Roy Gokay Wol

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Roy Gokay Wol
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On the set of Art Machine
New York, October 2010
Roi Itzik Yohay

(1984-02-13) February 13, 1984 (age 35)
ResidenceNew York City
NationalityTurkish, Israeli
OccupationFilm Producer, Director
Years active2006-present
Notable work
Tom in America

Roy Gokay Wol (born February 13, 1984) is a Turkish-Israeli award winning film producer and director living in the United States.[1][2] He is known for his work as producer of Tom in America, starring Burt Young and Sally Kirkland; and directing the music video Try A Little Tenderness, starring Alice Tan Ridley.[3][4]

Life and career[edit]

Roy Wol was born in Israel. Raised in Turkey and Canada, Wol is the son of an Argentine mother and a Turkish father.[5][6]He moved to the US in 2009 and has been working on film since then. Roy is the founder of Autonomous Pictures, and has produced several films including Art Machine, Tom in America and, most recently, Bikini Moon directed by Academy Award nominee Milcho Manchevski.[7][8]

Wol is currently producing a new film, The Garden Left Behind, which is scheduled to be released in spring 2019.[9] The Garden Left Behind was selected to the 2017 IFP Lab, and stars Ed Asner and Michael Madsen. [10][11] Roy has frequently collaborated with fellow producer and director Flavio Alves.[12][13] In 2016 Wol and Alves pioneered the use of eBay as a crowdfunding platform. Their campaign raised over $100,000 through their website eBayMyFilm, and The Garden Left Behind became the first independent film to be funded substantially through donations and sales via eBay.[14][15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Roy Wol lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is currently writing a book about independent film producing.[17]




  1. ^ "Best Music Video Award". The World's Independent Film Festival. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  2. ^ "2017 Festival Winners". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Roy Wol - Producer". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Project of the Day: 'Tom in America' Tells the Secrets Behind a 50-Year Marriage". 16 October 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  5. ^ Aridağ, Cem (7 February 2012). "Roy Gökay Wol - An independent life in New York". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. ^ Holt, Stephen (August 2014). "Producer Roy Wol at the Montreal World Film Festival 2014". Stephen Holt Show. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Roy Wol - Writer, Director, Producer". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Roy Wol IMDB page". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  9. ^ "IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs 2017". 11 May 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  10. ^ Luers, Erik (9 May 2017). "IFP Announces Ten Debut Feature Films Selected for 2017 Narrative Labs". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  11. ^ Wyche, Elbert (9 May 2017). "IFP unveils 2017 Narrative Labs selections". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  12. ^ Aridağ, Cem (7 February 2012). "Roy Gökay Wol - An independent life in New York". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  13. ^ "CIFF39 Meet the Filmmakers :: Director Flavio Alves and Producer Roy Wol from TOM IN AMERICA". Cleveland International Film Festival. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  14. ^ Hurst, Samantha (5 August 2016). "Brief: Independent Feature Film "The Garden Left Behind" Uses ebay to Crowdfund Production". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  15. ^ "eBay My Film Team". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  16. ^ O'Falt, Chris (14 August 2018). "Solange Saves the Day: Indie Filmmakers Break Down Their Approaches to Engaging Audiences in Unexpected Places". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Roy Wol - Writer, Director, Producer". Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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