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Jerome Henry Rudes serves as head of the American subsidiary of LVT Laser Subtitling of France, where he supervises the French, German and Italian subtitling of many U.S. films selected for the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals. He also coordinates the English subtitling for many foreign films released theatrically in the United States.
Jerome Henry Rudes was born in San Antonio, Texas, and completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, then a M.A. in film at
He began his career as a freelance journalist (TheTexas Observer), then traveled to Europe in the 70s where he worked as a teacher in international schools (Spain, Denmark, Italy). He became a translator in Spain, where he wrote his first novel, Life Script (unpublished). To support his writing, Mr. Rudes also worked as a stone mason and professional diver. Mr. Rudes’ short sojourn in Los Angeles at the beginning of the 80s was supported by writing film reviews for AvantGarde Magazine in London.
In 1982, Mr. Rudes settled in the south of France, and was appointed director of a study-abroad program at The Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France. In 1983, he founded the French-American Film Workshop with help from France’s Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, and conducted the first “Rencontres d’Avignon” in 1984, hosting filmmakers from the U.S. (among them John Sayles) and from France (among them, Agnès Varda) for a lively exchange about independent movies. He also founded the non-profit American cultural and study organization called French-American Center of Provence, with branches across the south of France (Aix-en- Provence, Lyon, Montpellier, Avignon, Marseille and Arles) which organized English language course and cultural exchange programs.
As the “Rencontres d’Avignon” grew into the Avignon Film Festival, Mr. Rudes devoted more of his time to the Festival and gradually closed all the branches of the French-American Center except for the one in Montpellier, which still flourish-
es today (www.frenchamericancenter.com). He remains President of the French-American Center of Montpellier.
In 1993 and 1994, the Harvard Film Archive invited Mr. Rudes to curate an American version of the Avignon Film Festival in Boston. The success of that venture lead to the launching in 1995 of the annual Avignon/New York Film Festival in Manhattan, which he ran for 12 years. Over the last 24 years (and 35 festivals, 23 in Avignon + 12 in New York), Mr. Rudes has hosted many estab-
lished filmmakers, including Louis Malle, Jerry Schatzberg, Roger Corman, David Brown, Curtis Hanson, Mika Kaurismaki, Claude Miller, and Paul Mazursky, as well as scores of emerging filmmakers, including Quentin Tarantino. In 2009, Mr. Rudes launched a new cinematic event, “Cinemonde.”
In 2004, AThird Face, My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking, written by Samuel Fuller and co-authored by Mr. Rudes and Christa Lang Fuller, was published by Knopf. Janet Maslin wrote in her review in The New York Times, “Fuller’s hot-blooded, incident-packed autobiography is a grand, lively rambunctious memoir.”
In 2005, Mr. Rudes was cast as the third lead in a Luc Besson-produced com-
edy, Au Suivant! (aka Next!), playing an American director in Paris.
Besides animating audiences with his passion for cinema, Mr. Rudes represents a number of authors, playwrights and screenwriters in America and France, through his agency, Mistral Artist Management.
Mr. Rudes lives in New York City and Avignon, France.
Jerome Henry Rudes