into the greatest show in Russia, attracting some of the biggest names in Hollywood and advertising along the way. He takes the viewer on a bizarre journey highlighting a pivotal moment in U.S.-Russian relations during a lawless era when oligarchs made their fortunes and multiple murders went unsolved.

Enjoy a virtual Q&A with Red Penguins filmmaker Gabe Polsky on Sunday, August 2 at 7:30 PM. RSVP here.


Gabe Polsky is a Chicago-born producer, writer, and director. He has co-directed the feature The Motel Life (2012) with his brother, Alan Polsky. His feature documentary debut as a director was Red Army (2014), which he followed with In Search of Greatness (2018). Red Penguins is his latest documentary.

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