Abraham Ravett

Abraham Ravett was born in Poland in 1947, raised in Israel and emigrated to the USA in 1955. He holds a BFA and MFA in filmmaking and photography and has been an independent filmmaker for the past thirty eight years. Grants received include: The National Endowment for the Arts, the Artists' Foundation, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Japan Foundation, The Hoso Bunka Foundation, The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Filmmaking. His films have been screened internationally including the Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, California, San Francisco Cinematheque, Los Angeles Film Forum, Innis Film Society, Toronto, Canada, Image Forum, Tokyo, Ponrepo, Prague, and The WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, among others. His work has been broadcast on WNET, New York, WGBY, Springfield, Massachusetts and Free Speech TV's cable broadcasts throughout the USA. His work has won "Top Prize" at the Viennale 2000 , Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Onion City Film/Video Festival. In 1999, he collaborated with dancer/choreographer, Bill T. Jones, on his solo performance, "The Breathing Show." In 2012 Ravett self published his first book of photographs entitled: The North End: Polaroid SX-70 Photographs followed by a 2014 publication of Brighton Beach. A retrospective of his films was shown at the 2014 Festival Film Dokumenter Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Abraham Ravett teaches filmmaking and photography at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts. He can be reached at (413) 559-5492 or aravett(At)hampshire.edu