Eran Preis

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Eran Preis
Born Eran Preis
(1947-03-24) March 24, 1947 (age 70)
United States
Occupation screenwriter, film director, film producer, playwright
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Andrea Garson Preis

Eran Preis is an Israeli–American director, screenwriter, playwright, and producer. Beyond the Walls, a film he co-wrote in 1984, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He has taught screenwriting and International Cinema for decades.


Born in Afula, Israel, Eran Preis, is a naturalized American citizen. Currently he is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program at Temple University, Dept. of Film and Media Arts. Since 1979 his plays were on the major theaters in the country. In 1983 he wrote the screenplay, Behind Bars (בעברית: מאחורי הסורגים) and a year later the film was nominated for the Oscar Award. He lives and works in Philadelphia. Married to Andrea, they have three sons.

Film Work[edit]

Eran worked for fifteen years as a playwright and screenwriter for the Israeli television, theater and film industries. Beyond the Walls, a film he co/wrote in 1984, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film Category. Five of his plays have been produced professionally, and he has been awarded the prestigious King David Award in Israel, among others. He received the New Filmmaker Award at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival for his documentary, "The Case of Jonathan Pollard."[1]

His documentaries include "Patricia Baltimore"(2007); "Viewfinder" (2004); "Bet Herut-The End of the Beginning"(2003); "The Case of Jonathan Pollard" (2001).

Awards for Creative Accomplishments[edit]


Year Title Role
1979 Sentenced For Life writer
1982 Ot Kain (Stigma) writer
1982 Gabi Ben Yakar writer
1984 Me'Ahorei Hasoragim (Beyond the Walls) writer
1987 Unsettled Land writer
2001 The Case of Jonathan Pollard Director
2003 Bet Herut- The End of the Beginning Director
2004 Viewfinder Director
2007 Patricia Baltimore Director
2012 The Jonathan's Return Director and actor

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