FREDERICK RENDINA AND OREN RUDAVSKY
TO EDUCATE A GIRL
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Prior to collaborating on To Educate
a Girl, Frederick Rendina
produced and directed for A&E, the Biography Channel,
the Travel Channel, PBS’s Wide Angle series and
National Geographic On Assignment, and while
based in Dakar, Senegal, field produced for Associated
Press Television News (APTN). His documentary and
narrative films have also appeared on RAI-TV-Italy, NHK-TV
Japan, and on Northwest Airlines as part of the
Independent Feature Project’s Independents-in-Flight
series. For A&E’s international division, he produced,
wrote and edited new material for their Biography and
Investigative Reports series, covering subjects from Anne
Frank to Vladimir Lenin and from counterfeiting to human
trafficking. His films Turning the Tide: Tsunami
Volunteers and Let Good the Good Times Roll
Again, both for Travel Channel, centered on the
aftermath of the 2004 tsunami and the first Mardi Gras
after Hurricane Katrina respectively. For PBS's acclaimed
Wide Angle series Time
For School, he has field produced and filmed
three episodes in Nairobi, Kenya's Kibera slum. Other
works include: Utopia, After the Gun, Kabi and Secrets
of the Soul. His first documentary, A Gang for
Good, narrated by Academy Award-winner F. Murray
Abraham and featuring Jerry Stiller was called “an
antidote for pessimism” by The New York Times.
For Conde Nast he produced "24 Hours In..." an
award-winning travel series. Frederick also worked as a
post-production supervisor for two cycles of the Travel
With a background in dramatic arts, Frederick’s career began in the Literary Department of Joseph Papp’s Public Theater (New York Shakespeare Festival), where he evaluated playwriting, directing and acting talent. He went on to become Story Editor and Associate Producer for actress/director Lee Grant’s Academy and Emmy Award-winning production company, Joseph Feury Productions. Among others, Frederick has received the following Grants and Awards: National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts; Tony Cox Screenwriting Award (as winner of the Nantucket Film Festival screenwriting competition, sponsored by the Showtime Network); Panavision New Filmmaker; Experimental Television Center; Audience Award (Film Fest New Haven), Independent Images Award (WHYY-TV); Bronze Apple Award (National Educational Film & Video Festival); Best Online Series Award from MPA (Magazine Publishers of America); and a special award for tsunami coverage from the South Asia Journalist Association (SAJA).
Before collaborating on To Educate a Girl, Oren Rudavsky completed production as Producer/Writer of the ongoing multi-part series Time for School 3, a twelve-year longitudinal study of seven children’s education in the developing world for the PBS series Wide Angle. He supervised shooting in seven countries simultaneously as well as supervised the editing of the series. The film has been distributed nationally to over 6,000 schools and hundreds of thousands of students. Oren also produced and directed 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 as Producer/Writer/Director on 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 International. 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. Oren has also worked as a post-production supervisor on the film unit of Saturday Night Live and the syndicated series Tales From the Darkside.
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 National Endowment for the Arts filmmaker awards, a New York State Council on the Arts award and other awards and commendations.
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