Michael Lucas was born in Moscow, Russia, where he earned a law degree from the Moscow Law University. In 1997 he moved to New York; a year later he founded Lucas Entertainment, which he has built into one of the world’s most prominent gay adult-film studios. His movies, which include “Michael Lucas’ La Dolce Vita” and “Men of Israel” (the first adult film shot in Israel), have won multiple awards and have been lauded for their achievements in cinematography, style and production quality. In addition to directing, producing and starring in Lucas Entertainment productions, Michael is also a regular op-ed contributor to such publications as The Advocate, The Huffington Post and Pink News, where his passionate activism and uncompromising convictions have made him a controversial figure in the gay media world.
“Michael Lucas has used the stardom porn gave him as a platform to speak out against drugs, unsafe sex, child exploitation, anti-Semitism, religious oppression of gays, and host of other social problems.” – The Advocate
Official website: www.michaellucas.com
Yariv Mozer had graduated with distinction from Tel-Aviv University’s Film and Television Department. He is currently completing his first feature film "Snails in the rain", supported by The Rabinovich film fund. Previously he directed the documentaries, "The Invisible Men" (Israel-The Netherlands 2012), Winner of The 2012 Doc Aviv Special Jury Award and "My First War" (Israel 2008), a co-production with Zdf-Arte, Winner of The Doc Aviv Special Jury Award, IDFA First Appearance Nominee and Best Film Winner of The Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Mozer had also produced more than 15 documentary films, among them are "The Heart of Jenin" (Germany 2008), Israeli Academy Award Nominee "The House on Tabenkin st." (Israel 2008) and more;
Mozer is a member of the European Film Academy and the first Israeli producer to participate in EAVE (European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs). In addition, Mozer is a member of the Israel Academy of Motion Pictures and the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum. Mozer, former head of Entrepreneur Production Studies at the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, former Supervising Producer of Israeli production company "Alma Films" and has also served as director of the 10th Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (2004) which hosted in Tel Aviv: Mr. Richard Gere (USA), Mr. Patrice Leconte (France), Ms. Catherine Breillat (France), Mr. Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark) and Mr. Nabil Ayouch (Morocco).
Official website: www.mozer-films.com
Giyora Yahalom is the creator and chief writer for the Israeli TV drama series, “The Ran Quadruplets” (2008-2010) and the co-creator of a new drama series called "Special Relations". These two shows are currently being adopted for American T.V. by CBS-Paramount and NBC-Universal. Giyora was born and raised in Kibbutz Kinneret in the Israeli Jordan valley. Among his former jobs are five years term as the head of “Yes-DBS” original content production department (Chief Commission Editor for TV shows in the fields of Drama, Reality, Entertainment, Children and Documentary). He Lives in Tel-Aviv and teaches American and Israeli TV drama at The Sam Spiegel Film & TV School in Jerusalem.
Tal Kallai (Talula Bonet) has represented the Tel Aviv gay vibe at pride events in London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Athens. She can be seen in Eytan Fox's film, "Mary Lou" as well as other television programs and Israeli films.
Photo by Eitan Tal
Alon Levi started his career as an actor in various television and theater roles. He now concentrates on his role as spiritual therapist and lead singer of the Israeli electro-pop band, Sodabeat.
Photo by Ronen Fedidia
Saar Pelles is a freelance reporter and presenter. He has vast experience in public relations and marketing communications, media presentations and productions. Saar has served as the Public Relations Manager of the Consulate General of Israel in San Francisco between the years 2000-2003. He has appeared in numerous commercials, both in Israel and abroad, and has presented promotional videos for leading companies around the world.
Photo by Stavit Eyal
Amit Alexander Lev grew up in Petah-Tikvah and now lives in Tel Aviv. He is the former spokesperson for the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, a former counselor for the IGY (Israeli Gay Youth Organization), PR Director for the 2011 LGBTQ Youth Leaders' Summit in Tel Aviv, a volunteer in Hoshen - Education and Change and an avid LGBTQ and human rights advocate and activist.
Photo by Natasha Zangin
Joseph (Yossi) Berg is an attorney at law, human rights activist, social & real estate entrepreneur and a publisher. He is the former head of the Israeli Consumers Council (equivalent to the American FTC), and co-founder of the Public Trust Organization (equivalent to the American BBB). In addition, Joseph is the co-founder of the Rainbow Families Organization, which organizes conventions and pre-parenting groups for the GLBT community.
Nitzan Horowitz is an openly gay Israeli journalist and politician. He was the Foreign Affairs commentator and head of the International desk at News 10 in Israel, before being elected to the Knesset on the Meretz list in 2009.
Ivri Lider is an Israeli pop star and part of the duo TYP also known, as The Young Professionals. He is one of the biggest-selling contemporary artists in Israeli music and has won the Male singer of the Year honor from Israeli national and local radio stations since entering the Israeli music scene in the late 1990s. He has sold more than 200,000 records.
Eliad Cohen served in the Israel Defense Forces under an elite combat unit for three years. After completing his army service, Eliad moved to Tel Aviv where he began his modeling career. He came to prominence after being chosen as the cover model of the Spartacus International Gay Guide for the 2011-2012 issue, which led to various magazine covers around the world.
Eytan Fox is a internationally acclaimed film director who has directed films such as Yossi & Jagger, Walk On Water and The Bubble. In 2006, Fox was the first recipient of the Washington Jewish Film Festival's Decade Award, a prize given to a filmmaker whose work has made a significant contribution to Jewish cinema over a period of at least ten years.
Itai Pinkas served as chairman of the national LGBT association in Israel and was a member of the The Aviv-Jaffa City Council and advises the Mayor on LGBT affairs. Between 2004 and 2008 Pinkas served as board chairman for the Dan Region Association of Towns for Environmental Issues & Sewage. In the last few years Pinkas has been involved in the infrastructure consultancy business and is chairman of several public corporations.
Yoav Arad is a founder of Hoshen, the Israeli LGBT Education Center. In 2005, Arad married his partner Itai Pinkas as part of a public campaign to compel the state of Israel to recognize same-sex marriages. Their marriage was performed in Canada, the only country at that time which granted same-sex marriages to foreign citizens. Their request to have the marriage registered by the Interior Ministry was denied. However, in the end of 2006, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled the couple was, entitled to register their marriage in the Population Registry.
Hader Rayan Abu-Seif is an Arab Israeli independent journalist.
Rafi Vazana is the head of the culture department in the city of Holon, Israel.
Andrey Nozdrin is currently married to Rafi Vazana. They both currently reside in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Iftach Mizrahi is a dancer and actor who played the lead role in the Israeli gay film Antarctica.
Dror Pinto is the owner of the public relations company Dror Pinto Communications.
Dvir Bar is the editor of the Israeli gay magazine - FOD.
Eyal Givli is the editor-in-chief of the popular Israeli weekly youth magazine – Rosh1.
Idan Sagiv Richter is a filmmaker and a human rights activist. He works in the distribution of queer films with the main LGBTQ film festivals in Europe. Before the construction of the Separation Wall between Israel and Palestine, he worked with Palestinian gay youth in need. He co-directed the first Israeli TV campaign against homophobia.
Jason Danino Holt is a former MTV Europe host and presenter.
Oren Magaen is currently studying for his PHD in political science.
Shay Rokach is the owner of the Tel-Aviv gay bar, Evita.
Yonaton Vanunu is party and nightlife promoter in Tel-Aviv.