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Tomer Heymann
Film Director



"Charged, fascinating, emotionally stirring and thought-provoking."
Yediot Aharonot


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Born in 1970 in Tel Aviv, Tomer graduated from the Cinematography Department at the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv in 1997. Not certain of his future path, he chose to concentrate on volunteer community work, mainly in the Gay and Lesbian Association as a social leader for youth with sexual identity problems. From 1998-2000 he was involved in an experimental project in Azur, a neighborhood near Tel Aviv. During the second year he started to document his relationship with the youth group he guided, a process that eventually turned into his first award-winning film: "It Kinda Scares Me."

Tomer is drawn mostly to the "anti-heroes" in society and the "darker places"; he tells stories of youth at risk, foreign workers, Jewish and Arab kids studying at the same school, the gay-lesbian community and single mothers - always with great love and compassion. Even when portraying one of Israels best-known rock stars, Aviv Gefen, Tomer focuses on the musicians ambition and perseverance, lending the film a universal theme of survival and victory. With a natural empathy for his subjects that transcends culture and mentality, he succeeds in touching the hearts of many all over the world.

Tomer has participated in numerous international film festivals, and was the big winner of three awards in the 2006 Berlin Film Festival for his movie "Paper Dolls": the Panorama Audience Award, the Manfred Salzgeber Prize, and the Siegessäule Readers Prize. Paper Dolls was released for commercial screening in Switzerland, 15 states in the US, and Tel Aviv. In November 2006 Tomer presented his movie "Bridge over the Wadi" at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in Holland, as part of the prestigious Silver Wolf competition.

Tomers 2007 film "Out of Focus" concentrated on the enigmatic personality of Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Bat Sheva Dance Company. Another film, "Black and White," focused on the journey of the Idan Reichel Projects Ethiopian singers back to their country of birth. Tomer is currently working on a new autobiographical film, "Back and Forth," to be premiered at the end of 2009.


Prizes and Awards

2006    
Paper Dolls:
Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival
Best Documentary at the Cinemanila International Film Festival in the Philippines.
Panorama Audience Award - The Berlin Film Festival
Manfred Salzgeber Prize - The Berlin Film Festival
Siegessäule Readers Prize - The Berlin Film Festival
Pink Apple Public Award - The Pink Apple Film Festival
2006
Bridge over the Wadi: 
Best Documentary Series Award - The 1st Israeli Documentary Film Competition 
2002
It Kinda Scares Me:
Best Documentary Award - The 51st International Melbourne Film Festival, Australia
Best Documentary Award - The 17th International Turin Gay & Lesbian Film FestivalItaly
Special Jury Mention - Milan International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Italy 
The Audience Award - Israfest Film Festival, New York
2001      
Best Documentary Award - The Haifa International Film Festival, Israel
Best Documentary Film - The Israeli Film and Television Academy Awards


Filmography
2006        Paper Dolls, Documentary
2005 Bridge over the Wadi, 4-part series
2004  Paper Dolls, 6-part series
2002 Fucked-up Generation, Full-length documentary on Aviv Gefen, Israels leading rock singer 
2001 It Kinda Scares Me, Documentary, 57 min
1997 Laugh Till I Cry, Documentary, 45 min.
1996 Big Mama, Documentary, 21 min.


IcExcellence is supporting Tomer in tailor-made artistic programs, and providing special career advancement consulting.
 

Black over White

Fucked-up Generation

Fucked-up Generation

It Kinda Scares Me

Paper Dolls

Press Reviews

 

"Charged, fascinating, emotionally stirring and thought provoking."
Yael Gvirtz, Yediot Aharonot

"Spine-tingling, gripping, and eye-opening...one of the saddest, most fascinating and important events on television in recent times."
Avner Shavit, Achbar Ha´ir

"A mesmerizing television series; moving, thought-provoking and innovative."
Ainat Frenbach, Seret

"A wise and sensitive documentary seriesa moving achievement of dramatic and humane sensitivity"
Roi Zeibel, Walla

"It is no small mark of Tomer Heymann´s skill as a filmmaker that he manages to weave all of these elements into a graceful and intelligent film....Heymann, whose ´It Kinda Scares Me´ made a strong impression when it played Makor earlier this year, is quickly emerging as a documentarian to be reckoned with."
George Robinson, The Jewish Week

"Tomer Heymann and his group of boys introduce us to a world that is foreign to many of us, and bring us very close to the true meaning of brotherly love."
Jury of the 2001 Haifa International Film Festival, upon conferring Best Documentary Award

"Human, likeable and touching."
Amir Kaminer, Yediot Aharonot, 2001

"With simple cinematographic language, armed with an insightful but not invasive camera, Heymann successfully shows us a very Israeli and painful picture of boys neglected by an Establishment that forgot its duties."
Joel Pinto, Haaretz, 2001

 

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