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  • OREN RUDAVSKY - Filmmaking Experience

    Oren Rudavsky, Producer/Director and Director of Photography, is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio. He has been producing and directing films since 1980. His first documentaries were made in Ohio and were funded in part by the Ohio Humanities Council and the Ohio Arts Council. The subjects of Mr. Rudavsky's films has ranged from mental illness to race relations, the Amish, Jews in Eastern Europe today, to a portrait of the life of modern day nuns in two communities in the United States.

    His first documentary, Dreams So Real, a film about three mentally ill men who created their own animated films won first prize at the New England Film Festival in 1981 and was broadcast on WNET’s Independent Focus the following year. Also completed that year was a short autobiographical film, A Film About My Home, which was broadcast in Independent Focus as well, and was then broadcast as a Special called Artists and Mothers on CBS Cable along with films by the artist Joseph Cornell, and filmmakers Martin Scorcese, Jonas Mekas and Mark Rance. Shortly afterward, Mr. Rudavsky produced Gloria: A Case Of Alleged Police Brutality.

    Several of Mr. Rudavsky’s films have been broadcast on PBS including Spark Among the Ashes: A Bar Mitzvah in Poland (1987), Theater of the Palms: The World of Puppet Master Lee Tien Lu (1990), and as Director of Photography, The Amish: Not to be Modern in every year from 1986 to the present. (The Amish has been one of the most popular independent documentaries ever broadcast on PBS). Spark Among the Ashes won many awards including second prize at the Chicago International Film Festival, a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival and inclusion in the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. At the Crossroads: Jewish Life in Eastern Europe Today, was broadcast on the Discovery Network. Two other films about Jewish life in America have been nationally broadcast on ABC: Ritual, a documentary about Jewish ritual incorporating scholarly commentary with portraits of individuals; and an original drama he wrote, Saying Kaddish, which was nominated for an Emmy in Directing and was rebroadcast on PBS in May of 1993. Other work includes Riding the Rails, a segment about a modern day hobo for ABC's PrimeTime Live, which won a Teddy Award; Picture Perfect, a segment about a small Missouri town also for ABC’s PrimeTime Live; and A Different Path a one hour documentary about modern day Catholic Sisters for broadcast on ABC in 1996. He was also Director of Photography on the popular MTV series The Real World; Twitch and Shout, a film about Tourette’s Syndrome which was broadcast on PBS’ POV series; and the award winning The Last Klezmer.

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