The Rabbi Report was launched in 2004 and has gone through several incarnations, with phase 3 (4? 5?) kicking off in early December of 2013.
The blog focuses on Film, TV, Politics, Geek Culture, Travel and Food, with a few other things tossed in for good measure.
Mark Rabinowitz is the co-founder of indieWIRE.com and has been active in the film world as producer, journalist, film festival staffer and consultant since 1995. In those roles he has attended over 150 film festivals around the world as a staffer, journalist, filmmaker and jury member, including those in Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and New York.
Mark is currently serving as co-producer on Darren Dean’s adaptation of Will Eisner’s landmark graphic novel A Contract With God. He is also attached as co- producer to the Jon Cryer & Richard Schenkman-penned Cosmodrome.
In 2003 he co-produced the independent feature The Forgotten which, after screening at the European Film Market, opened the Three Rivers Film Festival and won best feature at the 2004 Sedona International Film Festival. This was his second producing effort, the first being 1994’s Delinquent’s Derby, a 35mm short film that he wrote and produced along with director Andy Hudson which featured the screen debut of Jimmy Kimmel.
In 1996, he co-founded indieWIRE, the only daily publication serving the independent film community around the world. During his tenure, he served at varying times as co- editor in chief, news editor and managing editor, as well as being the publication’s lead film festival correspondent and editor. Additionally, he was a founding editor of ifcRant, a bi-monthly independent film magazine published by indieWIRE LLC. A fixture on the festival circuit, he attends 10-12 festivals per year.
As a journalist, he’s written for such publications as CNN.com, Variety, Screen International, Utne Reader, indieWIRE.com, The Independent Film & Video Monthly, Time Out New York, Filmmaker Magazine and others.
From 2003-4 he was the Industry Liaison for the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), where his responsibilities included assisting in the conception and implementation of the festival’s new international initiatives and serving as a key festival ambassador to the global film industry. In 2002 he was the guest programmer for HIFF’s successful Films of Conflict & Resolution section. He returned to HIFF as Industry Liaison in 2010.
Among non-film related efforts, Mark was the Community Editor for the Ford Motor Company’s multiple award-winning site FordBoldMoves.com, produced by JWT, designed to showcase Ford’s attempt at turning the company around while engaging the public in the process in this initial example of Brand Journalism. The campaign won a 2007 Gold Clio in the Content & Contact category and a 2007 Bronze International ANDY Award in the Integrated Media category.
In 1992, Mark staffed Tom Harkin’s presidential campaign in New Hampshire, Maine and Michigan, where his duties included fund raising, event organization and media and union relations. He also staffed the 1988 and 1992 Democratic National Conventions, working with DNC Vice Chair Lynn Cutler (1988) and DNC Secretary Kathy Vick in ’92. His duties included assisting in the conducting of the vice presidential nominating roll call vote (92), VIP liaison (88) and assisting the Louisiana state delegation (92).