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A Life Apart - Hasidism in America Producers of 'A Life Apart'

CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • Film Credits
  • Producers
  • Resumes of Project Personnel
  • Key Personnel and Advisors

  • OREN RUDAVSKY

    • 820 West End Ave. #14F • New York, NY 10025 •
    • h- (212) 222-9008 • w- 579-4294 • fax- 579-4295 •
    Orudavsky@aol.com - E-mail •


    Producer/Director/Camera:
    - Documentary

    • AND BABY MAKES TWO - In Production - A portrait of a group of women in their late thirties and forties attempting to become mothers without husbands or significant partners.
    • A LIFE APART: Hasidism in America - 35mm, 96 minute documentary. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities; Cine Golden Eagle Award; Charlotte Intl. Film Festival, First Prize; Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center; US Theatrical Release, 1997. PBS, 1998.
    • VISIONS OF EDEN - Jewish perspectives on the environment. One hour. ABC, 1997.
    • A DIFFERENT PATH - A portrait of two communities of Catholic Sisters. One hour. ABC, 1996.
    • PICTURE PERFECT - 5 photojournalists dissect small town America. 12 minutes. ABC PrimeTime Live, 1994.
    • RIDING THE RAILS - Life as a modern day hobo. 14 minutes. ABC PrimeTime Live, 1992.
    • RITUAL: Three Portraits of Jewish Life - One hour. ABC, 1990.
    • THEATER OF THE PALMS: The World of Puppet Master Lee Tien Lu - 16mm, One hour. PBS, 1991.
    • AT THE CROSSROADS: Jews in Eastern Europe Today - 16mm, One hour. Discovery/The Learning Channel, 1990; PBS, 1996.
    • FIRE’SCAPES: A Latino theater troupe performs in Spanish Harlem, 16mm, 29 minutes. Chicago International Film Festival, Honorable Mention, 1988. WGBH, WBYE, 1992.
    • SPARK AMONG THE ASHES: A Bar Mitzvah in Poland - 16mm, One hour. Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival; Cine Golden Eagle; Chris Bronze Award, Columbus Film Fest.; Silver Plaque, Chicago Intl. Film Fest; Sundance Film Festival, 1987. PBS 1988.
    • GLORIA: A CASE OF ALLEGED POLICE BRUTALITY - 16mm, 28 minutes. Atlanta Film Festival, Honorable Mention; Sinking Creek Film Festival, Director’s Choice, 1985.
    • DREAMS SO REAL: Three Men’s Stories - A portrait of three mental patients featuring the animated films they created. 16mm, 28 minutes. New England Film Festival, Best Film, 1981; International Rehabilitation Film Festival, First Prize, 1981; National Mental Health Association Film Festival, First Place, 1981; WNET Independent Focus, 1982.
    • A FILM ABOUT MY HOME - Personal documentary focusing on the filmmaker’s mother’s death. 16mm, 16 minutes. New England Film Festival, Honorable Mention, 1981; CBS Cable, Artists and Mothers, 1984; WNET Independent Focus, 1983.
    - Narrative
    • THE BEGINNING OF THE ROAD - Feature in Development National Endowment for the Arts Filmmaker Grant, 1992.
    • IN THE SYNAGOGUE - 25 minutes. Special Jury Award for Children’s Education, Jewish Video Competition, Magnus Museum. 1994.
    • SAYING KADDISH - 60 minute drama starring Tovah Feldshuh, Phyllis Newman. Emmy Nomination in Directing, 1992. ABC, 1991; PBS, 1993.
    Director of Photography:
    - Documentary (selected credits)
    • UNTYING THE STRAIGHTJACKET A&E Investigative Reports - One Hour, 1997.
    • TWITCH AND SHOUT: Living With Tourettes Syndrome - One Hour. POV, PBS 1995.
    • THE LAST KLEZMER: Leopold Koslowski, His Life and Music, 81 minutes, 1994. Berlin Film Festival, Honorable Mention; San Francisco Film Festival; London Jewish Film Festival; Jerusalem Film Festival, Theatrical Release, 1994/5.
    • MTV’S REAL WORLD I: 13 part syndicated television show. MTV, 1992.
    • AMERICAN SOVIET YOUTH ORCHESTRA. World Tour. 90 minute PBS Special, 1992.
    • THIS LITTLE UTOPIA - Education and Integration - 65 minutes, 1992.
    • VOICES FROM THE ATTIC - 16mm, One hour. Telluride Film Festival, 1988; Berlin Film Festival, OCIC Award; San Francisco Film Festival, Special Jury Award, 1989; Global Village Film Festival, Best of Festival, 1989; Women in Film, Best Documentary, 1989.
    • NO PLACE LIKE HOME. One hour NBC Special, 1988. Emmy nominee.
    • THE AMISH: NOT TO BE MODERN - 16mm, One hour. Cine Golden Eagle, 1984, PBS 1987-1996; A&E 1986.
    • GODOT AT SAN QUENTIN - Global Village Betacam production. 25 minutes 1989.
    • MILLICENT FENWICK - One hour. PBS, 1990.
    - Narrative
    • RITA’S LUCKY SUMMER, 30 Minutes, 1996.
    • FLOWER OF AGE - 25 minutes, 1992. Red Ribbon, American Film Festival, 1993.
    • MONSTERS, The Mandrake Root - Syndicated TV Series, Melba Moore, Frankie Faison, 1990.
    • THE EMPTY BED - 16mm one hour feature, PBS 1988. BBC TV, 1989.
    • I MARRIED A VAMPIRE - 16mm feature, 93 minutes. Distribution by Troma Inc, 1983.
    • CAMERA OBSCURA - 16mm, 28 minutes, 1984. Three River Arts Festival, Festival Award, 1985.
    • GHOSTS OF HIROSHIMA - 28 minutes. Hiroshima and Nagasaaki Television, 1983.
    • AUNT EMMA - 16mm, 14 minutes. 1982.
    - Second Camera
    • SEINFELD, New York shot inserts. NBC, 1992.
    • AMERICAN DREAM - 16mm feature. Academy Award Winner, 1991.
    • HOLLYWOOD: CENSORED AND UNCENSORED - one hour, 1987.
    • A LITTLE VICIOUS - 16mm, 28 minutes, Academy Award Nominee, 1992; PBS POV 1991; Ch. 4, England; Film Forum, 1991.
    Related Experience
    • CITY COLLEGE, adjunct Professor in Film, 1998.
    • COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, adjunct Professor in Directing, 1991.
    • NBC, Post Production Supervisor for film unit. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, 1984/1985.
    • LAUREL ENTERTAINMENT, Post Production Supervisor. TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE 1984-1986.
    Awards
    • Yale University School of Art Shenkin Fellowship, 1997/1998.
    • National Foundation for Jewish Culture Grant, 1997.
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, 1992-1996.
    • National Endowment for the Arts, Filmmaker Grant, 1992.
    • New York State Council for the Arts, Production Grant, 1991.
    • Manhattan Borough President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, 1987.
    • Robert and Adele Blank Jewish Creative Arts Award, 1988.
    • Ohio Arts Council, Production Grants, 1981-1984.
    • Ohio Humanities Council, 1983.
    Education
    • OBERLIN COLLEGE, B.A. 1979
    • NYU FILM SCHOOL


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