TOURING FILMMAKERS

Adam Hootnick

Adam Hootnick

Films: UNSETTLED

Available: Year-round

UNSETTLED is Adam Hootnick’s first film. Previously Adam covered politics and international affairs as a producer at MTV News & Docs, focusing on the war in Iraq and MTV’s Choose or Lose coverage of the 2004 US Presidential election. Adam has also worked at NBC News and MSNBC, and has covered stories for broadcast and print media in India, South Africa, Cuba, and Israel, where he lived in 1997-98. Before working in film and television, Adam also worked for the South African Parliament’s Justice Committee and for the Boston Consulting Group. Adam is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Arik Henig

Arik Henig

Films: RABIN-PERES: EVERYTHING IS PERSONAL

Available: February 2010

For the past 25 years, Henig has served as media and political advisor to Israel's most prominent leaders. His long and intimate professional and personal relationship with Rabin allowed Henig to create RABIN-PERES: EVERYTHING IS PERSONAL, a unique and fascinating portrait of these two legendary Israeli leaders, whose actions have dramaticaly shaped the modern Middle East.
Other acclaimed documentaries by Henig include "The Holy Cup", which follows the journey of Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv in teh European Final Four tournament; "The Big Boys Show" (behind the scenes of the all-star game in Washington in 2001), and a recent documentary about one of Israel's biggest soccer stars.

Dani Menkin

Dani Menkin

Films: 39 POUNDS OF LOVE, JE T'AIME - I LOVE YOU TERMINAL

Available: August 2011 - January 2012

Dani Menkin is an award winning writer, director and producer of the feature film Je T'aime, I Love You Terminal (Israel, Czech 2011), and the creator of the Israeli Academy Award winning film which was also short listed for the Oscar HBO/Cinemax documentary, 39 Pounds of Love (USA, 2006).  
Dani collaborated with Ilan Heitner as supervising director of the cult film The Wisdom of the Pretzel (2002).  Among his other success are the documentary Like Aroesti (1998), and episodes for The National Geographic Channel and UVDA (1994-2004), which won him awards and increased his popularity. 
Most recently, Dani collaborated with filmmaker Yonatan Nir on the documentary film The Dolphin Boy, which premiered at the 2011 hotDOCS Film Festival. 

Any of the above films are available for booking through Dragoman Films with a presentation / Q&A with director Dani Menkin. 

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Hilla Medalia

Hilla Medalia

Films: AFTER THE STORM, TO DIE IN JERUSALEM

Available: Year-round

Now based in NYC, Medalia earned a master’s degree in Mass Communications: Professional Media Practice from Southern Illinois University (2004). Recently, she was a senior producer of the award-winning documentary 39 POUNDS OF LOVE (2005 Ophir Award, “Israeli Oscar”). The film also won “best documentary” at both The 2005 Palm Beach and Mill Valley film festivals, and made it onto the Academy Award short list for best documentary film. Medalia has received numerous honors and recognitions including a 2005 Regional Emmy Award for the documentary project Condition: John Foppe, and the 2004 Angelus Award for directing the short film, Daughters of Abraham.
In 2007 Hilla directed and produced her first feature film, TO DIE IN JERUSALEM. The film screened around the world and has garnered many prestigious awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award and 3 Emmy Award nominations.
Her latest film AFTER THE STORM premiered at the 2009 LA Film Festival and went on to win Audience awards at Woodstock Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival.

Ibtisam Mara'ana

Ibtisam Mara'ana

Available: October-November 2011

For the past 10 years Ibtisam has been creating documentary cinema that advances women and speaks to the relationships of women within Palestinian-Arab society in Israel. Among her award winning films are Lady Kul el Arab, following the first Druze woman to participate in the Miss Israel Beauty pageant; Three Times Divorced, bringing the story of a Gazan women who married an Israeli Arab and fights for custody on her children after he divorces her in absentia.

Ibtisam's most recent film is 77 Steps, is a personal documentary revealing the turbulence encountered when she falls in love with a Canadian Jewish man who immigrated to Israel. 

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