Biography

In the spring of 2010, Oren Rudavsky completed production of the feature length documentary To Educate a Girl, produced for the United Nations Girls Education Initiative's tenth anniversary and filmed in Uganda and Nepal.

Oren completed production as Producer/Writer of the two part series Time for School 3 in 2009 , a twelve-year longitudinal study of seven children’s education in the developing world for the PBS series Wide Angle. He was also the director/cameraperson for the Time For School segment filmed in India in 2003 and 2009. The film has been distributed nationally to over 6,000 schools and hundreds of thousands of students.

Oren also produced, directed and photographed another child and family centered documentary And Baby Makes Two, a one-hour documentary funded by ITVS for PBS and broadcast on the series Independent Lens. In 2008, he produced Javier Tellez’s acclaimed Letter on the Blind for the Whitney Biennial.

He completed his first fiction feature The Treatment, starring Chris Eigeman, Ian Holm and Famke Janssen in 2006. The script was adapted from the novel by Daniel Menaker. The film premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded Best Film, Made in New York. The film sold to over twenty international territories.

Oren’s non-fiction feature Hiding and Seeking was nominated as best documentary in 2004 for an Independent Spirit Award, enjoyed a wide theatrical release and was selected for broadcast in 2005 on the acclaimed PBS series POV. It was also selected from hundreds of entries to represent the United States at the 2006 Input Conference in Taiwan. It won the Grand Prize at the Warsaw International Jewish Film Festival and was Best Film at the North American Interfaith film festival in 2004. The New Rebublic called Hiding and Seeking “Timely and Courageous”. The New York Times called it “Moving, Honest and True” and The Nation said that Hiding and Seeking was “Far too important – and too moving for anyone with a conscience to ignore.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities funded his 1997 film, A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and Sarah Jessica Parker, the film enjoyed a highly successful theatrical release, was on the short list for the Academy Awards best documentary and received an Emmy nomination for its national PBS release in 1998. It won First Prize at the Charlotte Intl. Film Festival. The New York Times called A Life Apart “Illuminating, revealing and extraordinary!" The Philadelphia Inquirer called it “A unique glimpse into this closed society”.

Oren’s other work includes producing segments for the ABC’s national primetime series PrimeTime Live, the PBS series Media Matters, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and other national programming.

Many of Oren’s films continue to have long DVD and Broadcast lives and Oren has also developed websites for many of his films. Oren was the recipient in 2008 of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has received two NEA filmmaker awards, a NYSCA award and many other awards and commendations.

 

 

Non-Fiction Filmography
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A Life Apart
And Baby Makes 2
Time For School 3
Puppet Masters
Hiding and Seeking
To Educate a Girl

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