Noga Ashkenazi is an Israeli writer/director, who studied Filmmaking at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and holds a degree in Theater and Dance from Grinnell College, where she graduated as valedictorian of her class in 2009.
Following her graduation, Noga moved to Los Angeles and worked as Director of Development at a film production company at Paramount Studios, where she supervised script-selection and worked closely with writers, producers and directors to provide creative input on the company’s slate.
Her first feature-length film as Director/Producer was the documentary, THE GREY AREA: FEMINISM BEHIND BARS, which depicts the lives of inmates at a maximum-security women’s prison in Iowa, and explores women’s issues in the Criminal Justice System. THE GREY AREA premiered at the ArcLight Cinemas Documentary Film Festival in Los Angeles, and won the Best Documentary Award at the Julien Dubuque Int’l Film Festival. The film was picked up for distribution by Women Make Movies and was released on DVD in 2013.
In 2017, Noga Ashkenazi wrote and directed her first narrative feature titled SAINTS REST. A musical drama set in small-town Iowa, SAINTS REST tells the story of two estranged sisters, who over the course of one summer, form a connection through their shared love of music, as they grieve the recent death of their mother.