Film Directing - Screenwriting - Editing

James Israel and Jeff Israel

James Israel and Jeff Israel are filmmakers (and twin brothers) originally from South Carolina. They have completed six short films, including Face Value and The Tourist, both of which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and went on to screen at numerous other festivals, including The Woodstock Film Festival, The Denver International Film Festival, and The Hamptons International Film Festival. The Tourist also screened on and is available on the DVD anthology The Journal of Short Film.

They have also completed several feature length screenplays, including Five Boroughs, which was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab Finalist. They are developing various screenwriting projects, including their feature-length narrative directorial debut and a comedy television pilot.

Jeff is based in Los Angeles and James is based in New York City.

James Israel and Jeff Israel on the set of their short film, Face Value.
DIRECTORS REEL ONLINE - Watch scenes from the Israel Brothers films.

More about James

James has is currently part of the core staff of the longstanding independent film publication indieWIRE , where he has worn numerous hats, from Managing Editor at Sundance (2002-2008), Cannes and Toronto to his current role in Ad Sales and Marketing. He was previously a staff member at the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. He has also acted as a script reader for Global Film Initiative, the IFP Gordon Parks Awards, and has screened films for The Tribeca Film Festival.

More about Jeff

For the past ten years Jeff has worked in post-production on television series, feature film, and documentaries. His credits
include the critically acclaimed television series Friday Night Lights (NBC) and In Treatment (HBO).

Other credits: Reaper (CW), Hope and Faith (ABC), Whoopi (NBC), Knights of Prosperity (ABC), Reading Rainbow (PBS), Little Bill (Nick), and the feature film Loggerheads, which screened in the Dramatic Competition at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Besides editing his own short films, Jeff also was editor on Thirsty, directed by Bo Mehrad.

View Jeff's Reel here.

James Israel and Jeff Israel on the set of their latest short film, Face Value with Script Supervisor Luci Westphal-Solary and Director of Photography Matthew Hale.
(Photos by Kenny Trice.)

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