A Peabody Award Winner Israeli Producer and Director.
The founder and owner of kNow Productions, a production company focusing on "projects and films that matter."
After joining the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) she began her academic career in
he United States where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree
from Southern Illinois University (2001 and 2004). She then worked in various
positions including senior producer of the award-winning documentary 39
Pounds Of Love. The film won the 2005 Ofir Award (“Israeli Oscar”) and was
released in U.S. (Landmark) theatres in late 2005 and made it onto the Academy
Award short list for best documentary film.
Medalia received a 2005 Regional Emmy Award for her student documentary project Condition: John Foppe (program feature - public affairs category) and the 2004 Angelus Award for directing the student film, Daughters of Abraham.
Her first feature documentary To Die In Jerusalem screened worldwide and has garnered various prestigious awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award and three Emmy Award nominations. The film screened in multiple festivals around the world including the Jerusalem Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Fipa Biarritz, where it won a Jury Award. The film was broadcast in the United States as an HBO feature and has aired on television globally including YES in Israel, RAI is Italy, M6 in France, NHK in Japan, and numerous others.
Medalia’s second film, After The Storm opened in June 2009 at the prestigious Los Angeles Film Festival and screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, Outfest Festival, Woodstock Film Festival where the film won the Audience Award, Hawaii Int'l Film Festival, Green Film Festival, and Heartland Film Festival where the film was awarded both the Crystal Heart Award and the Audience Award. The film is expected to air on MTV/Logo in fall of 2010.
Medalia is currently working on several new projects including Happy You’re Alive, which is in postproduction.
JOHN AND ED PRIDDY
Priddy Brothers – John and Ed Priddy, co-founders of Priddy Brothers develop
, produce and distribute independent films that explore with respect,
grace and artistry the depth and breadth of the human experience.
The company champions high-quality film projects created by self-energized, entrepreneurial filmmakers passionate about their art and its message.
Staunch supporters of young filmmakers, the Priddys were instrumental in launching the Windrider Forum,
which takes place each year during the Sundance Film Festival.
The Forum includes lively, creative workshops and discussions,
which allow both cutting-edge graduate and undergraduate film students to interact with the year's top film projects.
John and Ed are long-time sponsors of the Angelus Student Film Awards and creators of the Triumph Award.
The Priddys are executive producers of award-winning documentaries: 39 Pounds of Love,
Doug Block’s thought provoking film 51 Birch Street and Hilla Medalia’s soon to be completed To Die in Jerusalem.
Upcoming projects include Craig Detweiler and John Marks new film Purple State of Mind and Michael Hoffman’s Out of the Blue.
James created the critically acclaimed solo performance Word of Mouth directed by Eve Ensler and produced by Mike Nichols. His live action short film, Trevor, won an Academy Award in 1994, and inspired The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that operates the only 24-hour suicide prevention helpline for GLBT teens. Working with young people in Cambodia, Tibet and Bosnia, Mr. Lecesne created The Road Home: Stories of Children of War, which premiered at The Asia Society in NYC and was presented at The International Peace Initiative at the Hague. Absolute Brightness, will be published by Harper Collins in Fall 2007.