Eran Preis

Associate Professor
120 Annenberg Hall, 2020 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Professor Eran Preis

Eran Preis received his BFA in theater from Tel Aviv University and his MFA in film from Ohio University. Before entering academia, Professor Preis worked for 15 years as a playwright and screenwriter for Israeli television, theater and film. Five of his plays were produced professionally and received prestigious Israeli prizes, including the King David Award. He has had six screenplays produced for television and film, including Beyond the Walls (as co-author), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1984. Professor Preis now produces video documentaries in the United States. His feature-length documentary The Case of Jonathan Pollard received the New Filmmaker Award at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and was also screened at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, the Dallas Video Festival, the Fort Lauderdale International Film & Video Festival and the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. His documentaries Cheerleaders and Bet Herut: The End of the Beginning (which is currently in distribution through the Cinema Guild) have won awards and have been shown in national festivals. P. Baltimore, a documentary about a homeless woman, is being screened at conferences throughout the country. Professor Preis teaches courses in scriptwriting and international cinema, as well Senior Projects.

Recent Work:

  • Jonathan’s Return (2011) was introduced and discussed on the PBS national program “Voices in the Family.” The program included interviews with Professor Preis and his wife, Andrea Preis.
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