Ralph Toporoff

Ralph Toporoff

Director and screenwriter in New York City, New York

About Ralph

Writer, director and cinematographer Ralph Toporoff is a film veteran of over 45 year, starting out as a reportage photographer for Look magazine, Paris Match and Gente based in Paris.

Returning to the Untied States he became a member of the Cameraman’s Union, credits include AC and camera operator on Arthur Penn’s “Alice’s Restaurant,” “The Swimmer,” and John Cassevetes’ “Husbands.”

As a Director of Photography and a member of the DGA , Ralph directed numerous commercials through his own company, the Great American Moving Picture Company for ten years.

In the 90s he produced and directed his own feature film “American Blue Note.” Released theatrically both in the US and abroad, the film was a critical and financial success as well as a festival favorite. Through the help of the Tribeca Film Institute Reframe Program the film was restored and re-issued currently streaming on Amazon and Fandor.

Today, after a long career in the industry, Ralph has happily been able again to concentrate on creating the narrative film both in full length and short form. “Nothing Personal” is the second in a group of six short narratives created with Maria Politano, Writer/Producer through their organization, Take Five.

He serves as an adjunct professor at the SVA film and video department teaching film and video production and directing.


Name: Ralph Toporoff

Lives in: New York City, New York

Occupation: Director and Screenwriter

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