Films and Filmmakers Series
Dan Mirvish is a director, screenwriter, producer, and author. He's just finished the award-winning, critically-acclaimed feature Bernard and Huey, scripted by Oscar/Pulitzer-winner Jules Feiffer, and starring Oscar-winner Jim Rash and David Koechner which screened in over 30 film festivals on 5 continents and had a 20-city theatrical release by Freestyle Releasing/Entertainment Studios in the US, and has sold to over 49 countries. The film won several festivals and end-of-year awards and nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Dan is the author of the bestselling non-fiction book The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking from Focal Press/Routledge. Dan was mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, Omaha (the movie), which led him to co-found the upstart Slamdance Film Festival. His film Open House prompted the Academy Awards to controversially rewrite their rules on the Best Original Musical category.
Dan has a master's degree from USC film school, is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and has guest lectured at more than 30 film schools and universities.