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Bill Rebane

Bill Rebane

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Bill Rebane
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Bill Rebane
Born
Ito RebaneFebruary 8, 1937 (age 76)Riga,Latvia
Nationality
American
Other names
Bill Rebane
Education
 
Occupation
Film director Film producer Screenwriter 
Years active
1963
 – 
 present
Known for
Notable work(s)
, 
Twist Craze
 
Spouse(s)
Barbara J.
Baron
Bill Rebane
(born February 8, 1937) is an American film director, producer,and screenwriter. He is best known for  low budget horror movies such as
Twist Craze
 
 
and 
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 Rebane also ran for the governor of  Wisconsin in 1979 and 2002 as the American Reform Party candidate.
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Biography
Rebane came to the United States from Estonia in 1952 at age 15.
 His mother wasLatvian and his father, Arnold Rebane, was Estonian.  He attended school in post-war Germany as a child, becoming conversant in four languages: Estonian, Latvian, German and Russian. By watching American cinema, hewas able to master English.
 He attended the Art Institute of Chicago/Goodman Theatre,majoring in drama.
Accomplishments
Rebane is credited with the introduction of the first 360 degree (wrap around) motion picture process to the Motion Picture Industry of the world, an innovation that spurredthe Cinemax process and today's Rotascope cameras; as the creator of the WisconsinFilm Office; as the producer, director, writer, and cinematographer on 12 independentfeature films, all of which have enjoyed successful international theatrical release; as producer/director of one of the fifty top-grossing films 1975 (
,$23 million gross in 1975); as having produced, directed, edited, and production designed at least one hundred commercial, industrial, corporate image,documentary or promotion films; and for the creation and successful operation of thefirst full-time feature film studio in the Midwest for over 30 years.
 
Recognition
In October 2009, Rebane received the Wisconsin Filmmaker 'Lifetime AchievementAward', presented to him at the 2009 Madison Horror Film Festival.
Career
Post-college
Rebane's first positions in media included working for  WGN-TV in Chicago, where he worked his way through the ranks, beginning with a position in the mailroom, and thenas floor manager, assistant producer, and assistant to executive producer .
 Partaking in production of various live television broadcasts, also allowed him the opportunities asan actor and singer, resulting in appearances on such shows as the courtroom dramaseries 
 and the syndicated musical-variety series
The International Cafe
.
Baltes and Cinema Scope
Rebane returned to Germany at age 19, where he met and worked with producer Adalbert Baltes of  Hamburg,Germany. Rebane credits working with Baltes as his start in the film industry. After working with Baltes as a production assistant, assistantdirector, and director on various 'Cinema Scope Theatrical Short Subjects' for 'BaltesFilm', Rebane obtained the U.S. rights to the 'Cinetarium' circular motion picture process.
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 Rebane returned to the U.S. and introduced the proprietary process to the world filmindustry through 'United Film and Recording Studios' in Chicago, attracting suchnotables as Samuel Goldwyn, Roy Disney, Jack Warner , Hugh Hefner ,and Michael Todd Jr. to the process, along with industry professionals from Russia, central Europeand Japan.By age 22, Rebane was a millionaire. However, his early wealth was temporary, ascosts of patents, legal fees, and research into means to manufacture vertical projectionsystems, were at the time beyond the financial means of the companies he had formedfor development of the process.
Early film production
Rebane then turned to film production. His first independent production effort was theten-minute musical theatrical short subject called 
 which was purchased byAmerican International Pictures.The film became an international success boththeatrically and financially, and enjoyed a 10-week holdover at the Oriental Theater  in Chicago, which until that time, was an unheard phenomenon for independent shortsubject theatrical productions. The film earned twenty times its production cost.Rebane followed this success with a 20-minute theatrical musical short titled 
,which surpassed the success of 
Twist Craze
, ultimately being purchased byCrown International Pictures for international release.

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