Managing Director & Consultant
Ever since Shani can remember herself she was passionate about films and theater. Her passion for the art runs in the family since almost each member of her family worked in the past or still works in the entertainment industry.
In 2003 Shani moved to NY in pursue of her higher education. Due to her broad experience in arts management as well as her knowledge of Israeli films and filmmakers, Shani joined the Office of Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in NY in 2006 as the Director of Film and Theatre. She was in charge of promoting Israeli Culture and Arts in the US and Canada, responsible for submitting films to International and Jewish Film Festivals and established working contacts between Israeli distributors and U.S.A. clients. Shani produced and coordinated screening tours, master classes and workshops for Israeli filmmakers across the US and Canada. Screenings events took place in JCC’s, Jewish federations cultural centers , museums, film festivals, universities, high Schools and movie theatres.
Referred to as a “The Face of Israeli Cinema in NY”, Hashaviah is regularly contacted by the American and international independent film industry in regards to consulting and help with their productions. She coordinated “Running-to-Oscar” campaigns and is well known as a lecturer about the development of the Israel cinema from the 1950′s and the contemporary Israeli cinema and productions.
In 2008, along with Kim Fishman she established Fantasia Film Productions LLC to create a wider platform of services needed for independent filmmakers. Shani worked on documentaries and narratives productions such as: “Lessons for the Living”, “Human Error” and “Welcome to Pine Hill”.
At this time she writes her first book and feature length script “Made in NY” and she also a member of The Israeli Union of Performing Artists (IUPA), New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in NY (NATAS) and Emmy® Awards Judge, Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP), Film Independent, International Documentary Association (IDA) Independent Writers Guild Caucus, Woman in Production (WIP), National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Industry member at the Location Managers Guild of America (LMGA) and NY Event Planners. She holds a BA in Media from Hunter College and currently in the midst of her MA in Media Production at The New School
Shani’s work was featured in “Film Festival Today”, “Indiewire”, “Fest21″, “silive”, and “NY Blue Print” to name a few.
A successful producer and founder of Hear No Evil Films, Kim established herself in the film industry as a producer and line producer, working on films and documentaries such as the HBO documentary, “39 Pounds of Love”, the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival feature, “Fat Girls” (Ellen Albertini Dowe), I-Murders (Gabrielle Anwar, William Forsythe) and the critically acclaimed documentary about gay and lesbian bi-national couples, “Through Thick and Thin”. Films with substance and meaning are what draws Kim to a project.
She is a fierce advocate of environmental and human rights issues and film is her medium. Over the past several years Kim has established relationships with film festival directors and film commissions while volunteering her time to support the independent film community. Kim started working in the film business as a producer in 2002 and founded Hear No Evil Films a year later. She was the director of the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of the film networking organization, IndieClub, growing the group from 20 to 750 members in three years, and programmer for the Texas Filmmakers Series. She later became the Los Angeles IndieClub Chapter Director with over 1,500 members.
From 2008 to 2010, she was the Vice President and Marketing Director of Trilogy Capital Partners, an investor relations firm in New York City. She spearheaded the entire video production department, working with high-profile clients listed on various American stock exchanges. During this time, Kim also taught documentary production classes as a guest lecturer at Downtown Community Television (DCTV). Kim holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Her Strong business background enables her to combine business sense and creative talents to ensure a successful motion picture. She is a former board member of Women in Film of Dallas and contributing writer to IndieSlate Magazine.