Jerome Henry Rudes, La Médaille d’Or du Rayonnement Culturel


A dual citizen of both the United States and France, Jerry Henry Rudes has been working in French-American cultural exchange for over 30 years. In 1981, he created the French-American Centers, not-for-profit teaching organizations based in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Marseille, Montpellier and Lyon.


As of 1984, he launched the Avignon Film Festival as a crossroads for independent cinema between France and the U.S. In 1993, in collaboration with the Harvard Film Archive, Jerry created a sister event stateside, the Avignon/Cambridge Film Festival, which moved to the French Institute/Alliance Française in Manhattan and was re-named the Avignon/New York Film Festival.

In 2004, Jerry co-authored Samuel Fuller’s A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking (Alfred Knopf), which won the prize for Best Non-Fiction of the Year from the Los Angeles Times. He also supervised the French version of the book, Un Troisième Visage (Editions Allia), in 2011.

In 2008, Jerry launched Cinémonde Soirées, a year-round series of invitation-only evenings in Manhattan for film lovers and filmmakers with sneak previews of thought-provoking films from around the world. Among the filmmakers who have presented their work over the last five years at Cinémonde are Mary Stuart Masterson, John Turturro, Susan Seidelman, Matthew Broderick, Patrice Leconte, Laurent Tirard and Jennifer Devoldère.

Since 2002, Jerry has served as U.S. Coordinator for LVT, a world leader in subtitling based in France. In that capacity, he has supervised the subtitling of hundreds of films, including many official selections for the Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Rome, Tribeca and Toronto Film Festivals. The work has brought Jerry into collaboration with great storytellers from around the world, including Michael Moore, Spike Lee, Leos Carax, Luc Besson, Ken Burns, Emanuele Crialese, John Sayles, Whit Stillman, Ang Lee, Philippe Le Guay, Wayne Wang, Takashi Miike and Benoit Jacquot.