Spend 69 seconds with … Eldar Rapaport

Spend 69 seconds with award-winning writer and film director Eldar Rapaport.

01Your first job.
Waiting tables.

02The job you wanted as a child.
To be in advertising.

03Your hero.
Sean Penn.

04One word your best friend would use to describe you.
Morose.

05Finish this sentence: I first kissed a boy…
… the world was a happy place.

06Your biggest indulgence.
Watching 3-4 films a day at a film festival.

07One thing no one knows about you.
I think nothing white should be worn below the waist line (except for socks and underwear).

08Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
Watermelon, suntan lotion and a notepad.

09 Your favourite movie.
8 1/2.

10 The one thing you are most proud of.
Following my dream.

Eldar Rapaport

Meet Eldar Rapaport

Writer/Director Eldar Rapaport is the 2009 winner of the European Iris Prize, the most prestigious Award for International Gay and Lesbian Short Films, for his acclaimed short film ‘Steam’.  “Steam” – about two men stuck in a steam room with no exit – is still going strong on the festival circuit, picking up the prestigious 2009 Iris Prize in Cardiff, UK and the Jury Award at LesGaiCineMad in Madrid, and is available on the 2010 best-selling DVD shorts compilation ‘Best Gay Shorts’ from TLA Releasing.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, he moved to the US in 1991 to attend Emerson College in Boston. In 1997 he joined the new media world, producing websites, DVDs and other multimedia projects for a variety of worldwide clientele.

In the Spring of 2001 he started Film Production studies at NYU, and a year later he wrote and directed the short film “Tremor,” a short film about a hustler juggling a double life. “Tremor” premiered in New York at the 2003 NewFest Film Festival, and went on to screen internationally, including festivals is Spain and Australia.

“Postmortem,” his second short film, and the basis for “August”, premiered in 2005 and screened in over two dozen festivals around the world, including Vancouver, Sydney, London, New York’s NewFest, Seattle International Film Festival, Outfest in Los Angeles, and the Palm Springs Short Films Festival. It received the Audience Award for Best Short Film in Barcelona GLFF. It was picked up for DVD distribution by Picture This! Entertainment and aired on MTV/Logo cable channel in the spring of 2008.

Eldar returned to the UK in the fall of 2011 to shoot a short film with his Iris Prize grant of £25,000.

He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Tel Aviv.

Visit http://www.erapfilms.com.

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