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Rybczynski Zbigniew

Rybczynski Zbigniew

born in 1949

filmmaker, director, videographer, teacher

Zbig Rybczynski (pronounced Rib-CHIN-ski)was born in Poland in 1949. Since graduating from the Lodz Film School in the early 1970s, he has worked as a film director in Europe and the United States. His work has received many prestigious industry awards in the United States, Japan and Europe. The awards include an Academy Award® in 1983 for Tango, an Emmy® for Special Effects in 1990 for The Orchestra, the Prix Italia, the Golden Gate Award in San Francisco and the awards at the Electronic Cinema Festival Tokyo/Montreaux. Among his other numerous awards are three MTV Awards, American Video Awards, Monitor Awards and the Billboard Music Video Awards.

Zbig is a pioneer of the High Definition television technology, and an innovator and experimentator in the technical field. He holds several US patents, most of them for innovative ideas in film and video making, including the "Zbig" software for matting.

Zbig also has a distinguished academic career. He has had teaching assignments as an instructor at the Lodz Film School, Poland (cinematography), at the Columbia University in New York (electronic filmmaking) and as a professor of experimental film at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. At the present time Zbig holds a position of a visiting professor at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo, Japan.

In 2001 Zbig moved back to Los Angeles and until 2006 he worked on the development of image-related technologies for the Los Angeles based companies Ultimatte and iMatte.

Currently Zbig is involved in the development of a new technology for live image compositing and he is pursuing his filmmaking career. Since December 2007, along with the renowned Israeli writer and journalist Eli Barbur, Zbig has been working on a two-hour film The Short History of White People (working title). The film portrays the fate of the Jewish people throughout the history of European civilization.

March 15, 2008 - in Wroclaw, Poland, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski, awarded Zbig with the Medal of The Cultural Merit "Gloria Artis".

June 6, 2008 - Zbig was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Lodz Film School in Poland. The degree is awarded by the University Senate to those with lifetime achievement in the arts, education, or popular and political culture in the fields of film, TV and theater.


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