Management

Prof. Sami Shalom Chetrit

Sami Shalom Chetrit is a teacher, poet, writer and filmmaker. Chetrit was born in Morocco, raised in Israel and have lived there since. He also lived
in New York City for many years where he studied (Columbia university) and taught at CUNY. Chetrit scholarly work includes work on society,
education, culture, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

His known scholarly
book in English – Intra-Jewish Conflict in Israel: White Jews, Black Jews – was published by Rutledge, London 2011.
He’s been writing and publishing poetry for thirty years, and published five books of poetry in Hebrew, including:

Zeman Morocco (Morocco Time) by Bimat Kedem Tel-Aviv 2015, Yehudim (Jews) by Nahar Books Israel 2007, Shirim Be’ashdodit by Andalus Tel Aviv 2004.

Chetrit recently published a book of translated poems in English – Jews, by Cervana Brava, Boston.

Chetrit was a leading social activist in Israel for many years. He was among the founders of the alternative school Kedma in the southern neighborhood HaTikva in Tel Aviv, and among the founders and leaders of the social movement HaKeshet, the Mizrahi Rainbow Democratic Coalition.

Chetrit also produced and directed three documentary films
The Black Panthers (in Israel) Speak – a documentary film about the Israeli social-protest movement “The Black Panthers” in the early 1970s. research and script writing. co-production and co-directed with Eli Hamo. (53 min, Hebrew with English subtitles). 2003. Special Screening at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque, 2003. Special Screening at the Jerusalem Cinemateque, 2003. Official Selection The African Diaspora Film Festival, New York, 2004. Official Selection ArteEast Film Festival, New York, 2004. Official Selection for a Greek Alternative Film Festival, 2005. Official Selection for an Irish Alternative Film Festival, 2005.
Az’i Ayima (Come Mother) – a documentary film about Moroccan women of the first generation in Israel. Writing and directing. Produced by Haim Buzaglo. (77 minutes, Hebrew and Moroccan with English subtitles) 2009. DocAviv International Film Festival, Tel-Aviv 2009; official selection, special screening. Darom International Film Festival, Sderot 2009; official selection. Israeli public television, Channel One, official selection for broadcast, October 24, 2009. 5% rating (250,000 viewers)
Shattered Rhymes: the Life and poetry of Erez Bitton . A documentary film about the most renowned Israeli Mizrahi poet in Israel. Through ajourney in his poetry we visit the milestones of his ilfe, and the lives of many in the Moroccan community in Israel. 2014. Was broadcasted on Israeli Yes Doco, a cable documentary channel, and appeared in many festivals and special screenings in Israel and the world. Including Morocco.

Chetrit is serving as an Associate Professor and the head of the School for Audio and Visual Arts at Sapir College.

Ori Sivan- Head of the MFA program

Director and scriptwriter, graduated from TAU Cinema Dept. Among his projects are: “Yeheifim”, mini TV series (director and chief scriptwriter; “Betipul”, TV series (chief scriptwriter and associate creator), winner of Best Series Award and Best Script Award of the Israeli Academy of Cinema and Television, with the American version distributed and broadcast in over 60 countries world-wide; “Shabatot Vehagim”, TV series (chief scriptwriter), winner of Best Series Award and Best Script Award of the Israeli Academy of Cinema and Television; “Clara Hakdosha”, feature film (director and associate scriptwriter), winner of Best Film Award of the Israeli Academy of Cinema, representing Israel at the American Oscar.

Teaches courses: Directing; tutor of final projects.

Photo - Zohar Melinek Ezra

Rani Blair - Head of the BA Program

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

Head of Programs

Ricardo Werdeshiem - Head of Animation Program

Ishai Adar - Head of Sound Design Program

Yael Hedaya - Head of Screenwriting Program

Uzi Adam - Head of Engineering Program

Anat Sela-Inbar - Head of Television Studies Program

Orna Levi Goldbuim- Head of Filmmakin program

Orna Levy: Cinematic Expression and Short Film Directing
BA in film and television studies at New York University, studied animation at the School of Visual Arts, New York; has written and directed programs for Israeli TV Channel 1 and documentary films for Castel Films; Wrote, directed and produced independent documentaries “Akkeda” ,“Head” and “Figure” and dramas:
“Untitled Images”, Mon Semblable” - the films was screened on New York non-commercial channel 13, at Tokyo Film Festival and at the Jerusalem Cinematheque,
“Hallva” – (awarded the judges’ prize at the Efrati Short Film Contest), and
“To Take a Breath” shown in the Jerusalem Festival and in festivals abroad, as well as aired on Channel 2; presently writing a script for a feature film;
Haed of the film department at Sapir Academic College , teaches film-directing and script-writing at Sapir Academic College , Minshar Art School and The School of Visual Theater.

Lecturers

Anat Zeltzer

Yehuda “Judd” Ne’eman

Ori Sivan- Head of the MFA program

Director and scriptwriter, graduated from TAU Cinema Dept. Among his projects are: “Yeheifim”, mini TV series (director and chief scriptwriter; “Betipul”, TV series (chief scriptwriter and associate creator), winner of Best Series Award and Best Script Award of the Israeli Academy of Cinema and Television, with the American version distributed and broadcast in over 60 countries world-wide; “Shabatot Vehagim”, TV series (chief scriptwriter), winner of Best Series Award and Best Script Award of the Israeli Academy of Cinema and Television; “Clara Hakdosha”, feature film (director and associate scriptwriter), winner of Best Film Award of the Israeli Academy of Cinema, representing Israel at the American Oscar.

Teaches courses: Directing; tutor of final projects.

Photo - Zohar Melinek Ezra

Rani Blair - Head of the BA Program

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

Meir Wigodor, PHD

Ran Tal

Dafna Sering, PHD

Aner Preminger

Doron Tsabari

Yael Shankar, PHD

Eilon Rachkobski

Dr. Erez Peri

Yael Inbar

Odaya Cohen Raz, PHD

Itay Harlap

Modi Bar-On

Sigalit Banai

Tzvi Tal, PHD

Jonathan Bar Giora

Uri Weissbrod

Eran Lazar

Yossi Appelbaum

Graduates

Meital Abukasis - Graduate of Filmmaking Program

Ariel Cohen- Graduate of Filmmaking Program

Michal Gideon Graduate of Sound Design Program

Nellie Guy - Graduate of Filmmaking Program

Amram Jacoby - Graduate of Filmmaking Program

Eran Polishuk - Graduate of Filmmaking Program

Andres Rapaport - Graduate of Sound Design Program

Dori Rivkin

Dori Rivkin, scriptwriter, director, editor. Graduate of the Department for Film and Television at Sapir College. Lecturer in the Practical Track (Engineering) in the Department of Audio and Visual Art at the Negev College, in Sapir College.

Dan Sachar - Graduate of Filmmaking Program

Amir Tal - Graduate of Filmmaking Program

Mizmor Watzman - Graduate of Animation Program

Yankale Amzaleg - Graduate of Television Studies Program

Efrat Corem – Film Track Graduate

Robby Elmaliah - Graduate of Filmmaking Program

Hagai Arad - Graduate of Filmmaking Program

David Gavro - Graduate of Engineering Program

Liran Kapel - Graduate of Animation Program

Ophir Raul Graizer - Graduate of Filmmaking Program

Roman Shomonov - Graduate of Engineering Program

Matan Noifeld - Graduate of Sound Design Program

Ronen Amar - Engineering Track Graduate

Bazi Gata - Engineering Track Graduate