When Adam Rosner graduated in 2007 with a Slavic language concentration, he headed off to Jerusalem on a research fellowship to study Russian-émigré culture at the Shalem Center, a research and education institute for Jewish/Israeli studies. That move put him unexpectedly in contact with people prominent in Israeli entertainment circles, and since then he’s been working on projects in the country’s budding movie industry.
His first job was a summer internship with a young director-producer, Yariv Mozer, who had him overhaul his company’s foreign communications and distribution network. That position led him to Marek Rozenbaum, a veteran filmmaker who has more than 25 films to his credit and is chair of the Israeli Film Academy.
“Mr. Rozenbaum hired me as a full-time producer’s assistant and sales agent,” Rosner says. “When not working on projects in production, I helped develop Israeli-European co-productions, distribute projects already completed and, in the process, meet with actors, writers, directors and producers.”
A year later, Rosner struck out on his own. He co-wrote his own feature-length script, edited and translated dozens of Israeli screenplays for filmmakers and others, and made connections with producers across Israel, Europe and Canada.
“The majority of my time has been spent on a documentary about gay Palestinians hiding in Tel Aviv,” he says. Rosner discovered and developed the project with director Mozer, wrote its script and helped produce it.
Rosner says he plans to return to the United States and apply to programs in film production. “Eventually I would like, among other things, to solicit Israeli film and television projects for production, sale or remake in the U.S.,” he says, as well as become a writer-producer of his own films and television shows.
As an undergraduate, Rosner spent two summers in Russia through Princeton programs. The first was Princeton in Petersburg
, an intensive Russian language program through the Nevsky Institute of Language and Culture. The next summer he lived in Moscow, working for the investment banking firm Alfa Capital through an internship arranged by Princeton's International Internship Program
Rosner's academic focus was Russian literary theory. Since all Princeton professors teach all levels of undergraduate courses, Rosner found his mentor in "Introduction to Russian Literature." Professor Caryl Emerson
, who served as one of Rosner's senior thesis advisers, is more than simply a brilliant academic, says Rosner; she's also an outstanding teacher.
Rosner, who came to Princeton from New York City, also earned a certificate in Near Eastern Language and Culture
with a focus on Hebrew language and literature. He wrote his senior thesis on Woody Allen and Russian literature.