1.4 Jury Profile – Raquel Elfassi

RAQUEL ELFASSI

Owner

R&D Placement

Los Angeles

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Raquel Elfassi is a founder of R&D, a consultancy agency headquartered in Los Angeles that works with talent across features, short film and advertising. Her versatile experience has made R&D the go-to for placing directors domestically and internationally, and a solution in the fast evolving media landscape for production companies trying to keep their finger on the pulse. Raquel and R&D also offer expertise recruiting top executive management for the content production arena, which includes integrated production companies and creative studios.

Raquel has worked at the highest level throughout her career. She helped with the launch of The Directors Bureau alongside Mike Mills and Roman Coppola, and founded renowned representation firm Resource LA & Paris where she was instrumental shaping the commercial careers of award-winning directors Noam Murro and David Shane. She began her career as a director’s agent at Propaganda working with David Fincher, Mark Romanek and Michael Bay.

I was born in…
Los Angeles, Ca. To be specific… the Valley

I now live in…
Los Angeles, Ca.

I’m listening to…
Chance the Rapper Coloring Book, Kendrick Lamar DAMN, The Specials (my summertime ritual)

Watching…
Game of Thrones, The Defiant Ones, Atlanta

Reading…
Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela

Dreaming of…
a new President

I wish I’d known when I was 18…
To follow my instinct and not measure myself up against peers

Sometimes I wish I were…
Canadian (see answer to dreaming)

My most valuable social media app is…
Venmo

What’s not to love about…
The new generation of interdisciplinary filmmakers

Where’s the next creative centre…
In the bedroom of any kid with a phone. It’s totally democratized

Best advice you’ve ever been given…
Follow your passion. The rest will follow you

In the end what really matters…
Good lighting for women, sit ups for men