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Mike Cahill

Screenwriter, Director

Since a young age, Mike Cahill would experiment with filmmaking on Fisher Price and VHS camcorders. While studying Economics at Georgetown, he bought a Hi8 camera from a pawn shop and taught himself to edit on Adobe Premiere. He began working for National Geographic, first as an intern, but within a few months, he became the youngest field producer, editor, and cinematographer on the NG staff. After several years filming sharks, turtles and other sea life for the Crittercam series, Cahill moved to Cuba for a year to make the award-winning documentary, Boxers and Ballerinas. He later migrated to Los Angeles where he worked on various docs—he edited Sundance 2006 films, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man and Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out; he also produced and directed several episodes of MTV’s Emmy Award-winning series True Life. Additionally, he creates video art under the name Day Old Teeth, and he directed the Hand of God installation that showed in 2009 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

In December of 2009, Cahill decided to make his first narrative feature film—Another Earth, which he directed, co-wrote, produced, shot and edited. The indie sci-fi drama was accepted to Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2011, where it won the Special Jury Award and the Sloan Prize and was picked up by Fox Searchlight. He is developing several feature projects; among them is one on reincarnation and another about a fashion designer who lives at the bottom of the sea.

Past Programs Featuring Mike Cahill

Friday, June 3, 2011 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm