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Cinematic Philosophy Book (2016)

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, and based on Tal's PhD dissertation, Cinematic Philosophy, sets out to identify cinema as a novel medium for philosophy and an important way of manifesting and developing philosophical thought. 



Tal S. Shamir (PhD) has directed, produced, written, and edited dozens of short films that have been presented at a wide range of film festivals, galleries, and museums; he has won many awards, including a Gold Medal in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' 2011 Student Oscars, for his film The Vermeers.

While serving in the Israeli Navy for six years, Tal created and commanded the Special-Ops combat Video Team, demonstrating the possibility of analyzing the navy's special forces training through video.

As part of his MA in film studies, Tal also created and produced the RUFF CUTS and FINE CUTS film showcases, which allowed film students to share, discuss, and improve their films. This platform has become the central ongoing film-screening event of The New School’s media studies department.

Tal holds a PhD in philosophy, film, and media from the European Graduate School, and his first book on cinema, titled Cinematic Philosophy, published by Palgrave Macmillan/Springer, came out in 2016 to rave reviews.

Parallel to his work and studies in film, Tal served for 10.5 years in the JDC, the largest American Jewish humanitarian aid organization, and created and directed its NY Security Team.  

Tal directed, produced, and edited XPOSURE BEGINS (2016), a 12-minute film that serves as proof of concept for a feature-length psychological thriller. 

Tal has completed three feature-length screenplays, currently in development: XPOSURE (2015), DEUS X MACHINA (2017), and CONTROL (2019); he has also written a TV series bible entitled THE EYE (2018).

Tal is currently in pre-production for a short film titled SWIM LION, about a rejected swimmer who begs for a second chance and is pushed beyond her breaking point.



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