Ishai Setton grew up in the suburbs of Allentown, Pennsylvania, equidistant to The Olive Garden and Chili's.
He attended New York University where he earned a BFA with honors in Film and Television Production from the Tisch School of the Arts.
His first feature film, The Big Bad Swim, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened at film festivals around the world, including Karlovy Vary, Munich, Zurich, Avignon and Istanbul Film Festivals. The film follows an adult beginner’s swim class and stars Paget Brewster and Jess Weixler. The Big Bad Swim received a runner-up Audience Award for Best Director from the Seattle International Film Festival and won best American Independent from the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival among others.
Ishai’s latest feature film, The Kitchen, an experimental comedy that takes place in a kitchen during a woman's 30th birthday party, stars Laura Prepon, Bryan Greenberg, Dreama Walker and Amber Stevens. That film opened in theaters in LA in Spring 2013, and was released in the US by Monterey Media. Ishai won a Vimeo Filmmaker Grant for The Kitchen and the film is currently screening on Hulu, Amazon Prime and airing internationally on The Sundance Channel.
In addition to directing, Ishai also works as an editor. He edited the feature documentary Artifact, which was directed by Jared Leto. The film won the Audience Award at the 2013 Gotham Awards and the Audience Award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. He also edited the 30 Seconds to Mars music video, Closer to the Edge.
In the television world, Ishai spent three seasons as an Editor and Assistant Editor on Glee. He then edited the first season of Scream Queens. Currently he is working as an Editor on the Fox TV show, Empire.
Ishai is also a member of the 2014-2016 ABC/Disney DGA Directing Fellowship.
Ishai currently resides in Glendale, CA, strangely enough, once again equidistant to Chili’s and The Olive Garden.
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