Los Angeles | Moscow | Beijing | Vilnius

Education

  • California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Los Angeles, USA. MFA, Experimental Animation 2010 - 2012 
  • California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Los Angeles, USA. BFA, Character Animation 2007 - 2010 
  • Adomo Brako School of Fine Arts, Klaipeda, Lithuania 1990 - 1995 
  • ENSAD, l'École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France Fall 2009 
  • FAMU, Film and TV School Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czech Republic Summer 2008 
  • Santa Barbara City College, (Music/Sound for Film) Santa Barbara, USA. 2006 - 2007 
  • National FIlm School of Ireland, (Film/Animation) Dublin, Ireland. 2004 - 2005 
  • Colaiste Ide, Film School, Dublin, Ireland 2003 - 2004 
  • Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, Ireland 2003 
  • Covenant Players Theater School, Stuttgard, Germany 1998 - 2001

Professional Summary

2012-present     Founder & Creative Director of Lumen Animae an Amity of Creative Partnerships. Los Angeles. USA

2012-present     Faculty at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Character Animation Department, Los Angeles, USA 

2012-present     GATE Consultancy for Film, Animation, Graphic Design, Portfolio. Internationally

2013-present     Filmmaker with The Righteous Conversations Project. Holocaust remembrance in contemporary setting.  Los Angeles, USA 

2005-present     Freelance Painter. Fusion of classical approach with contemporary psychology

2013-15               Storyboard artist, Animator, and Visual Development artist at Warrior Films Studios, USA

2014                     Storyboard artist, Animator, and Visual Development artist at Dynamic Communications, Taiwan

2014                     Program Director, Animation CAPSA Ramon Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles, USA

2013                     Jan Faculty at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Experimental Animation practicum

2012                     Graphic Designer, Harvard University research publication. Dr.E.Shakhnovich, Department of Chemical Biology. Boston, USA

2010-11               Lead Animation artist / Storyboard Artist at Out of Joint Productions, Los Angeles, USA

2004                     Visual Development Artist at Barley Animation Studio. Dublin, Ireland

1998-2001          Actor/Director at Covenant Players Theater. Theater stage producitions. England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy. Denmark 

Curator

2018     The Promise, exhibition at College of the Canyons Library, Los Angeles (December 2017 - August 2018)

2018     Windows, installation at Sinai Synagogue, Los Angeles (May - July 2018)

2016     When Man to Man is a Wolf, exhibition at Visual & Performing Arts at College of the Canyons (September - December 2018)

2016     When Man to Man is a Wolf, exhibition at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (January - March 2016)

2015     The Art of David Labkovsky, exhibition at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (April - June 2015)

2015     CalArts program at ANIMATOR - International Animated Film Festival, Poznan, Poland. (July 2015)

Theater Productions

2014     I SEE YOU II, feature length show (Co-Director, Producer) fussion of Theater, Dance, Music, Film, and Animation, Community Arts Partnership                 program at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles

2013     I SEE YOU, feature length show (Co-Director, Producer) fussion of Shadow Theater, Dance, Music, Film, Animation, with audience                                         participation. California Institute of the Arts

2012     REDCAT, Disney Theater, Los Angeles. dARK Matter Obfuscation (Animation artist), Jazz Ballet (World Premier) 20 min loop animation,                           replica of a Solar System’s stars mapped and shot with a slow exposure shutter reliese using light animation

Graphic Designer

2018     Harold Grinspoon Foundation, public poster series

2014     Harold Grinspoon Foundation, public poster series

2015     Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Art of David Labkovsky book

2012     Harvard University research publication. Dr. E. Shakhnovich, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Animation Projection Mapping

2012     Cityscape. Project Director | Animation Artist. 5 min loop. Hosted by the city of Karlskrona, Sweden

2012     Tomorrow. Project Director | Animation Artist. 2,5 min loop. With support from Karlskrona Municipality cultural Department. Sweden

2013     Re: Love. Project Co-Director/Animator. The Quest Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Work in Progress

  • A Story of David Lenga, 180 pages Graphic Novel. Production in collaboration with COC, RC. Publication pending in 2019 
  • Saugus Cafe. Producer, Co-Director, Animation artist. A film by a master of animation, world renowned artist and filmmaker Cornelius Cole III, a recepient of the Annie Award for Lifetime Achievement, whose priceless artistic heritage is of the highest order national treasure. Before his death in 2011, Cole and his wife, Linda Zuchenga, entrusted a vast collection of Cole’s unfinished animation to Lumen Animae. Pending in 2019
  • Oah & Harlam Episodes. Publication pending in 2019 

Articles | Interviews

  • 'KURTUPOLIS.LT ' magazine, interview by Sondra Simanaitiene, (in Lithuanian) August 2012 
  • 'VJOREMAA' newspaper, article by Riina Magi, (in Estonian) August 2012 
  • 'ZEMAITIJOS PAVELDAS’ magazine, article by Angele Digaityte, (in Lithuanian) August 2012 
  • 'MOVING POEMS’, The Best Poetry Videos on the Web. January 2013 
  • 'MARCO POLO' an online portal, January 2013 
  • 'DIRECTORS NOTES, The What, How & Why of Independent Filmmaking' article in the online podcast, 2011 
  • 'FRIDAY VIDEOPOEM' article by Brenda Clews. December 2011

Selected Public Screenings | Shows

2020     Retrospective, Bijou Theater, CalArts, Los Angeles, USA

2019     Tribeca Film Festival, New York, USA

2019     Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, USA

2018     US Open Tennis Championships, Ashe ’68 VR Experience, New York, USA

2017     Mysterium Georgicus, multi stage multimedia installation, Center for Georgical Jubilism, Virginia, USA

2017     IndieWise Convention, AMC Theaters, Miami, Florida, USA

2017     Center of Georgical Jubilism, Farfields, Virginia, USA

2017     California State Legislature, Sacramento, California, USA

2017     ANDLAB Gallery, ongoing show, Los Angeles, USA

2016     Global Short Film Awards, Cannes, France

2016     Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, USA

2016     Portsmouth International Film Festival, Eastleigh, UK

2016     Lisbon International Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

2016     Animfest Film Festival, Athens, Greece

2016     International Film Festival, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2016     European Film Festival, Ningbo, China

2016     Mini Kino Film Week, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

2016     TMC London Film Festival, London, England

2016     Global Short Film Awards, New York, USA

2016     SEE Film Festival, Paris, France

2016     South-East European Film Festival, Berlin, Germany

2015     China Central Television, CCTV-9 Documentary channel

2015     Hero International Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA

2015     Festival de Films Documentaires, Paris, France

2015     Documentary Action Train, 17 venues in Taipei, Taiwan

2015     St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, USA

2014     ArcLight Cinema, Hollywood, USA

2013     Timeline Poetic Cinema Festival, Manchester, England

2013     Filmpoem Festival. Dunbar, Scotland

2013     Walt Disney Modular Theater, CalArts, Los Angeles, USA

2013     East China University, Shanghai, China

2013     Art Share LA, Los Angeles, USA

2013     BIL Conference, Long Beach, USA

2013     Karlskrona City Municipal Center, Karlskrona, Sweden

2013     Harvard Westlake School, Studio City, Los Angeles, USA

2013     The Quest Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2012     Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, USA

2012     Le Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal, Canada

2012     National M. K. Čiurlionis Museum of Fine Art, Kaunas, Lithuania

2012     History Museum, (ongoing exhibition), Klaipeda, Lithuania

2012     Klaipeda Municipal Music Library, Klaipeda, Lithuania

2012     Galiana Center, New York, USA

2012     Wild Beast Theater, CalArts, Los Angeles, USA

2011     &NOW Conference for Authors of Innovative Literature, San Diego, USA

2011     EuroShorts Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland

2011     Animaex Awards Film Festival, England

2010     No-Festival of Video Art & Animation, Cheliabinsk, Russia

2010     Wild Beast Theater, CalArts, Los Angeles, USA

2008     Film & TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic

2004     Kennedy’s Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

1997     Gedminu Gallery, Klaipeda, Lithuania

1995     Adomo Brako School of Fine Arts, Klaipeda, Lithuania

Film Director | Animation Artist | Fine Artist

Ruah Edelstein

Filmography

2020     (in production) “Coming of Age” the Holocaust survivor story of David Weiner, animation documentary. Director
2020     AlinaK music video "Revelations" AT remix. Director / Producer / Cinematographer 
2020     AlinaK music video "Revelations" Gux remix. Director / Producer / Cinematographer 
2020     “Summary” Director / Producer / Cinematographer 
2019     (in production) Chain of Rocks, feature animation, Mooshido Productions & Lumen Animae Studios, Animation Director
2019     “Sulam Yaakov” (Jacob's Ladder). Director / Animation Artist
2019     “My Angel of God” The Holocaust survivor story of Av Perlmutter, animation documentary. Director
2018     “Ashe ‘68” VR Experience, virtual reality film, animation artist, storyboard artist
2018     “Peter Daniels” the Holocaust survivor story, animation documentary. Director
2018     “The Allegory of Two Caves” animation PSA. Director
2017     “The Promise” the Holocaust survivor story of Leon Malmed, animation documentary. Director
2017     “Dieu Merci” the Holocaust survivor story of Michele Rodri, animation documentary. Director
2017     “Seder Plate” animated short. Producer / Director
2017     “Xenophobia” PSA. Producer / Director
2017     “C’est Normal” the Holocaust survivor story of Marie Kaufman, animation documentary. Producer / Director
2016     “Yasha” experimental short, Director / Animation Artist
2016     “Angeles CT” experimental short. Director / Cinematographer
2016     “Peace by Piece” the Holocaust survivor story of Harry Davids, animation documentary. Producer / Director
2016     “Chayaleh” the Holocaust survivor story of Helen Freeman, animation documentary. Producer / Director
2016     “Letter to the Future” PSA. Producer / Director
2016     “My Genesis” animated short, AMAZE SexEd series, Co-Director / Animation Artist
2016     “Key to Mystery” animated short, AMAZE SexEd series, Co-Director / Animation Artist
2016     “The Departure” animation for live-action film by Noka Films New York. Art Director / Animation Artist
2015     “When Man to Man is a Wolf” the Holocaust survivor story of Lidia Budgor. Producer / Director
2015     “The Story of Three Rings” the Holocaust survivor story of Dana Schwartz. Producer / Director
2015     “Tipping Scales” the Holocaust survivor story of Lisa Jura, animation documentary. Producer / Director
2015     “Bench for All” PSA. Producer / Director
2015     “Freedom of Speech” PSA. Producer / Director
2015     “Rites of Passage” feature documentary. Art Director / Animation artist / Storyboard artist.
2014     “River of Art” feature documentary, Dynamic Communication Studios in Taiwan. Art Director / Animation Artist
2014     “My Vision” PSA. Producer / Director
2014     “Better Place” PSA. Producer / Director
2014     “Light” PSA. Producer / Director
2014     “The Golden Horse” opening sequence for feature animation. Animation Artist / Art Director
2014     “Conflict Minerals” PSA. Producer / Director
2014     “Walk to End Genocide” PSA. Producer / Director
2014     “Education for a Sustainable Future” PSA. Producer / Director
2013     “Camp Na’aleh” short documentary. Producer / Director
2013     “Light in Darkness” PSA. Producer / Director
2013     “Religious Tolerance” PSA. Producer / Director
2013     “Power of Apathy” PSA. Producer / Director
2013     “I See You” Cinematographer / Producer / Director
2013     “Sharing the Planet” Director / Producer /Storyboard Artist
2013     “Couperin visiting the Balkans” Animation Artist / Producer / Director
2012     “Died 100 Times” Director / Producer / Animation Artist
2012     “Forma et Situs Argi” Director / Producer / Cinematographer
2012     “Lombri - Sillas” Director / Producer / Cinematographer
2011     “Of Stars & People” Oah & Harlam Episodes. Director / Producer / Animation Artist
2011     “Of Care” Oah & Harlam Episodes. Director / Producer / Animation Artist
2010     “Of Shepherds” Oah & Harlam Episodes. Director / Producer / Animation Artist
2010     “ForGiveness” Oah & Harlam Episodes. Director / Producer / Animation Artist
2010     “Of Giants” Oah & Harlam Episodes. Director / Producer / Animation Artist
2010     “Secretos Conocidos” Feature. Storyboard Artist / Animation Artist 
2009     “Tomorrow” Director / Producer / Animation Artist
2008     “The Bond’ Director / Producer / Animation Artist

Professional Summary 

2012-present     Co-Founder & Creative Director of LUMEN ANIMAE Animation Studio, Los Angeles.

2012-present     Faculty at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Character Animation Department at School of Film&Video, Los Angeles.

2012-present     Consultancy for Film, Animation, Graphic Design, Portfolio. Internationally.

2017-present     Film Director in Residence, L’Tamid Genocide Remembrance Animated Documentary Program, Media Entertainment Arts at COC.

2005-present     Contemporary artist. Post-disciplinary

2013-2019          Film Director, The Righteous Conversations Project dedicated to Holocaust remembrance.

2013-15               Art Direction, Animation, Storyboard artist, Warrior Films Studios, Oakland, California

2014                     Art Direction, Animation, Storyboard artist, Dynamic Communication Studios, Taiwan

2014                     Program Director, Animation CAPSA Ramon C. School of Visual & Performing Arts, Los Angeles

2013                     Faculty at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Experimental Animation Winter Session

2012                     Graphic Designer, Harvard University publication. Dr. E. Shakhnovich,  Chemical Biology Dept.

2010-11               Lead Animator, Art Director, Storyboard artist, Out of Joint Productions, Los Angeles

2004                     Visual Development Artist, Barley Animation Studio, Dublin, Ireland

1998-2001         Theater Director, Actor, Covenant Players Theater, European headquarters Stuttgart, Germany

Selected Awards

2020     SIMA Award, film: ASHE ‘68

2019     Sports Emmy Award Nominee, film: ASHE ‘68

2016     Best Animated Short Film Lisbon International Film Festival, Portugal,  film: Died 100 Times

2016     1st Prize Experimental Animated Film Athens Animfest, Greece, film: Died 100 Times

2016     Best Animation Award, Golden Reel International Film Festival, film: Died 100 Times

2016     Finalist, Mini Kino Film Week, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, film: Died 100 Times

Graphic Designer 

2017-20     "Seven Circles" Graphic Novel, the Holocaust survivor story of David Lenga, 210 pages (in production)

2019           Harold Grinspoon Foundation, public poster series

2014-16     Harold Grinspoon Foundation, public poster series

2015           Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Art of David Labkovsky book

2012           Harvard University research publication. Dr. E. Shakhnovich, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Guest Artist | Filmmaker Lectures

2020     Film University of Babelsberg, Berlin, GERMANY

2020     Educational and Consult Co.Ltd., SIA, Beijing, CHINA

2020     Cinematic Voices, Bijou Theater CalArts, Valencia, USA

2019     School of Visual and Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA, USA 

2019     Educational and Consult Co.Ltd., SIA, Guangzhou, CHINA

2019     Educational and Consult Co.Ltd., SIA, Beijing, CHINA

2018     Educational and Consult Co.Ltd., SIA, Shenzhen, CHINA

2018     Educational and Consult Co.Ltd., SIA, Beijing, CHINA

2017     Seoul Institute of the Arts, TV bridge from REEF Los Angeles, USA / South Korea

2017     Harvard Westlake School, Studio City, Los Angeles, USA

2017     School of Visual and Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA, USA

2017     Shalhevet Modern Orthodox Jewish High School, Los Angeles, USA

2016     School of Visual and Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA, USA

2016     Harvard Westlake School, Studio City, Los Angeles, USA

2016     Shalhevet Modern Orthodox Jewish High School, Los Angeles, USA

2015     Animation Master Class, Sokolniki Park venue, Moscow, RUSSIA

2015     School of Visual and Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA, USA

2014     UCLA, School of Theater, Film & Television. Digital Production masterclass, Los Angeles, USA

2013     UCLA, School of Theater, Film & Television. 3D Animation masterclass, Los Angeles, USA

2013     Milken High Private Jewish School, Los Angeles, USA

2013     Harvard Westlake School, Studio City, Los Angeles, USA

2013     BIL Conference, Long Beach, USA

2012     School of Visual and Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA, USA

2012     Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, USA

2012     California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, USA

2011     &NOW Conference for Authors of Innovative Literature. San Diego, USA

Site-Specific Installations 

2017     "Mysterium Georgicus" Total Installation: animation projection on sculpture, paint-on-glass animation center piece, oil paintings,

               stained glass windows, Drawings, Surround sound. At The Center of Georgical Jubilism, Farfields, Virginia, USA

2013     "Re: Love" Project Director, Animation Artist. The Quest Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2012     "Cityscape" Project Director, Animation Artist. Supported by Karlskrona Municipality cultural Department. Karlskrona, Sweden

2012     "Visitations" Site-specific frescos, room dimensions 10' x 6', 3m x 2m, Tallinn, Estonia 

2012     "Tomorrow" Project Director, Animation Artist. Supported by Karlskrona Municipality cultural Department. Karlskrona, Sweden

Artist Residency

  • Filmmaker in residence, Media and Entertainment Arts at College of the Canyons, Valencia, California, USA.  2017-present
  • Center for Georgical Jubilism, Virginia, USA. 2017
  • Yellow Barn an International Center for Chamber Music, Vermont, USA.  2013
  • ENSAD, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France. 2010
  • Film & TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. 2008 

Education 

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Los Angeles, USA. MFA, Experimental Animation, 2010 - 2012

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Los Angeles, USA. BFA, Character Animation, 2007 - 2010

Adomo Brako School of Fine Arts, Klaipeda, Lithuania, 1990 - 1995

ENSAD, l'École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France, Fall 2009

FAMU, Film and TV School Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, Summer 2008

Santa Barbara City College, Sound Engineering for Film, Santa Barbara, USA, 2006 - 2007

National FIlm School of Ireland, Cinematography, Animation, Dublin, Ireland, 2004 - 2005

Colaiste Ide, Film School, Dublin, Ireland, 2003 - 2004

Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, Ireland, 2002 - 2003

Covenant Players School of Theater, Stuttgart, Germany, 1998 - 2001

Series of Still Work 

2019                Carte Blanche. Black card, Carbon paper, Cutout, Gel, Scotch tape, 11''x14'', 28x36 cm

2019                SALT. Graphite on paper, india ink, filter film, transfer lettering, 8½ x 11'', 20 x 30 cm, № 1-6

2008-2019     Five Cups. #840 Kraft Paper, Oil Pastels, 9''x12'', 23x30.5 cm, № 1 - 5

2019                It’s Good I Am Here. Cotton Paper, Tempera, India Ink, White Gel, Graphite, 9x12'', № 1 - 6

2000-2018     ZIP A. Ink on paper, 8’’ x 11'', 20 x 30 cm, № 1 - 7

2018                Memory Algorithms. Paper Mache, Gouache, India Ink, R 2'', R 5 cm, Hight 1cm, № 1 - 7

2018                Rhymes.

                          Part 1. Rhymes: Pigment, India Ink, Transfer lettering, on paper, 4 x 4'', 10 x 10 cm, № 1 - 3

                          Part 2. Shapes: India Ink on paper, 12 x 5'', 30 x 12 cm  and 6 x 8'', 15 x 20 cm, № 1-2  

                          Part 3. Poem: India Ink, pigment, transfer lettering, on paper, 9 x 12'', 23 x 30 cm, № 1 

2018                17 Methods. Manuscript, 36 pages book, white gel on black card, 3 ½ x 5 ½'',  9 x 14 cm

2018                Chronoportation Mockup. Manuscript, 56 pages book, paint, ink, gel, 3 ½ x 5 ½'', 9 x 14 cm  

2016-2017     Space of Options. Graphite, charcoal, white pencil, on paper, 8½ x 11'', 20 x 30 cm, № 1 - 9

2016                Avelido Variations.

                          Part 1. Variations: pigment on wood cubes, 4 x 4'' plate, 10 x 10 cm, № 1 - 4

                          Part 2. Primer: Ink on paper, 8 x 10'', 20 x 25 cm, № 1

2015                Hero of Our Time. Ink on paper, transfer lettering, 8½ x 11, 20x30cm, № 1 - 7

2012                Maman et la P. Tempera on card, mixed media, software, № 1 - 16

Curatorial 

2021     Jury at Los Angeles Greek Film Festival

2020     "She Was Funny" VR exhibition space, Film University of Babelsberg, Berlin, Germany

2017-2020    “Seven Circles” Graphic Novel, the Holocaust survivor story of David Lenga, 210 pages (in production)

2018     “Faces” book publication by Heru Zhao and Serafina Orlovas, New York   
2018     “The Promise” exhibition at College of the Canyons Library, Los Angeles (Dec2017-Aug2018)
2018     “Windows” installation at Sinai Synagogue, Los Angeles (May-July)
2016     “When Man to Man is a Wolf” exhibition at Visual & Performing Arts at College of the Canyons (Sept-Dec)
2016     “When Man to Man is a Wolf” exhibition at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (Jan - March)
2015     “The Art of David Labkovsky” exhibition at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (Apr12 - Jun14, 2015)
2015     CalArts program at International Animated Film Festival, Poznan, Poland. (July 2015)

Theater Productions 

2014     "I See You Too" feature length show, Director, Producer. Fusion of theater, dance, music, film, and animation. Community Arts Partnership                       program at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles

2013     "I See You" feature length show, Director, Producer. Fusion of shadow theater, dance, music, film, animation, with audience participation.

               Black & White Studio, CalArts, Los Angeles

2012     Jazz Ballet "Dark Matter Obfuscation" Animation artist. 20 min loop animation replica of a Solar System’s stars mapped and shot with a slow                  exposure shutter release using light animation. REDCAT Disney Theater, Los Angeles.