Magazine article Screen International

Jerusalem: Guy Raz Talks 'We Had A Forest'

Magazine article Screen International

Jerusalem: Guy Raz Talks 'We Had A Forest'

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Cinematographer Guy Raz (Yossi, Big Bad Wolves) is at Jerusalem Film Festival (July 7-17) this week with his debut feature as a director, the family drama We Had A Forest, which plays in the festival's Israeli Feature Film Competition today (July 8) and tomorrow (July 9).

The project had humble origins, with Raz eventually turning to Israeli crowdfunding platform HeadStart - launched in 2012 - to raise production finance after finding himself unable to source funds from elsewhere, and seeing his script turned down by Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival's graduate competition.

"I had approached them [the Israel film funds] but these things can take a very long time," explains Raz, who acted as director, writer, producer, editor and cinematographer on the film. "I couldn't wait because there was only a short window when I could shoot due to my cast and my work as a DoP." The online campaign raised $13,000 (ils50,000) from 146 backers, enough to shoot a 30-minute short, with all of his crew and actors - including Yaron Motola and Liron Weizman, who Raz knew from previous projects - agreeing to work for free. …

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