Prof. Avner Fainguelernt - Head of the Audio and Visual Arts School and Head of the MA Program at Sapir College
Director, researcher and independent filmmaker. Head of the Audio and Visual Arts School and Head of the MA Program at Sapir College. Initiator and director of Cinema South Festival. Co-editor of film journals: Southern Film Notebooks, Southern Treasures. His movies have been screened in scores of festivals in Israel and the world, movie theaters and television stations, and have won awards in various world festivals. Among his movies: “War Matador, Love Matador”, and “Men on the Edge - Fishermen Diary”.
Graduate of Cinema and Television, and Psychology at Tel-Aviv University. Completed his Ph.D. studies at UEL University in London. The subject of his doctorate is a comparative Lacanian reading of European journey films following the father, and their connection to the Odyssey. Guest lecturer at Columbia University in New York, FAMU School of film in Prague, and the MA program for cinema culture at Haifa University.
Teaches courses: Cinematography expression; cinema of poetry - theoretical-practical workshop; desert travel movies workshop; tutoring final projects.
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Rani Blair is an Israeli television director and scriptwriter, winner of the Israel Academy Award for Television, and was Chairman of the Directors Association in Israel. He was born in the village of Yesha in the western Negev. His father, Yosta Blair, was Chairman of the Association of Israel Agriculturalists. Blair graduated from the Cinema and Television Department at TAU in the 1980s. He began his professional way directing music clips for Barry Saharof for his albums “Ham Al Hayare’ach” and “Simanim Shel Hulsha”, as well as directing television articles for Channels 1 and 8.
In 1999-2004 he co-wrote and co-directed the television series “Shabatot Vehagim” with Anat Asulin and Ari Fulman, broadcast for 5 seasons on cable Channel 3 (now HOT). In 2006, the three then co-wrote and co-directed the series “Parashat Hashavu’a” for this channel, broadcast for 3 seasons until 2009.
In 2008 Blair replaced Doron Tsabari as Head of the Directors’ Association, until 2012 when Yariv Horovitch received the post.
In 2009 he directed the series “Teivat Noah”, created by Shmulik Kalderon, broadcast on Channel 2, Reshet. Blair co-wrote the script with Maya Heffner. In 2011, he wrote and directed “Adama”, a 5-episode mini-series, broadcast on HOT 3. He then created and directed the political drama series “Shvita”, aired in July 2012 on YES Drama.
In 2012 Blair ran for Knesset, third place in the party “Eretz Hadasha”.
On 7.1.15, Channel 1 began airing the program “Isur Venegi’ah”, presenting the film “Hahefeh”, which is based on Yehosu’a Greenberg’s book “Hahefeh” - a love story between a yeshiva boy (Itamar Rothchild) and a cancer-afflicted girl (Keren Berger). In addition to the central plot, we follow him as a man, after being appointed head of the yeshiva - played by Rani Blair - as he copes with the yeshiva boys who have love stories similar to his. Director: Amihai Greenberg.
Photo - Amichai Malchi