Isaac Ergas | 22 min | USA | 2012
HONORABLE MENTION FOR THE AAAS SCIENTIST AWARD, 5th ANNUAL ISFF
NEW YORK PREMIERE
When the great cholera outbreak of 1854 sends London spinning out of control, Dr. John Snow must stand up to the city’s most powerful players in exposing the ugly truth about London’s water supply.
Directed by | Isaac Ergas
Written by | Isaac Ergas & Jay New
Cinematography by | Elizabeth Yarwood
Produced by | Jay New, John Paul Henderson, Jonathan Hay, Isaac Ergas
Cast | Chuck McCollum, Rebecca Spicher, Darin Singleton, Gregory Gifford Giles, Morrison Keddie, Anthony Mark Barrow
Edited by | Nate Harrison
Composer | Barrett Yeretsian, Martin Christopher
Sound Editor | Aaron Wesley Covington, Jonathan Deutsch
Isaac Ergas is a Los Angeles based award winning writer/director who holds a Masters Degree in film and television production from the University of Southern California. Having worked for several years at a children’s summer camp in the Sierra Mountains and serving two years in Cameroon as a Peace Corps volunteer, Isaac comes to film with a deep appreciation for the environment and enduring commitment to humanitarian efforts. It is through this thematic lens that Isaac tells stories that are not only engaging and thought provoking, but socially relevant as well.
Isaac also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and is specifically interested in making films that address issues of health and social justice in our society. He often writes narrative stories that touch on “hot button topics” and shed light on the controversial issues of our day. He especially enjoys tenacious characters that rise up in the face of powerful adversaries, and while they may not always succeed, celebrates their unyielding desire to have their voices heard. Isaac uses film as an art form to explore complex issues and intriguing characters that have something interesting to say about life.
While Isaac’s films may often touch on unorthodox themes, his goal is to make films that are first and foremost entertaining. Whether using drama or humor, he believes that of primary importance is story and character, that they are well defined, interesting and interwoven. Along with eye-catching images and visceral pacing, Isaac aims to captivate his audience and immerse them in a cinematic journey.