ON THE MOVE
Original Title: HAYAV LAZUZ
75 Minutes, Documentary
Director: Avida Livny
Producers: Yael Biron, Gidi Avivi, Dror Nahum
Script: Gidi Avivi, Dror Nahum, Avida Livny
Cinematographer: Itzik Portal
Editor: Oron Adar
Sound Designer: Aviv Aldema
Music: Ehud Banai and The Refugees, Yossi Elephant
For ten years, Ehud Banai went around with a recording sample that nobody wanted to hear. In 1985, aged 32, Banai worked as a gardener and was still seeking a gateway into the Israeli music industry. Yossi Elephant was a great guitarist who dreamt of being an international rock legend, but hadn’t managed to penetrate the Tel Aviv club scene. He had a heart defect and felt that he was going to die young.
Outsiders Banai and Elephant formed a rock group whose other members (Jean-Jacques Goldberg, Gil Smetana, and Noam Zide Halevy) had not found their niche in Israeli culture or society either. Banai decided to call the band The Refugees.
Ehud Banai and "The Refugees" produced one album that didn’t sell well at the time, and held performances for small audiences. However, they were also a group that offered boundless musical passion and professionalism, friendship and rivalry. They played authentic, innovative Israeli rock that garnered enthusiastic fans and laid the foundations for one of the greatest careers in of in Israeli musician.
The story of "On the Move" travels trough countries and continents from provincial Ramat Gan of the 1960s, via Amsterdam and London. A unique friendship was formed in rundown houses in rural Israel, from depression in New York and delirious concerts played to tiny audiences in Eilat. It was a friendship that only death could separate.
Ehud Banai, Yuval Banai, Mani Bejarano, Shlomi Bracha, Oved Efrat, Rami Fortis, Yaacov Gilad, Edna De Beer Gruvman, Ofer Harari, Yoav Kutner, Hillel Mitelpunkt, Berry Sakharof, Gil Smetana, Shuki Weiss, Nitzan Zeira
Avida Livny is a graduate of the Film and Television Department at Tel Aviv University. He has directed three 50-minute segments in the documentary series "The History of Israeli Humor", wrote the script for the drama "Ima Vav" with Shachar Rozen, wrote the script and directed the drama "Max Baer's Last Right Hook", the short film "Moishe Adolf" and the documentary series "Traffickers". Additionally, he has been editing in the last ten years various programs on the Sports Channel.
Gidi Avivi is an independent film and television producer ("The Kahana Sisters", dir. Gilad Melzer, "Bekummernis", dir.Ido Sela). His work as a screenwriter includes the documentary series, "The Oranges Season is Over" concerning the story of Israeli rock music. A graduate of the Film and Television Department at Tel Aviv University, he holds a Masters degree from the Department of Cinema Studies at NYU.
Yael Biron is a B.A graduate of the Cinema and TV program at Tel-Aviv University. Currently graduating her Masters in Fine Arts. Among the documentary projects she produced as line-producer are: "The Ben Gurion Affair" series (4 episodes) Dir: Asaf Harel; "Short" Dir: Edan Alterman; "Waiting for Godik" Dir. Ari Davidovich; "Killers" series (3 episodes) Dir. Amaliya Margolin and "Kahana Sisters" Dir: Gilad Melzer. Also worked on feature films such as "James' Journey to Jerusalem", "Walk on Water", and "Yossi and Jagger".
Dror Nahum is acontent and music editor, a graduate of The Israeli Army Radio station. He was in the founding team of Israel's television music channel, Music24, and of the music site, Mooma, Additionally, he was the artistic manager of albums and shows of leading Israeli popular rock artists, including Aviv Geffen, Berry Sakharof, Arkadi Duchin, Meir Banai, and Eran Zur.
The movie was produced with the support of Channel 8 – Noga Communications
On the Move Production c/o Gidi Avivi
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