Rudolf is an award winning independent filmmaker who likes challenges. His short INDOOR FIREWORKS was the world’s first fully digital film, shot on the groundbreaking 2K Viper filmstream camera and praised by the likes of fellow director Darren Aronofsky and composer Angelo Badalamenti, who also scored the film. It preceded Michael Mann and David Fincher’s use of the same technology and was picked up by Canal+ for European distribution.
His short REARVIEW was nominated by the BBC as best short of 2006 in their ‘new talent strand’ and screened at the LA International Shortsfest, Cannes and Venice. It was shortlisted by the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival for a Golden Melies nomination.
In 2008 Rudolf was shortlisted by filmaka.com as finalist in their international filmmaking challenge by a Jury including Werner Hertzog, Wim Wenders and Paul Schrader. Rudolf made it all the way to the finals amongst a select group of 12 filmmakers.
In 2009 Rudolf directed the feature length documentary THE GOONER REVIEW starring Paul Kaye, David Soul and Nick Hornby to raise money for The Willow Foundation.
In 2010 Rudolf edited the Wesley Snipes feature film GALLOWWALKERS that was sold worldwide and distributed by LionsGate.
In 2011 Rudolf directed his debut theatrical feature DARK HEARTS starring Kyle Schmid (Copper), Lucas Till (X-men), Sonja Kinski (from the Kinski acting Dynasty) and Goran Visjnic (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), nominated as best film at the 20th Raindance Film Festival, winner of the LA Neo-noir film festival and picked up for distribution by Vertical Entertainment in the US and Klockworx in Japan, amongst others. It recently screened on Showtime and TCM.
In 2012 Rudolf directed his second theatrical feature WHERE THE ROAD RUNS OUT starring Isaach De Bankolé (casino Royale), Juliet Landau (Buffy) and Stelio Savante (A Beautiful Mind). It was the first feature film ever to shoot in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. This film was selected for the Variety sponsored 2014 San Diego Film Festival where it won both the ‘BEST OF FESTIVAL’ award against Academy contenders like ‘Home’ and ‘The Imitation Game’ as well as the San Diego Tribune’s award for best film. It was also in competition at the Heartland Film Festival, the prestigious Pan African Film Festival, Durban International, AFI Silverfest and won ‘Best Director’ at The Sunscreen Film Festival. In 2016 it also won the Jury Award at The Helsinki African film Festival in Finland. In 2017 it won a Black Reel Award alongside ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Fences’.
In 2013 Rudolf directed the celebrity play 110 STORIES at the Nate Holden Theatre in Los Angeles, a 9-11 tribute for charity. It received a standing ovation from an audience that included Sydney Poitier and other luminaries. The cast included Golden Globe nominee Diane Venora, Ernie Hudson, Jon Heder, Stephen Bauer and Dash Mihok.
In 2014 Rudolf produced and edited the documentary film ‘MEDICINE OF THE WOLF’, with world renowned photographer Jim Brandenburg. The film had its world premiere at the St. Paul Minnesota International film festival where it won ‘Audience Choice Award’ It also won ‘Festival Grand Prize’ at the Arizona International Film Festival.
In 2016 Rudolf directed SELLING ISOBEL, a dark thriller based on a true story about sex trafficking. It stars Frida Farrell (Contract Killers), Matthew Marsden (Rambo), Alison Stoner (Step Up 3D) and Lew Temple (The Walking Dead). It won ‘Best Independent Film’ at the 2016 Raindance Film Festival, ‘Best Non-European Feature’ at the European Independent Film Festival in 2017 in Paris, France, Best ‘Breakout Film’ at the 2017 San Diego International Film Festival and ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Editing’ at the Southampton International Film Festival in the UK. In 2018 it won the California Women’s Film Festival.
In 2017 Rudolf directed HEX, a supernatural thriller shot on location in Cambodia, a first for a Canadian production, the film is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and slated for a 2018 release.
Rudolf is a DGA and BAFTA member in good standing.