Shimon Dotan, a Fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities, is an award-winning filmmaker with thirteen feature films to his credit. His films have been the recipients of the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival (The Smile of the Lamb), numerous Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Director (Repeat Dive; The Smile of the Lamb), Best Film at the Newport Beach Film Festival (You Can Thank Me Later) and the Special Jury Prize at Sundance (Hot House). Dotan is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship Award and of a Cullman Fellowship for scholars and writers at the New York Public Library. He has taught filmmaking and film studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel and at Concordia University in Montreal. Since 2003 he is teaching at NYU and at New School University.