ORNA RACHOVITSKY was born is Seattle, raised in Dayton, Ohio, and lived in Boston before finally making Los Angeles her home. As a young child, she studied piano. At the age of nine, Orna did her first audition ever to become a member of her synagogue's choir. Music became and still is an integral part of her life providing a foundation for both her technical and artistic inclinations. It was music that led her to acting and filmmaking.
One year after graduating from Brandeis University, Orna realized one of her greatest dreams since childhood: to finally start studying acting. After studying with various teachers in Boston, participating in theatre, film, and commercial projects, Orna finally packed up an 11-foot Budget rental van with her belongings and drove cross-country in eight days to move to Los Angeles. Her dear friend Yael Irom helped get her a job at the Los Angeles Film School where Thom Mount, former President of Universal Pictures, hired her full time to manage the Admissions Department outreach efforts. While there for a year managing the school's student recruitment, Orna participated in student films and took classes in editing, film analysis, and producing.
She left the school to produce her first feature film, "Sex Guns Money @ 20," about instant gratification. This experience proved to be her greatest technical and artistic challenge, which laid the foundation for the next movie "In Plain View," about terrorism in America. Another feature followed, "Joshua Tree," starring Michael Madsen, Vincent Pastore, Steven Bauer and Emilio Roso. Just after filming of "Joshua Tree" was completed, Orna began producing "Two de Force," about the big picture of politics and who really pulls the strings.
Throughout the creation of these independent productions, Orna produced a feature documentary of legendary conguero and bata master, Francisco Aguabella, whom she also managed for ten years until his passing in May 2010. The final production is scheduled to be released next year and will support the Francisco Aguabella Music Scholarship at UCLA, where he taught in the Department of Ethnomusicology for fourteen years.
While working on the features, Orna expanded her body of work to include music video, voiceovers, on hold messages, websites, product and training videos, web tutorials and more. Orna is always developing new creative projects, and continues to combine her passion for music with film.
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