Monty Miranda • Director

BIOGRAPHY

Monty Miranda is a director, writer and producer. He was born at Hahn Air Base, Germany. He began his post high school studies at the Air Force Academy and after six challenging months and one easy decision; he resigned and enrolled in the University of Colorado to study filmmaking and journalism.

Mr. Miranda's first experience as a Director was with the unauthorized use of the family Super 8 mm movie camera at age eight; which ignited his passion for filmmaking. Upon graduating Miranda founded the production company, Incite Films. Through that Denver based company Miranda directed hundreds of national television commercials for a variety of clients ranging from McDonalds to TIVO. In addition to commercials Incite Films created the first national video game television series, Twitch which ran for two seasons and Mr. Miranda directed.

Monty Miranda’s feature film directorial debut, Skills Like This, won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the SXSW Film Festival. In over 20 film festival appearances the darkly comic film continued on to receive “Best of the Fest” honors at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize for Best American Feature Jacksonville Film Festival and a Free Spirit Award Nomination at the Warsaw International Film Festival. Upon the film’s theatrical release Miranda received strong reviews from The New York Times, “…eye catching direction”, SALON, “cheerfully anarchic…indescribably genuine”, to Variety, “…artfully directed with considerable intelligence and chemistry.” Skills Like This released internationally, on-demand, DVD, digital, and on the premium cable network Starz.

Mr. Miranda’s work is known for its diverse use of music and keen sense of comedy. Monty has worked with such artists as Palma Violets, John Meyer, Steve Jordan, New Order, Matthew Sweet and Devotchka, actors and pro athletes from Spike Lee and Daryl Hannah to Tony Hawk. The Cannes LIONS, the CLIO’s, the Effies, the Addy’s, the BDA’s, have honored Monty Miranda’s work. His award winning political spots have been featured in the national press. CNN, the LA Times and the Washington Post praised the ads for their innovative approach and contribution to a landslide upset victory by political neophyte (GOV) John Hickenlooper, helping him win, office by the largest margin in history.

Releasing in 2014 are the Miranda directed thriller The Insomniac starring Danny Trejo and John Heard, and American Mustang, Miranda’s first 3D motion picture. Also debuting in March is Miranda’s international VISA film campaign for the 2014 FIFA WORLD.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science Film Studies/Journalsim - University of Colorado – Boulder

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

SXSW FILM Guest Panelist 2014
Director’s Guild of America – Documentary nominating committee and Juror 2012-2013
Cannes Lion 2010 Festival Panelist with Gavin Polone, Common and Nick Cannon
ADCD 2011 Guest Director Panelist
”Top 25 Movers and Shakers Art, Entertainment, and Culture" 2009, 2008 ,2007 • Editorial Staff Rocky Mountain News
Features Juror • Starz Denver International Film Festival 2008
PROJECT GREENLIGHT Director Finalist “Season 3”