Jared Rappaport holds a degree in Mass Media from the University of Illinois and received his Masters of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute.
As a Directing Fellow at the AFI, he was awarded THE REMY MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP, given to the most outstanding student at the Institutes Center For Advanced Film Studies, and THE AMY ROSE BLOCH SCHOLARSHIP for excellence and creativity.
Early On, an educational television series he wrote, produced, and directed for Florida Public Broadcasting, is currently being seen on PBS stations. Designed to improve reading skills for children in grades kindergarten through third grade, Early On has been greeted with effusive praise by educators.
Jared co-founded and was creative director of the film company Wizard Productions specializing in industrial and commercial filmmaking. His clients included: the United States Department of Education, IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, REEBOK, the Boeing Company, Hilton International, The National Oceanographic Administration, Taco Bell, and a myriad of others.
Professor Rappaport began his Hollywood career writing for the television Series Family Medical Center and the long running daytime serial, Days of Our Lives.
He has written film scripts for most of the major film studios, including: Legendary Lou McBride for Sony; How High the Moon and Body and Soul, as well as production rewrites for Fluke for MGM; Duty to Defend and Senior Trip for Paramount; and the animated feature Mountain of Dreams for Warner Brothers.
Jared also co-wrote and co-produced Blindness, an independent theatrical release starring Vivian Wu and Joe Lando. His script Thats Life, a Manhattan ensemble comedy about the difficulties of staying monogamous in a long-term relationship, is currently in pre-production.
He has most recently completed Fathers and Sons, a trilogy of vignettes co-written and co-directed with his fellow AFI graduates Rodrigo Garcia and Robert Spera, seen nationally on The Showtime Network this past Fathers Day. This trio of filmmakers is currently at work on their next script, Man and Wife.
Jared is presently at work on the script, Good Humor for Mockingbird Productions, as well as a script for David Ladd at MGM, Baby I Can Make You A Star, and the spec script Jeez If You Love Honkus.
Jared has moderated and participated in panels at film festivals such as the Sarasota Film Festival, and the Riverrun Film festival, and most recently led a Masters Seminar in Directing at the North Carolina School of the Arts. His professional affiliations include: the Writers Guild of America West; The Directors Guild of America; and the University Film and Video Association.