Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Verlotsky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film Study from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where she specialized in cinema of Central Asia and Africa. After moving to the United States, Verlotsky was a programmer for NY DocFest, New York Jewish Film Festival and NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival. In 1999 she established Seagull Films, a New York based programming/distribution outlet focused on art, independent, and innovative cinema from around the world. In 2012, Verlotsky stepped in to create and artistically direct the inaugural addition of the Colors of the Nile, an international film festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Currently Verlotksy is expanding her work in Africa, she opened Seagull Films’ office in Dakar, Senegal, and is committed to bringing more African film titles to North America. She was an associate producer for Russian Ark, the award-winning film by internationally acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov, and is currently producing a feature documentary Red Fantasies by the Academy Award Winning Special Effects Artist, Robert Skotak.