Jan 23 2019
Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (1989–2016) was a creative spirit who left a beautiful legacy of timeless work in film, television, photography, and music.

When Anton’s life was cut short at age 27, his parents created the Anton Yelchin Foundation to honor his memory.

Anton did not share details about his medical challenges with the public, but he suffered from Cystic Fibrosis from an early age. Despite these significant challenges, Anton went on to excel in the arts. It is this spirit of resilience and strength that embodies the mission of the Foundation.

Their mission is to empower and support young people engaged in creative arts who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability. The Foundation’s primary work involves three areas:

  • Awarding financial grants to eligible applicants in need
  • Raising awareness about young artists with debilitating disease or disability
  • Bringing the work of these young artists to a wider audience.

The Foundation gives out annual grants to young artists in addition to other forms of support. By helping young artists shine, Anton’s genius and spirit will continue in those we support. If you would like to honor Anton’s memory by supporting the Anton Yelchin Foundation, please see the website to make a donation.

If you are an artist, we encourage you to apply for the Artist Grant. The Foundation’s grant application period is open year-round and you can find more information on their website on how to apply.

The Anton Yelchin Foundation is a California Non Profit Public Benefit Corporation IRC Section 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Entity
May 08 2019

May 08, 2019Author: JasperNo Comments

Entertainment Weekly has released an exclusive short clip from Love, Antosha featuring Zoe Saldana as she looks back on working with Anton on the set of Star Trek. The documentary film is set to hit theaters this summer.

Apr 12 2019

The wait is over! After screenings from one festival to another, Love, Antosha is set for theatrical release in the U.S. this summer, thanks to Lurker Productions.

VARIETY – Lurker Productions will self-distribute the movie, “Love, Antosha,” beginning with New York and Los Angeles in early August, with Michael Tuckman’s mTuckman Media booking theaters. The film will expand throughout the country into August and September.

“This film proves that passion, talent, and love are stronger than all adversities,” Yelchin’s parents Irina and Victor said. “It has a tremendous charge of positive energy.”

Yelchin died in June 2016 in a freak accident. The doc examines his lifelong passion for the arts, and is told through journals and other writings, photography, original music, as well as interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues. First-time filmmaker Garret Price takes the lead, with Yelchin’s “Like Crazy” director Drake Doremus producing alongside Adam Gibbs.

Co-stars and collaborators interviewed include Chris Pine, Jennifer Lawrence, Zachary Quinto, Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Zoe Saldana, Frank Langella, J.J. Abrams, and Willem Dafoe. In his review out of Sundance, Variety critic Andrew Barker found the film “a touching and surprising portrait of an actor who had much more going on in his life — from a serious illness to some seriously left-field artistic inclinations — than was mentioned in his obituaries.”

“It was so important to us to make this film about our friend, Anton Yelchin,” Doremus and Price said. “Anton embodied the true spirit of what it means to ‘live life to the fullest,’ and his story is one of hope, courage, and most especially, the love of family and of cinema. We’re grateful to share his story with audiences this summer.”

Apr 06 2019

Love, Antosha has been accepted in this year’s KC Film Festival and is set to kick off the festival. Screening will be on April 10th, 7:00 PM – 8:32 PM at the Cinemark Palace at the Plaza – 500 Nichols Rd. Kansas City, MO 64112. Director Garrett Price and co-producer Jordan Krause will be in attendance. You can get tickets by visiting this link.

From a prolific career in film and television, Anton Yelchin left an indelible legacy as an actor. Through his journals and other writings, his photography, the original music he wrote, and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues, this film looks not just at Anton’s impressive career, but at a broader portrait of the man. Born in the former Soviet Union to a family of artists, Anton and his parents came to the U.S. when he was six months old. He started acting at nine. He had a genuine curiosity and love for people, for art, and for family. And a willingness to explore, and be open with, the darker parts of himself. Love, Antosha explores his successes and his struggles, and let’s viewers get to know this extraordinary person the world was cheated from seeing grow old.

Feb 26 2019

Anton’s birthday is next month, and the Anton Yelchin Foundation has organized a celebration for it. His birthday is on the 11th, but the celebration will be held on the 10th, Sunday, so it will be easier for people to come. All friends and fans are invited, 12pm at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery; there will be refreshments and music. Hope you guys can come and please help spread the word! If you can’t go (like me, sadly), they will stream on both days, Sunday and Monday, through their social media accounts: @antonfoundation on Twitter and @antonyelchinfoundation on Instagram.

Feb 06 2019

During the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Love, Antosha, filmmakers Drake Doremus and Garrett Price stopped by the Collider Studio to discuss all about the documentary film.

Jan 31 2019

Love, Antosha has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Anton’s parents stopped by the Deadline studios to talk about the documentary film, along with director Garrett Price and producer Drake Doremus.

Jan 29 2019

Anton’s parents dropped by the IndieWire Studio last weekend to discuss the documentary, Love, Antosha.

INDIEWIRE – It’s been nearly three years since the tragic passing of Anton Yelchin, but thanks to the actor’s prolific pursuits, a new documentary about his life and career includes more than just footage of his acting.  “All the music in the movie, besides the score is Anton,” “Love, Antosha” director Garret Price told Kate Erbland at the IndieWire Studio presented by Dropbox this past weekend. “He scored his own movie, basically. Which is pretty amazing.”

Yelchin’s parents, Irina and Viktor, also spoke at the studio, explaining that “Love, Antosha” is a movie they think he would have enjoyed. “He would love the way the story’s told, how it goes from one thing to another and it flows,” Irina Yelchin said.

Viktor pointed out that Anton had a sense of humility that probably would have kept him from making a movie like this during his life. “He wouldn’t love that we made this movie,” Viktor said with a slight smile. “But the result, he would be really proud of it.”

Before and after his passing in a vehicle-related accident in June 2016, Yelchin was no stranger to Sundance. “Like Crazy,” which co-starred Yelchin, Felicity Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence, won the Grand Jury Prize in 2011. (The film’s director Drake Doremus is also a producer on “Love, Antosha.”) Cory Finley’s “Thoroughbreds,” which featured one of Yelchin’s final roles, premiered at the festival in 2017.

“Love, Antosha” features interviews not just with Irina and Viktor, but a number of former Yelchin co-stars, sharing their memories and experiences both on and off the set. “Star Trek” franchise co-stars Chris Pine and John Cho join Kristen Stewart and others, who each speak to Yelchin’s personal and professional history.

Jan 25 2019

With Love, Antosha premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Anton’s parents, Viktor and Irina, spoke with Los Angeles Times about moving forward, making the documentary, and more. Such a heartfelt interview.

Anton Yelchin’s parents live where their son died. After his sudden death nearly three years ago, Viktor and Irina Yelchin couldn’t bear the thought of selling Anton’s home. He’d been obsessed with the place in Studio City, planting himself on his recliner sofa most nights with a bowl of pretzels, his Brussels Griffon, Elvis, and a stack of movies to watch until 3 in the morning.

So even though it was in the driveway that his Jeep malfunctioned in 2016, rolling downhill and pinning him against a gate, this is where his parents felt they had to be.

“It’s difficult, but we feel his presence,” said Viktor, sitting on his son’s favorite leather sofa last week as the rain pattered on the roof. “We’re closer to him, even if it’s very hard.”

“It’s hard to walk there,” Irina said, her voice breaking as she motioned toward the driveway. “It’s hard to live. But we are. So we have to do something while we’re here.”

The couple have already done a number of things in tribute to their son, an actor who amassed close to 70 film and TV credits — ranging from the most recent “Star Trek” reboots to “Hearts in Atlantis” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — before his death at the age of 27. They erected a statue in his likeness at Hollywood Forever cemetery and donated $1 million to the newly named Anton Yelchin Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Keck Hospital of USC, where he received treatment for the disease.

But at the Sundance Film Festival this month, they’ll debut their greatest labor of love: “Love, Antosha,” a documentary that celebrates the actor’s legacy.

Read the full interview at Los Angeles Times website.