Aviv Rubinstien

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Aviv Rubinstien is a screenwriter, director, and teacher living in LA. He is writing this bio himself, in the third person, and feels very awkward about it.

In 2009, while earning a screenwriting MFA from Boston University, Aviv founded the music website Sleepover Shows with two friends-- giving touring bands a free place to sleep in exchange for an unplugged performance. The site quickly gained national recognition and, Aviv produced, directed, and edited over 300 live music videos from acts such as Lady Lamb, Group Love, OK Go, and Saintseneca, often breaking them onto the national stage.

In 2012, Aviv bought a van and moved from Boston to Los Angeles, directing his first feature in the process: a narrative-docu hybrid, The Anchorite. The film follows three musicians at different parts of the careers, as they tour the country and become a family. The Anchorite was on shot a real music tour: 33 states over 35 days. It features musical performances from a over dozen up-and-coming artists, and many Sleepover Shows alums.

Since then, Aviv has directed three additional feature films and a dozen shorts, as well as written scripts for fun and profit across all genres. His original screenplays have placed high in screenwriting contests such asAustin Film FestivalBlueCat, Screencraft and Emerging Screenwriters. He has worked with several indie producers, writing, rewriting and adapting scripts for production.

Aviv has been teaching screenwriting and filmmaking since 2007, and many of his students have gone on to great success in the film industry. Something he is not jealous of… at all… seriously guys…

If he ever gets any free time again, Aviv plans on compiling a book of short stories chronicling musical adventures across the country.