The Founder

Dan Geva (Ph.D.) graduated the Sam Spiegel film School in 1994 with distinct honors. His debut “Jerusalem; Rhythms of a Distant City” (1993) won The Volgin award and numerous international grand prizes. Since, he has made over 25 full-length documentary films, winning world acclaim in festivals and broadcasts alike. Among the most notable are Peace of the Brave/1998 what I saw in Hebron/1999, Routine/2000, The Key/2001, Fall/2003, Think Popcorn/2004 and Noise 2012. He is a Senior lecturer in documentary studies and a fellow researcher at Haifa University. Geva teaches Film theory and practice, documentary ethics and philosophy, documentary history at Beit-Berl College and Sam Spiegel Film Institute, among other educational institutions. His 2006 film Description of a Memory, homage to Chris Marker’s classic Description of a Struggle (1960), has been celebrated as one of the Ten Best Documentaries of the 2000s. In 2012 it was  screened at the Marker-Planet World Exposition at the Centre Pompidou. Recently  it was launched worldwide in a double DVD set with Marker’s restored classic—accompanied with a special edition booklet. As a Schusterman Grant awardee, Geva has served as a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Institute of Art (2010). He also taught, among other academic venues, at Hunter College NY, and IFS Koln, Germany. He earned his MA and PhD with honor distinction at the interdisciplinary program at Tel-Aviv University. His Dissertation is entitled “The Extended Sign of the Documentarian” (2015). Geva is the laureate of the lucrative 2011 “Dan David Prize for Promising Researcher in Cinema and Society.” His recent TV series entitled “The Documentarians” was nomineed for the Ophir Prize. His forthcoming book (2018) for Palgrave Macmillan, NY, is entitled “Toward a Philosophy of the documentarian.” His new essay-film is “I Ecclesiastes” (2018). Geva has been recently announced the laureate of the Leading  International pedagogue Teacher Award, CILECT, 2017.


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