ABOUT DROR

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Dror Soref is an award-winning filmmaker who began his career directing music videos for "Weird Al" Yankovic, which helped establish the rock parodist as a major star. Following his success in music videos, Soref directed Platinum Blonde, an inspirational short that was nominated for the Gold Hugo Award for Best Short Film at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Platinum Blonde drew the attention of Paramount Studio’s President. Consequently, Soref was retained under contract to develop projects at Paramount Studios for him to write and direct. With the help of the Studio, The Seventh Coin became Soref's debut as a feature film writer/director. The Seventh Coin, starring Peter O'Toole, won two festival awards including Best Picture.

During the early years of Soref’s 25-year relationship with Paramount, Soref founded Orbit Productions, serving as one of its commercial directors. As Orbit’s CEO, Soref ran one of Hollywood’s most successful commercial production companies at the time. Some of Orbit’s clients include such brands as Ford, Coca Cola, Toyota, McDonald’s, and Fujifilm. Soref also dabbled in episodic television, directing a number of episodes of Power Rangers, the hit children TV series.

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Soref later parlayed a successful career in television and commercials into feature films, signing a multiple-picture deal with Mike Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures with one for Soref himself to direct. The first motion picture under this deal was Basic starring John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, released by Columbia Pictures.

In 2009, Soref wrote, directed and produced the critically acclaimed thriller Not Forgotten, starring Simon Baker, Paz Vega and Chloe Moretz. The film was selected for a Special Screening at the Slamdance Film Festival, and was accorded rave reviews by The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. It was nominated for the Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (2010).

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In June 2011, Soref served as one of the Producers of Twist: An American Musical based on the Charles Dickens’ classic. The play was written by William F. Brown (“The Wiz”) and directed by Emmy award winner Debbie Allen. It was staged at The Pasadena Playhouse to rave reviews. In 2012, Soref directed and produced the short film Morning. The film was selected by the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, whose program director proclaimed, “Without a doubt Morning was the most talked-about film of the Festival”.

Festivals and Awards

Morning

  • Special Invitation to participate in the Seattle Erotic Art Festival

Not Forgotten

  • Nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

  • Selected for a Special Screening at the Slamdance Film Festival

The Seventh Coin

  • Best Picture at the Philadelphia International Film Festival

  • Silver Award for Best Dramatic Film at the Houston International Film Festival

PLATINUM BLONDE

  • This inspirational short directed by Soref was nominated for the Gold Hugo Award for Best Short Film at the Chicago International Film Festival


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